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Doing what you're supposed to (Haiti) vs not doing the job (prorogue); apples & oranges

I’ve seen a few news polls and stories asking people/wondering if the Conservative government’s reaction and response to the Haitian crisis would blunt the anger that has been directed at it because of Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament. I would argue that it shouldn’t.

The Canadian government is reacting exactly how people expect it to react when a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude occurs in a country. I’m not sure you’re going to get a lot of upside tick for humanitarian aid everyone expects it to undertake (though this government is trying hard to get that – there’s been a few complaints the past week about the photo-ops they’ve […]

Revised media reaction to prorogation.

It’s kind of amusing to watch the second guessers in the media take aim at their comrades for being wrong on the public’s negative reaction to Harper proroguing Parliament.

We start with Richard Gwyn of the Toronto Star taking aim at those pundits in general, and Andrew Coyne in particular (who said that Parliament didn’t matter) to people with a piece titled, Actually, Parliament Does Matter. (To be fair to Andrew, he did say in a follow-up blogpost that he might have been wrong about his feeling people were indifferent to shutting down Parliament).

Next up comes Rick Salutin of the Globe & Mail, who doesn’t merely go after other […]

Yet another poll release showing there are lots of anti-prorogue elitists in Canada

Ekos released a poll today, and again, the Conservatives and Liberals are in a Margin Of Error dead heat, as per Kady O’Malley:

Conservatives: 30.9 (-2.2) Liberals: 29.3 (+1.5) New Democrats: 15.3 (-0.7) Green: 11.9 (-1.6) Bloc Quebecois (in Quebec): 40.7 (+2.5) Other: 2.3 (-) Undecided: 14.0

Some analysis from Ms. O’Malley:

Any way you slice, dice, parse or dissect it, though, these numbers would suggest that this whole prorogation thing may not be working out quite as well as the prime minister might have hoped. Unless, of course, you heed those who are of the firm opinion that this has nothing to do with prorogation at all, since Canadians […]

Dear Cheryl Gallant

You forgot to explain to your constituents in your overly demagogic newsletter how you can justify killing over 30+ of your government’s bills – many I might add, that your government slammed the opposition parties and Senate over for not passing as quickly as you thought they should; particularly the “law and order” bills your government deemed so crucial and important to get passed. They weren’t crucial and important enough, apparently; shutting down Parliament to stall further Afghan detainee questions on the Parliamentary committee you happen to sit on was, however.

I know your riding isn’t exactly full of progressives, since you still manage to get elected there despite being […]

A democratic reforms package platform makes so much sense...

Briefly and to the point, I fully agree with Steve’s blogpost that if the Liberals were smart, they’d be putting out a democratic reforms package and into their platform to deal with curtailing unilateral action by the Prime Minister as it deals with prorogation and other powers to do with the executive vs Parliament.

The Liberals don’t need to wait until their conference of thinkers in March for this – they need to already be working on it.

UPDATE 2 on Jan 12 @ 12:50 pm: Dr Dawg has a more general thought on reforms.

Today's edition of silly Conservative messaging on prorogue.

The first comes from Jim Flaherty, who completely contradicts Prime Minister Harper’s claims on prorogue being necessary to “recalibrate” the government’s economic priorities:

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says shutting down Parliament doesn’t affect his budget consultations – they would be happening whether Parliament was in session or not. But that’s not what his boss, the Prime Minister, is saying about the need to lock up the House of Commons until March. Stephen Harper has said he needed to prorogue to concentrate on building the plan for the second phase of the economic stimulus. But meeting with reporters today in Winnipeg , Mr. Flaherty said “prorogation does not affect the consultations” […]

I get letters: Interesting idea that probably won't happen edition...

..but still interesting nonetheless. A reader of the Progressive Bloggers site writes an email to me about the proroguing of Parliament and comes up with this idea/concept:

…what I really want to see is a grass roots swell of support for strong principled independent representatives running in the next election. Party politics needs a good overhaul and the only way it will happen is to give parliament a healthy dose of citizen presence in the House. How about flying that idea about and seeing if a list of people could be generated who have the profile and experience that would make them a viable candidate.

Here are some I have […]

Liberals put out ads attacking prorogue; Conservatives respond with demagoguery

The Liberals released a print and radio campaign today going after the Conservatives for proroguing Parliament (actually, they’ve been released on the internet today, and will be played on the radio and in print media tomorrow – also on the TV, unless the CBC news story is in error).

The Conservatives response? Over-the-top, as you’d expect from this disgraceful bunch. Apparently, the PMO believes that by claiming Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals are directly attacking the Canadian Armed Forces, it is going to resonate with folks other then just their hard-core right-wing base of voters.

Not sure WHY they think that, but regardless, it’s beneath contempt.

The rebuttal to Conservatives who protest that proroguing of Parliament is ‘routine’

I posted this yesterday as one of the contributors at the No Prorogue website in its blog section as an opinion piece; I reproduce it for everyone who reads my blog here .

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The best rebuttal I’ve seen to that attempted argument comes from Michael Den Tandt, in his op-ed in the Owen Sound Sun Times decrying Harper’s 2nd prorogue in 2 years:

…there’s another issue, overriding all the others: That is, very simply, cowardice. Prime Minister Harper prorogued Parliament last winter to get himself out of a serious political jam of his own making. Now he’s done the same thing again, and for the same reason. It’s actually […]

The Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament surpasses 127 000 members today.

I, and no doubt the entire nation (or maybe just the nation of those who blog and read blogs) breathlessly await .. no.. YEARN.. for Mr. Stephen Taylor, Blogging Tory head and organizer of anti-coalition marches and FB protest groups last year, to now admit that yes, CAPP has met his threshold that he arbitrarily set as his marker to make the group legit (in his eyes anyhow) as a legit expression of grasroots outrage/protest.

I somehow think I’m going to be disappointed waiting – I suspect the goalposts are going to be moved by him.

UPDATE a moment later: Ah.. I see it wasn’t long in that last prediction […]

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