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Updated on January 14, 2010

Harper's Move to Prorogue Canadian Parliament Facing Growing Dissent

Torontonians like their Canadian counterpart all over the country will brave the freezing cold weather on January 23, and march in droves to Dundas Square to show their displeasure and dissent against Stephen Harper’s Proroguing of Parliament and suspending Democracy until March 3. This is the second time Harper has done this in less than two years. The first one after his conservative government was on the verge of being toppled by a united opposition set to deliver a no-confidence vote.

Last December 30, the Canadian Prime Minister announced that he will Prorougue Parliament. What this means is that: A.Committees investigating accusations of torture of Afghan detainees will stop working.

B. All bills being debated in Parliament are thrown in the trash. Discussion on bills such as new crime legislation, credit cards insurance rates, etc. will start from scratch in March, laying into waste hard work done by all parties.

C. Opportunities to move forward with Canada’s plan for sustainable development are stalled for more than a month. Questions about Canada’s shameful inaction at the Copenhagen climate-change summit are silenced.

D. Qualified discussions and decisions about the pension crises affecting Canada’s senior citizens stops.

E. Your Member of Parliament (MPs) cannot raise your concerns in Ottawa.

An international news magazine, The Economist in its editorial sharply criticized Harper’s move, saying “Canada cannot afford a part-time Parliament that sits only at the prime minister’s pleasure.”

News reports indicate that more than 150,000 people have now joined the group Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament on a social networking site. Adding their voices to this growing protests are more than 175 of the country's political scientists, legal scholars, and university philosophers who have attached their names to a letter protesting Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to prorogue parliament.

Harper’s move is also seen by many opposition parliamentarians as a “cowardly” attempt to avoid scandal.

Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota in a statement released New Year’s Day said that Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament is about “avoiding the scrutiny of Parliament at a time when this government is facing tough questions about their conduct.”

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    MercuryNewsOnline 8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Fair Comment. Let's hope and pray that Canadians are not "Dory" like fish species with "extremely short memory-span" that can easily be devoured by political sharks who are fond of proroguing the Canadian Parliament.

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    lmmartin 8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

    Each time Harper has pulled on his emergency brakes chain, it has been to forestall defeat. He would rather do nothing than face a potential vote of non-confidence. Unfortunately, Canadians can protest all they wish, but there is little to be done before the next election, and by then, let's pray the Liberals can find a leader the country can accept. But experience shows the populace suffers from an extremely short memory-span.

    I remember my mother-in-law speaking of politics in Louisiana and planning to vote once more for Edwards for governor because, in her own words, "We already know he's a crook and how much he will steal. Who can say what the next will be like?" A truth I didn't truly appreciate at the time.

    Don't you think that this is how people really think? Why take a chance on a new fellow when we know how bad the existing one is?