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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