When the Conservatives won their majority this Spring (as one of few bloggers who predicted it), I didn't predict the speed at which they would introduce long-awaited legislation. Without looking anything up, here's a quick checkpoint summary of such bills that I can remember.
- - Eliminated the long-gun registry
- - Eliminate the Canadian Wheat Board
- - Not renewing commitment to the Kyoto Protocol
- - Ask over 70 departments to present 5% and 10% reductions in their budgets
- - Not hiring replacements for retiring bureaucrats
- - Requiring faces to not be covered during citizenship oath
- - Passed the omnibus crime bill
- - Changed name of military back to "Royal" prefix
I'm sure there's more as these are the popular ones, but you are free to add more in the comments. Like I said, I'm amazed at what's been done and undone in just under half a year of a parliamentary session.
Also note a recent Abacus poll which has the Conservatives at 40% and another poll showing that 65% of Canadians believe we are on the right track. Despite Liberals and Dippers crying afoul that the gov't is stripping Canada of its identity, I would argue that we're actually getting it back from the Pearson-Trudeau-Chretien liberalism and these measures above certainly appeal to conservatives and libertarians alike.
Considering that an election is 3.5 years away, the NDP are mired in a leadership race, the Liberals have an interim leader, and the Bloc are an after-thought, the timing to bring in all this legislation early is a smart move by Harper.