The Liberal Party is now the parliamentary equivalent of that person who comments “FIRST!!” after a news article or youTube video.
Some Liberal Interns camped outside a parliamentary office for 30 Hours to ensure that their amendments to bill C-38 (the budget omnibus bill) were filed first. Seen here in a CBC photo:
The Journals Office starts accepting amendments on legislation as soon as the committee report is filed in the House of Commons chamber, and the Finance Committee finished looking at C-38 late Tuesday. And since no one knew exactly when the report for the Conservative lead committee would be filed, the Liberals started camping out early Wednesday morning. Until late this morning. (Oh the life of a Liberal intern!)
The NDP filed their amendments a little later that afternoon.
Clearly the Liberals really wanted to be first in line. It mattered to them that they’re amendments would be before the NDP amendments. The intern’s time could have been spent doing Liberal Party related outreach or communications or whatever, but instead they were trying to race the NDP to the microphone. It sounds like the Libs have developed an inferiority complex, to me.
The old Liberal Party wouldn’t have cared, which is why this shows once again that the Liberals are at all-time lows!
Also as an aside – I wonder if those are paid interns or unpaid interns?
If they are paid interns: The Liberals just paid three interns to wait for 30 hours in a hallway. Was that from their parliamentary budget, i.e. paid for by the taxpayers? Or were these folks paid for by the Liberal Party, in which case (at minimum wage levels) the Liberals spent $1,000 on this!
If they are unpaid interns: Canada has rules against making, or letting, people work for free. Interns are an exception but the law is very clear that one of the conditions for that is that Interns must be getting career experience and training out of the deal. And that clearly wasn’t the case here.
….Um …. Awkward!