Liberals and NDP at Work
Cornwall Ontario – Both the Liberal’s and NDP’s have followed through on their promise to continue working despite Parliament being prorogued. Michael Ignatieff and Jack Layton held press conferences today in front of the locked doors of Parliament while surrounded by their team of MP’s.
The two frustrated leader’s main topic was to find ways to limit Prime Ministers Stephen Harper’s power to prorogue Parliament. Ignatieff rhymed off a list of restrictions that he believes should be implemented. These include having a 10 day notice before prorogation can occur; prorogation cannot happen when there is a vote of confidence on the table, and that the idea of prorogation should be submitted to the House of Commons and be put to a vote. “We need clear rules to limit prorogation,” said Ignatieff.
In this morning media scrum Ignatieff was reminded that last week he supported the PM’s right to Prorogue, and then was asked what has changed his mind. His response was to quote a philosopher who once said, “rules are for people with no character”. Ignatieff explained this quote when he said, “we are dealing with a Prime Minister who has shown he doesn’t have the political character to respect our institution. So a change in the rules needs to be made.”
Layton expressed his frustration with the prorogation of Parliament when he said, “we are being denied the right to take our seats, this is not very Canadian.” Towards the end of his statement to the media today Layton lashed out at Harper when he said, “unlock the doors so we can consider our future role in the war in Afghanistan. Unlock the doors so we can begin debate on the upcoming budget. Unlock the doors and show the people of Canada that you respect the democratic tradition of this country.” Layton ended by inviting the other parties to consider his proposal to establish legislative limits to prorogue Parliament.
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