Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s prorogation of Parliament for the second time in 12 months is another attack on Canadian democracy.
There is no valid reason for Prime Minister Harper to suspend the work of Parliament until March 3.
Prorogation kills all government legislation pending before Parliament and shuts down all committees, including the committee probing the treatment of Afghan detainees.
Thirty-seven pieces of legislation will now have to be re-introduced in a new session of Parliament.
The suspension of Parliament until March 3 also gives Prime Minister Harper the time to stack the Senate with Conservative appointees and to reconstitute the Senate committees with a Conservative majority.
This Parliament should still be sitting to work on the high jobless rate, Employment Insurance extensions, pension reform, Canada’s follow up to the Copenhagen climate change summit, and the Afghan detainee issue.
The Harper Conservatives , by shutting down Parliament for their own partisan convenience, are showing utter contempt for Parliament and indeed for good government.
We need and deserve an open and accountable federal government working to address the pressing concerns of all Canadians.
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