Stephen Harper Takes his Ball and Shuts Down Parliament – BREAKING NEWS – December 30, 2009

Stephen Harper Takes his Ball and Shuts Down Parliament – BREAKING NEWS – December 30, 2009

He’s done it again.  That wacky Minority government leading Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has run to Michaelle Jean asking for yet another time out.

Just when I gave him a thumbs up for at least creating the perception of strength he pulls one from the Richard Simmons School of Strength and Conditioning by calling a time out so as not to face real issues facing Canadians because the Olympics are on.

Hmmm, which is more embarrassing for Canada and her citizens?  A PM that shuts down the duly elected house on his whim, or the actual issues he might have to face?

What is it that this minority PM is trying to hide from the public?  We may not want an election, but do we really want to pay almost $500K per MP per year to have them take two month vacations like this?

Maybe Mr. Harper and his MP’s should be giving back two months of their salaries?   Maybe pension time shouldn’t be counted while parliament is prorogued?

L I N K “Opposition parties have already warned that prorogation would disrupt the inquiry of a parliamentary committee looking into accusations that the government ignored warnings about the torture of Afghan detainees. Strategically, prorogation also prevents question period criticisms from the opposition parties during the Olympics.

Liberal House Leader Ralph Goodale called the government’s move “beyond arrogant” and its justifications for it “a joke.”

“It’s almost despotic,” Goodale told CBC News in an interview from Phoenix, Ariz.

“Three times in three years and twice within one year, the prime minister takes this extraordinary step to muzzle Parliament. This time it’s a coverup of what the Conservatives knew, and when they knew it, about torture in Afghanistan. So their solution is not to answer the questions but, rather, to padlock Parliament and shut down democracy.”

NDP House Leader Libby Davies said she was “appalled” by Harper’s decision and accused the prime minister of “running from” opposition demands for a public inquiry into what and when the government knew about allegations of torture of detainees transferred into Afghan custody by Canadian soldiers in 2006.

“By proroguing Parliament, he is unilaterally making a decision to stop any kind of disclosure from happening,” Davies told CBC News from Vancouver.

On his Twitter account, Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe wrote that prorogation has become “a tradition for Harper.”

“Instead of facing the music, he prorogues,” Duceppe wrote.”

What do you think Cornwall?   Is this what you really want as a Canadian voter?

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15 Comments on "Stephen Harper Takes his Ball and Shuts Down Parliament – BREAKING NEWS – December 30, 2009"

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grimalot
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Is anyone really surprised? Now he can make it as news maker of the year for shutting down parliament so many times whenever he dips his toes into the hot water. Shame..

Cecil Crasto
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It is absolutely outrageous that Stephen Harper abuses his power as Prime Minister! Time and time again he has shown himself to be an unscruplous, conniving, petty politician! But, he is a politician you may point out. Yet, what makes it so maddening is the fact that he started out wanting to reform the political process, that he elicited much hope in that regard in the hearts of people like myself, and finally that he is an evangelical Christian. Sadly, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Evangelical Christians should feel embarrased that one of their own professes Christ as… Read more »
Lorne
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Lets not use the word shame of him. (Stephen Harper) but shame of us for allowing this to happen yet again. Once bitten twice shy. It’s time that this country and or lack of a nation, recruit some real politicians. I’m really tired of this status quo.

Stan
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Shame on you all for not realizing that Jean Chretien shut-down parliament in just this way more times than Stephen Harper did! Chretien 4 – Harper 3. Read it and weep!
By the way, did you complain so vociferously when Jean Chretien did it?

Stan
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The Liberals had majority governments, with all their “entitlements” for 69 years in the 20th century and look at the mess they’ve left us in. Thank God we have the Conservatives trying to get us out of this mess now!

Sam ibn Ladin
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A Prime-Minister without a majority of support in Parliament — or from the electors of Canada — suspends Parliament!!!! Only in Canada could a story like this be usurped by tired reporting on the Habs.

Oh, Oh Canada, where do our priorities lie?

Most any place else instead of using the return “postage paid” (by us) questionnaire from our local MP, Lauzon’s self-promoting junk mail would be tied to a brick, and lobbbed through his constituency office window.

N.B.
Kids, don’t try this at home.

glassbowl
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Let’s face it… they are all a bunch of lazy asses who don’t like to work!

Stan
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Gilles Duceppe: c’est quoi “Twitter” en francais? Est-ce-que c’est fait au Quebec. Est-ce-que c’est dans la langue francais du Quebec? Non? Then shame on you for embracing somthing not Quebecois. You are quickly becoming assimilated as an American, not even a Canadian!

PJ Robertson
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Give the man a break: He needs the time to recalibrate his hair for the Vancouver Olympics.

Btok
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Canada Needs to Count Her Blessings! We need to be greatful we don’t have a leader like Obama who works non-stop against his citizens and hires Czars like the following Marxist to help rip the USA apart! If we had people like this in our Government ( of which Iggy would like to give us ) you’d have something to belly-ache about! Re: http://www.infowars.com/obamas-favorite-for-supreme-court-justice-sunstein-wants-to-ban-guns-free-speech/ Cass Sunstein, president Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and the man who outlined a plan for the government to infiltrate “conspiracy groups” in order to undermine them, is in direct… Read more »
Jerry
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The comments by Btok are typical of the American right wingers and the Fox news network. Obama does not work non-stop against his citizens. Rather he is trying to fix a financial system and health care that the Republicans have helped destroy or ignored. In Canada, we have, or had, an approach that is more respectful of debates on policy issues. We don’t just call each other names and say that someone who disagrees with us is a fool. Well, maybe Harper and his government like to do that.

Caroline
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The NAU, could be the reason for all the chaos. There has been numerous meetings, discussing the, merging of the three countries, Canada, the USA and Mexico, are to have the same, education, health care, same currency, same everything. I, have taken note, our Canadian Constitution, has been ignored. Our Civil Liberties are gone. Democracy and Freedom, is, null and void. Our voices are no longer heard, we, protested the HST, being forced on the citizens, they did it regardless. Harper, Iggy ,Campbell and Hansen, all lied to the people of this country. I, fail to see how, Harper can… Read more »
Stan
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Cardigans are “IN” this year……I wonder why?

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