Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bernier Admits Defeat

I take this to mean that the Tories will not support watering down Bill C-32, which is an amendment to the tobacco act that would prohibit the sale of flavoured cigarette products in Canada (esp. candy-flavored cigarillos, which are allegedly marketed towards children).

Interesting to see if this has any effect on the Senate, which has independent reasons for treating the bill with caution. Interesting too to see what happens in Quebec, where Rothmans, Benson & Hedges has threatened to close down a tobacco factory near Quebec City if the Bill goes through unamended.

Lastly, Bernier's statement concludes:

Unfortunately, the debate within our party has led to a decision which is contrary to the one I have supported. In politics, one sometimes wins battles, sometimes loses others. As a team player, I have chosen to rally the large consensus within my team, though without repudiating the principles that I have defended.

Could someone show that to Denis Coderre?


Quixotique said...

That is actually what democratic representation is all about.

Good on you for pointing that out.

buckets said...

"…the debate within our party has led to a decision…"

Interesting slip that. The important debate is internal to the party, not parliament, the country, etc.