December 30, 2009 4:35 PM Subscribe
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to prorogue Parliament. AGAIN.
posted by spoobnooble (115 comments total)
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Last year Stephen Harper
convinced Governor General Michaëlle Jean
to have Canada's House of Parliament prorogued
, i.e. suspended for a five-week period. Facing a coalition of Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois MPs prepared to vote out his minority Conservative Party (spurred in part by a Conservative bill that would take away the public funds parties receive for election purposes
), Harper was able to stave off a vote of non-confidence, though not without some ducking and weaving
. While some commentators stated that the proroguement set a bad precedent
, the suspension of operations in the House of Commons went as planned, and the opposition coalition fell apart.
Now at the tail-end of 2009, Harper wants to prorogue Parliament until March 2010, so that he and other government leaders can work on the next phase of its economic action plan (and patriotic Canucks can support their athletes in the 2010 Winter Olympics
). Others have suggested it is a brazen move to avoid questioning over the ongoing calls for investigations into the torture of Afghan detainees
. Representatives of the minority government insist that the accusations
The Olympics, Prorogue and the Moral Vacuity of the Conservative Party
Harper's holiday to-do list
Prorogue? Sure, why not?