NDP leader Thomas Mulcair played political games in the House of Commons yesterday, filibustering the opportunity to pass Dan Albas’ (C) Bill C-311 which would have allowed inter-provincial wine shipping in Canada. The post-Prohibition law remains, making it a federal offence to drive across any provincial border with a bottle of wine in your trunk, never mind having a winery ship you a case.
So much for the NDP supporting small business and being on the right side of history, in this case at least. As an NDP supporter who still has a heavy heart from Jack Layton’s passing, this is a pretty crushing turn of events. I simply don’t understand how this fits with the party’s mandate or philosophy.
From the Twittersphere:
Mark Hicken has the scoop here…
UPDATE 4:15 P.M. – Looks like we just may get one more chance next week, this time because of the Liberals stepping in. Mark Hicken explains… MORE 4:30 P.M. – NDP now calling the move a mistake, unintentional.