Big headed ego boy wins
If you read my last post you'd see that Canada is having some interesting times politically with the House of Commons pushing for a confidence motion in the Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Canadian Bush) so that they could vote "no confidence" forcing him to resign or call an election. You cannot remain the PM without the confidence of the House. That's how it works.
Today is a sad day for democracy in Canada. The Governor-General, Michaëlle Jean, has decided to grant Harper his prorogue. This has nothing to do with what is in the best interest of Canadian people as Harper likes to drone on and on about. This is all about Harper not wanting to lose his job. HE provoked the opposition by trying to take away public party subsidies, HE tried to take away worker's and women's rights, and HE gave us a crap economic platform that wouldn't help anyone.
"For the first time in the history of Canada the prime minister is running away from the parliament of Canada," said Liberal leader Stephane Dion, who headed up the opposition movement against Harper.
This is not what a prorogue should be used for. This is nothing but a power grab from someone whose party was elected by only 38% of the people who bothered to show up at the polls (lowest turnout in history. Around 60% IIRC). The GG is unelected and usually never has to make any decisions, but this...this....I have no words. The coalition represents the voices of 62% of the Canadian public (again, that voted) and they have no confidence in Harper.
We are in hard economic times and he did not even try to come up with any plans to help alleviate the suffering that's going on. Ontario foodbanks are reporting that they expect food shortages b/c of all the recently laid off people. The auto sector is laying people off left and right. I don't know a single person whose family has not been impacted by that (strange isn't it?) Now this. How does this instill confidence in Harper from the people? He disbands the House in a time of economic turmoil.
Even all those people who are buying his bs lines about how the coalition is a bunch of unpatriotic separatists should notice that disbanding parliament during this time of economic woe is VERY BAD.
Now I dislike HuffPo (mostly from the primaries), but I've gotta say I really like this headline: Canadian Leader Shuts Down Parliament In Desperate Attempt To Stay In Power.
The leader of the New Democrats, Jack Layton, also decried Mr. Harper’s move. “He’s put a lock on the door on the House of Commons,” he said. “He refuses to face the people of Canada through their elected representatives.”
Also, something that'll be really interesting given how disgustingly the Tories have been talking about the Québecers is their election on the 8th. News coverage here.
Marois says she hopes the parliamentary crisis in Ottawa will breathe new life into the sovereignty movement but isn't necessarily pleased about the crisis.
Harper's characterization of the "separatists" will likely end up galvanizing forces within the movement, the PQ leader predicted Thursday morning.
"The impact of this crisis is to wake up sovereigntists who were lying dormant," Marois said in French.
"I say good, but we didn't provoke it," because Harper is the author of his own demise, she said.
EDIT: But speculation (pundits, forums, political junkies, and the media) think that we may have another election on March 9th. It’s based a few assumptions: budget vote fails the same week it’s tabled + Harper then requests the G-G call an election + shortest possible election campaign = March 9 election.
To the coalition: Keep meeting.
Parliament has been prorogued. So you're not meeting in an official capacity. But nonetheless meet as if you were not prorogued.
Find a site. Pay for it yourselves, and be explicit about that. You're citizens meeting to speak. But in so doing, keep up the business of Parliament. Debate. Draft bills. Hold (unofficial) committee meetings. Vote... on memoranda of understanding.
Show the country, its citizens, and its investors that while you do not argue with the legality of the delay, you see no need to go on vacation in this crucial economic time. Assume (without even explicitly saying it) that in January when Parliament reconvenes, Harper will fall, the coalition will form government, and the memoranda of understanding and drafted bills will be dealt with, bang-bang-bang, because you have already hashed this out.
Invite the Conservatives to join you. If you get some momentum, you might get no few disgruntled members willing to bet that Harper's fury will not control their lives.
Let the Conservatives take an extended vactation. Shrink the proposed vacation period instead, to mark the severity of the economic need.
Make it plain that you do not dispute Her Excellency's right to consent to her nominal first minister's request to prorogue, and that you respect her for making a difficult decision in uncharted waters. Open each session with a consistent, well-crafted adaptation of protocol which is sufficiently distinct that it does not trespass upon Parliament's formal privileges... but that nonetheless shows clearly that you do this out of the uttermost respect for the Queen, the Governor General, and the Canadian people.
Repeat frequently that you're just trying to get work done now, so that things can happen fast when the doors unlock in January. It can't be trespass upon the privileges of government if its level of formality is that of a caucus meeting.
Be completely transparent. Defeat the smoke-filled rooms meme. Heck, hold it in a bar, if you can find one big enough.
The media will come to you. I can think of no more efficient way to stretch your advertising dollars than a bold, newsworthy stroke like this.
If you do this, I will donate to the limit of my ability. I will write letters to the editor praising your actions. I will take my four children and go door to door. In Edmonton. In December.
Pass it on.