MP Guy Lauzon comments on Prorogation – Cornwall Ontario – January 13, 2010

MP Guy Lauzon comments on Prorogation – Cornwall Ontario – January 13, 2010

LAUZON – Prorogation: What and Why

“There has been a lot of discussion about our government’s decision to prorogue the current session of Parliament.

Prorogation is a Parliamentary procedure that is part of the House of Commons’ rules that allows the government of the day to end the current session and to restart Parliament with a new Speech from the Throne setting a new agenda for Parliament. This process or option has been used over 100 times since Confederation. Prorogation has been used 14 times in the past 20 years. The current government has exercised the option to prorogue twice.

The first time our government prorogued Parliament was to prevent the three opposition parties from forming a coalition government which would have essentially given the power to veto all Government of Canada legislation to the Bloc Quebecois.

Our government is now proroguing this session of Parliament in order to refresh the government’s agenda with a new Speech from the Throne to address the challenges ahead in the next 12 months. It should be noted that most sessions of Parliament last approximately 12 months on average.

Our government is the envy of nations around the world for the proactive way we dealt with the global recession as a result of our Economic Action Plan. In order to maintain our leadership role we feel it is necessary to develop a proactive agenda and a budget that will continue our recovery over the next 12 months and lay the groundwork for addressing the deficit we incurred in the past year. These actions require a different plan than the current agenda that dealt with a huge infusion of stimulus into the economy.

It also should be noted that proroguing Parliament does not affect private members legislation on the order paper. In many cases all parties agree to continue legislation that was on the order paper in the previous session. This is subject to the oppositions’ concurrence.

I hope this helps to clarify some of misconceptions on this important issue.”

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Jerry
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The prorogation a year ago was due to the fact that the Conservatives had lost the confidence of a legitimately elected House of Commons and so Harper shut it down. Lauzon seems to be saying that some voters in Quebec don’t count as much as others. Which ones in SD&SG don’t count as much? This time Harper was stressed and bothered by democracy and so Harper shut it down. Harper has a minority government but wants to act like he has a majority. It will be time to shut Harper down in the next election. .

PJ Robertson
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PJ Robertson

Sorry, Mr Lauzon, Canadians aren’t buying your explanation. Why? Because on the key issues of trust and accountability, your government has turned out to be a miserable failure. Take your government’s habit of shutting down debate on troublesome issues, and shouting down, bullying or otherwise smearing public servants whose views you don’t like. That’s not governing; that’s railroading. “Our government is the envy of nations,” you claim, failing to add thanks largely to the legacy of a previous government. When your party formed the government, it inherited a substantial surplus. Instead of preserving this surplus as a cushion againts the… Read more »

Stan
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Stan

I’m not ashamed of the government! I wasn’t ashamed of the government when they prorogued the parliament the first time protecting the country from being run by the likes of the BLOC Quebecois!
You will note that when they came back, the coalition had fallen apart! Thank you Mr.Harper! You surely saved the day.

Stan
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Stan

Yes I see your point. Parliament has been prorogued by the Liberals many more times than the Conservatives…..will we remember that too next electon time? Or are we just being selective?

grimalot
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grimalot

Get back to work Guy. Yet again on the defensive with your propaganda delivered to you straight from the PMO. Otherwise as for the rest of what I have to say, Joe and PJR pretty well summed it up. Your Conservative government as is is dangerous to Canada and Canadians alike. The only reason you prorogued government is because of the Afghan detainee issue as well as not getting your ways in the house. So in his (Harper’s) little temper tantrum, the senate will be stacked, and before it gets abolished in any way, I know for a fact that… Read more »

PJ Robertson
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PJ Robertson

PS for Mr. Lauzon (and Stan): “When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is frankly when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern” (Stephen Harper 2005). Now match M. Harper’s words to his actions since 2006.

PDO
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PDO

Frankly, I don’t mind that Parliament is prorogued for awhile. The institution is operating much more efficiently now, in the sense that less time is wasted on irrelevancies and nonsense. The only thing that really bothers me is that when any other group decide to withhold work or service for an extended perod, all pay and benefits stop. Mr Lauzon, how about it?