Thursday, December 04, 2008

Peroguing parliament

I note with alarm that Canada's parliament may soon be perogued!

Update 07Dec2008: Overheard at a party: "We're in prorogatory!"

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Blogger Zeno said...

I never have understood the word "prorogued." It sounds too much like being in favor of thuggery.

Speaking of thugs, the American website "Free Republic" is all in a lather about the alliance by Canada's parties of the left to topple the minority Conservative government. Free Republic is a rabid right-wing site that was delighted when Harper increased his membership in Parliament. Since he "won" the election, it's now terribly anti-democratic to oust Harper with a coalition that controls even more seats. I'm not sure how they figure that.

1:30 AM, December 04, 2008  
Blogger Raywat Deonandan said...

I can see how Americans might "misunderestimate" the Canadian system. But it's sad that so many Canadians think we have a Presidential, rather than a Parliamentary, system.

Canadians do not elect a Prime Minister or a government. We elect a Parliament. Parliament then self-organizes into a government, and is free to re-organize as it sees fit, under the Governor General's guidance.

Harper foolishly and disingenuously stated that Canadians elected him a mandate to govern. This is not true. As Dion correctly pointed out, every elected MP has the same mandate, regardless of party affiliation. It is profoundly pro-democratic for MPs to re-organize into the strongest, most effective, and most representative government possible.

10:03 AM, December 04, 2008  
Blogger Nick Barrowman said...

In January 2006, David Emerson was elected as a Liberal MP. Just two weeks later, he switched to the Conservative party and Stephen Harper rewarded him with a cabinet position. Now Harper has the gall to criticize the other parties for "undemocratic" politics!

1:03 PM, December 04, 2008  

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