Thursday, February 4, 2010

Boss! I want to prorogue too!

I thought of this as well and wondered is someone would post something along this line! Obviously parliament is not an essential service since we can function quite well without it being in session and it can even prorogue when it is necessary to terminate bothersome committees and pack the senate with Conservatives. This is from midnorthmonitor.

But boss, I want to prorogue too! But boss, I want to prorogue too!
Posted By Rosalind Raby

Just over a week ago, Canadians gathered in several communities, including Sudbury, outside government buildings to protest the prorogation or suspension of the Canadian Parliament until March 3rd,.

On Dec 30th, Prime Minister Harper used the procedural maneuver to close the Senate and House of Commons until after the Vancouver Olympics in the midst of an allegation of torture of innocent civilians in Afghanistan.

In addition to this, 37 bills that were being debated in Parliament have now been suspended. Discussion on bills will need to start from scratch in March, wasting time and hard work invested by ALL parties.

Bills affected by prorogue include new crime legislation, limits on credit card insurance rates and more.

I wonder what would happen if I prorogued the newspaper for a couple of months? Or the police, fire or health services prorogued their jobs? Let's be blunt here - the Mid-North Monitor would likely have to close its doors, people would be fired and the public would not tolerate a loss in vital services, such as police, fire or health. So, how is that members of Parliament get to take this time off from their jobs with no wherewithal or thank you very much? I think it is absolutely ridiculous, especially when bills that MPs have been working on for months, let alone years, are scrapped because of this 'extended' holiday. Not a good move, Mr. Harper.

If it proves anything, it proves the public sector of government workers, we like to call them bureaucrats, are the ones that 'really' keep things going in this country. Do we really need elected officials? Why bother having elections, the wheels of government continue grinding as it is ... it's just a thought?

On Tuesday, January 23 an estimated 30,000 protesters gathered in over 60 communities across Canada to protest the suspension of Parliament. Many participants joined the movement through a Facebook group named 'Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament,' which now claims over 200 000 members.

While proroguing Parliament is legal and often innocuous, the disruptive nature of this interruption to the workings of the Canadian government has galvanized action with the 15-point lead Harper held over the opposition Liberals diminishing according to an EKOS poll released exclusively to the CBC. Further national and local protests are expected in the coming weeks including a torch relay planned to coincide with the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The new forum site, was created on the day of the national demonstrations.

In addition to providing a platform for sharing and preserving records of the January 23rd protests, the forums will give participants an opportunity to organize further events, discuss their concerns about governance and to educate the public.

Now isn't that interesting - Canadians working to bring back government because their government isn't working? To be fair, some MPs are taking advantage of the time off in Ottawa to travel through their constituencies and deal with the myriad of issues affecting individuals and groups. glad hand with the public and attend various winter events. But, I'd rather see them in Ottawa dealing with some hard, government issues, such as the recession, support for Haiti, job creation and so much more.

Rosalind Raby

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