Chief lashes out at filibustering lawmakers

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday took the opportunity of the question-and-answer session at the Legislative Council to lash out at filibustering lawmakers, saying the tactic has now spread to other committees in Legco and that Hongkongers are becoming fed up.

He said a number of relief measures for the public are at risk of being delayed and that the lawmakers responsible are not only violating the aspirations of the people but also affecting Hong Kong’s competitiveness.

His remarks drew immediate flak from several lawmakers, one of whom, Albert Chan Wai-yip, shouted out that the public was becoming disgusted with the chief executive.

Responding to pan-democratic lawmaker Leung Yiu- chung’s criticism that the government was deliberately seeking a quarrel with the filibustering lawmakers by not seeking temporary funding, the chief executive said: “The government has tabled this year’s budget bill to Legco. If some people claim there is no filibuster in Legco, I am sure that over seven million citizens outside [the Legco] will not believe that.”

Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing imposed a time cap to end the filibuster as voting on more than 1,100 amendments will start tonight.

Tsang set a target for Legco to finish examining the budget bill on June 4. EDDIE LUK

Government Grants Charity Status to “Men’s Issues” Group Canadian Association for Equality

Press release from the Canadian Association for Equality:

TORONTO, ONTARIO — The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) has become the first registered charity with a primary mandate to advance public education and awareness of the serious issues facing boys, men and fathers. There are at present only a small handful of men’s resource centres across Canada, but they are all social service oriented.

CAFE focuses on providing positive solutions to the important but overlooked social problems of fatherlessness, disparities in men’s health and the boys crisis in education, but does not shy away from raising necessary critical questions about concepts like rape culture and ideological feminism.

“Achieving charity status provides a major financial boost in our effort to grow our organization and will greatly expand the programs we intend to offer at our soon to open Canadian Centre for Men and Families,” said Adam McPhee, CAFE Spokesperson.

“But the real significance is in the legitimization gained for our agenda to advance public education of the health and well-being of boys and men. The government rigorously reviewed our programs and determined them to be in the public interest.”