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Opposed to Harper's Prorogue? You can now have your say

I made brief mention yesterday about the No Prorogue! site, so I thought I’d give it a bit more air time today, along with their neat graphic they’re using. Check out the website. You’ll find there are links there on rallies in different cities protesting Harper’s unnecessary use of prorogue and his contempt for Parliamentary over-site, as well as a blog, and the opportunity to contribute to the site.

I’ve noted more then a few Progressive Blogger affiliated blogsite owners have done some blogging contributions, which makes sense, since many of them oppose prorogation, oppose this PM and his Conservative government in general, and writing their thoughts […]

Hmm, Harper claims he needs almost 3 months to figure out how to govern.

I almost hate to use this comparison, but Harper seems to be borrowing in so many words Stephane Dion’s line of “You think it’s easy to make priorities?” in using this excuse/justification for proroguing Parliament. As Aaron Wherry states, combine the Christmas/New Years break and the prorogue, and Parliament will be off for 83 days, and Harper is claiming he needs every single one of those days without Parliament sitting to plan something.

Apparently Harper and his Conservative government can’t chew gum and walk at the same time, or more accurately, can’t plan any economic priorities while being grilled in Question Period, or having pesky committees hold hearings that are […]

Another Conservative MP claims the Olympics are a reason for proroguing

It’s Colin Mayes turn now to try and use the Olympics as justification for the Conservatives proroguing Parliament, with a slightly different argument in using it as a reason:

Mayes says there is also a practical reason for suspending Parliament given that the Conservatives don’t have a majority of the seats. “The Olympics are a great celebration and it would be a real conflict for MPs to be there in a minority situation,” he said, adding that could lead to the opposition having more MPs present in Ottawa.

You’re ALREADY outnumbered in Ottawa. Colin; you’re in a minority government, remember? Of course, the basic solution is maybe if MP’s stayed […]

More hints of discontent with Harper's prorogue? Angus-Reid Poll

The polls are coming fast and furious today, folks:

The recent prorogation of Parliament does not sit well with a majority of Canadians..a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll conducted in partnership with the Toronto Star has found…53 per cent of respondents disagree with the decision to prorogue Parliament. Conversely, only 19 per cent agree with the move. Almost three-in-ten Canadians (28%) are undecided.

That is a substantial number, folks – not just the majority support, but the gap between those who agree and disagree. Even Conservative supporters don’t give Harper majority support in their own group: only 46% of them support it, while 35% disagree. If you’re wondering why […]

EKOS poll: The first hints of discontent with Harper's prorogue?

Kady O’Malley of CBC details the EKOS poll that has just come out this AM, which shows a Conservative drop and the Liberals now only trailing the Conseratives by 5 percentage points:

Conservatives: 33.1 (-2.8) Liberals: 27.8 (+1.1) NDP: 16.0 (-1.0) Green: 13.4 (+2.2) Bloc Quebecois: 9.8 (+0.6) Undecided: 14.7

Regionally, the Liberals have managed to take back the lead in Ontario – the first time in a long time in an Ekos poll – and the Cons have really slipped back in Quebec (specific numbers available at the aforementioned and linked to Kady article).

Speaking of Kady, her analysis of the poll:

…let’s take a moment to ponder the […]

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is going back to work Jan 25 as well

Nice to see Kevin Page figures he also should be getting back to serving the nation and doing his work on January 25:

Prorogation will not silence Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, who plans to release three substantive reports in the run-up to the March budget. Through a quirk – or, more accurately – complete silence in the rules when it comes to the conduct of his fledgling office during a prorogation, Mr. Page says nothing stops him from continuing with his work.

At this rate, the only people not reporting back to work after January 25 will be the Conservatives.

(H/T: This On That)

The Liberals will be coming back to work on January 25.

Very nice:

Liberals to return to work as scheduled Jan.25, despite Parliament shutdown

Liberal MPs and senators will return to work as scheduled in the nation’s capital later this month, even though Parliament has been suspended until early March. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff informed his caucus during a conference call Tuesday that he expects them to report for work on Jan. 25. He told caucus members they can’t let Prime Minister Stephen Harper get away with shutting down Parliament and stifling debate.

I’m betting the other opposition parties will be returning as well, while Harper takes his extended Olympic holiday for no good reason other then to take the heat […]

'Harper prorogues because..' badge, courtesy of Impolitical

Very nicely done:

I’ve added that to my sidebar. The original article of hers on the badge’s creation is here. If you need instructions on how to add this to your blog/website, I’m sure she’d be willing to help you out. If she can’t, I can tell you the necessary code.

Not a bad idea: Coyne and Wells offer to host symbolic parliament

It’s sort of tongue in cheek, but I think the opposition should take them up on their offer – the premise starts at 10:00 of their podcast discussing the proroguing of Parliament, and the offer comes up at 11:38.

Why not? As Coyne says, the opposition parties really need to be making a stink about this. So far, as compared to the aforementioned grassroots-based Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament Facebook group, the opposition parties have been rather slow off the mark. Perhaps they’re biding their time – but they need to be a bit more proactive in my view.

Belittling Canadian's activism/outrage at Harper's prorogue of Parliament.

There’s been a few stories in the media about how this Facebook group, Canadians Against Proroguing of Parliament, which was created last week has been very popular, reaching 20 000 members as of this Toronto Star story on it, 25 000 as of this CBC story, and sitting at currently just over 26000 as I type this blogpost.

A media blogger over at the Globe and Mail, Dan Cook, decided he was going to make fun of all this, and made a snarky title to the effect that this shows only 0.0006% of Canadians are mad about the prorogue.

First off, I’m no expert at math myself, but I believe […]

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