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If you dont believe CAPP is a reflection of public anger at prorogation...

..such as CFRB 1010’s John Moore who has liked to team up with Globe blogger Dan Cook in scoffing at the CAPP Facebook group, perhaps you and they will believe the polls show that anger – and yet another one released this evening confirms a drop for the Conservatives and a jump for the Liberals caused by – you’d never guess – public anger at prorogation:

The Conservative Party is holding a small lead over the Liberals in the latest survey from Ipsos Ried. In a telephone poll of 1,000 adult Canadians was carried out between January 19th to 21st, 34% said they would vote for the Conservatives if an […]

CAPP gets a bit of a membership boost

Just a brief Sunday observation: I see the CAPP facebook group has gotten a bit of a membership boost today; up to 214 295 members as of now – a boost of 3000 from yesterday morning when I last looked at it. Not surprising, given the good publicity and generally favourable media coverage the group has gotten with the # of protests and the amount of protesters willing to come out to make their voices heard.

The next phase of what to do now to keep that momentum going/keep pressure on the Harper government/get the opposition parties to introduce democratic reforms is taking place here at the “CAPP: A Second […]

My call: the anti-prorogue rallies are a success..

..from an attendance standpoint, if that’s your litmus test (and as I said last blogpost, it isn’t necessarily for me and others) and the total numbers from every protest centre haven’t trickled in yet.

However, from what we’ve seen from some reporter and organizer accounts on Twitter and Facebook, we’re getting reports/estimates from between 7000 – 15 000 at Toronto’s rally, an estimate by the RCMP of 3500 at Parliament Hill, 1000 or so in Montreal, and several hundred to 1000 elsewhere from Waterloo, London, Guelph, Kitchener, etc. The best report I’ve seen so far; Simcoe County’s Conservative MP reportedly predicted they’d only get 10 CAPP protesters at Orillia, […]

Does it matter how big the CAPP crowds are for the movement to be a success?

Many people have asked whether the tremendous success and growth of the Facebook group Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (now at just under 211 000 members as of this AM) would translate over to the street in the form of today’s protests that are being held. That seems to be the question more then a few media pundits, politicians and pro-Conservative Harper folks are asking, and they are asserting that the CAPP movement will be judged a failure if massive amounts of people don’t show up at the rally (as an aside, most of these folks I’ve read haven’t put out a number of people showing up for them to judge […]

Helena Guergis says everyone in her riding thinks prorogation is hunky-dorey

A rather amusing interview from Conservative MP Simcoe-Grey MP Helena Guergis today on the reasons for prorogation and how her constituents apparently love it:

Simcoe-Grey MP Helena Guergis says the federal government’s latest prorogation was vital to give it a chance to “take a step back” to make sure it is on the “right track.” Guergis, who is also the Minister of State for the Status of Women, enthusiastically endorsed the closure of parliament until late winter during an interview Tuesday. She also dismissed the thousands of people who have joined Facebook groups opposing the move by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “I am familiar with that, but that’s certainly not […]

New poll confirms Canadians can walk and chew gum at the same time

The Canadian government did what it was supposed to do with regards to Haitian relief, but the voting public still are ticked at prorogation, according to a new Ekos poll this morning (almost to the pollster’s shock it seems from his statement):

Liberals have regained some support among voters and are now in a virtual tie with the Conservatives despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s swift response to the Haiti quake, an EKOS poll suggests. It marks the first time the Liberals have drawn so close to the governing party since late summer. Asked which party they would support if an election were held tomorrow, 30.9 per cent of those polled […]

Prorogation reform by the opposition parties

In brief, the NDP are the first to come out with a proposal on what they’d do to prevent the abuse of the prorogation power. Steve V over at Far and Wide is a bit ticked that the NDP beat the Liberals to the punch, even as he acknowledges that this proposal from the NDP isn’t exactly earth-shattering in its scope.

Personally, as long as the Liberals release something that would be a substantial plank in their platform and more then just an afterthought statement, I don’t mind they come out 2nd in releasing statements. I just hope it’s soon, and that it has meat on its bones that could […]

No prorogue protests via text message

This is another innovative way to register your protest to Harper’s unnecessary proroguing of Parliament; by text message:

…we’ve launched a real-time text-messaging system that will also work across Canada for all of the CAPP rallies. The idea is to have rally participants (and even those at home) take out their cellphones and text their thoughts about prorogation to 347-614-2765. The software I’ve written will immediately publish the incoming text-messages to Twitter (@noproroguewall) and will also reply to them with a website URL so they can “keep in touch” after they get home.

Go ahead and try it now – send any text message to 347-614-2765. You’ll get a response […]

Look over here! A Cabinet shuffle!

A very perceptive statement from one of the news media outlets covering Harper’s cabinet shuffle:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper put a slightly new face on his cabinet Tuesday, demoting one minister, bringing in two newcomers, and leaving his heavy-hitters in place. Officials originally said the shuffle would involve only “tweaking,” but it snowballed into a larger operation involving 10 ministers. It comes at a time when the government needs a distraction from the politically damaging effects of Harper’s pre-New Year’s decision to prorogue Parliament until March 3.

Other then that, the only thing I have to say on these moves are that a couple of ministers who caused the most […]

A plug/announcement for the January 23 No Prorogue! Rally in Toronto

One of the organizers of this event asked me if I’d consider posting this announcement, and I’m happy to oblige, since I have a fair # of Toronto and area readers. (Remember, check No Prorogue’s website for Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament closest rallies nearest to you if you want to attend one): ———-

NO to prorogation! YES to democracy!

Canadians against Proroguing Parliament (Toronto) has organized a rally and march for Saturday, January 23 at 1:00pm at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. And we urgently need your help to promote it. Here’s how you can help spread the word:

Download promotional materials. Everything is available online – posters, leaflets, stickers, […]

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