The Conservative federal government’s proposal to toughen drunk driving laws, as announced by Justice Minister Peter MacKay this week, is laudable in substance but cynical in execution.
Parliament’s summer break will soon arrive and when the MPs return, the country will find itself in the midst of a general election campaign.
The governing party knows fully well it cannot pass this proposed legislation during this term. The MP who introduced it before the cameras, flanked by hopeful mothers, is not seeking reelection.
This government has been in power since 2006. Why has it waited until now to introduce this important legislation?
Doing so now smacks of pre-election theatre. Grieving families who’ve lobbied hard to see this kind of legislation deserve much better than this.