The most bogus-y b.s. is this bit about Bill 9 “signalling [the government’s] desire for legislation that better meets its policy objectives.”
There may indeed be many reasons for why an act isn’t proclaimed right away. But, the government side, in their infinite wisdom, has led exactly ZERO SECONDS of testimony on why they haven’t proclaimed the Public Services Sustainability Act yet. (My guess is that’s because the only reason they have isn’t a very good one – tactical scheming to get the PSSA to be actually effective without having legal effect.)
It’s too late to start claiming that you have a reason now – oh, actually, we didn’t proclaim it because it isn’t meeting our policy needs. Really? So why don’t you just un-pass (repeal) the PSSA then? Could it be because then it would no longer be a law, and then everyone could just ignore it?
If you are serious, and are actually going to make the PSSA better, then, by all means, go ahead and do it. Make Bill 9 law already.
If the government wanted to make the argument that they want amend the PSSA to make it better meet their policy needs, then fairness dictates that they would have to give The Smasher the chance to rev up the chainsaw and have at this new sad assertion on cross-examination. And yes, then he would also get to dig into ALL the possible reasons for not proclaiming the PSSA – asserted, suspected, dubious, and otherwise, and thus it would be bound to be another massacre.
Furthermore, “signalling”? You’re kidding right? There could also be any number of reasons why the government would be making amendments to the PSSA. And no reason why anyone would infer as a fact that the amendments are made to “signal” the government’s intention to get legislation that “better meets its policy objectives”. That’s a leap, not a logical conclusion, and a very unlikely one.
The better and more likely reason is that the government introduced amendments in Bill 9 simply as a specious excuse for trying to get Justice McKelvey to delay her decision in this trial.
The Pallister Government simply cannot resist playing games.