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Harper plays games while democracy crumbles

February 3, 2010

My comment on the Globe and Mails recent story:

Tories seek parliamentary extension

This is a non story, by casting it as some kind of tricky dilemma for the Liberals and NDP the Globe is accepting the Conservative game. You can almost hear the writer salivating at the dramatic irony of the opposition voting against more time in parliament when they threw such a fuss about prorogation!

Please, do you think we’re children? Harper apparently does, I expect better from the Globe and Mail.  The problem with prorogation was not that parliament would not be sitting.  It was that parliament was cut off during serious investigations into torture, a time of economic crisis and to deflect opposition attacks on the government.

Of course the opposition parties will agree to cancel their vacations.  But its a moot point, because we should have an election before those vacations would occur anyways.  Once the budget comes up for a vote, it should be voted down.  This government has demonstrated they cannot be trusted with the reigns of power.  This latest little trick is a side show meant to distract voters and the media.  We’re not falling for it. I wish you wouldn’t either.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2010 10:19 pm

    You have to know that the Conservative MPs are quietly pissed about Harper taking away their March break vacation. Sure, they’ve had extra time off due to the prorogation, but many must have had plans for the break.

  2. February 5, 2010 5:34 pm

    I’m glad the opposition hasn’t fallen for this silly trap. I’m sure the Conservatives weren’t planning all along to cancel these breaks, otherwise they would have mentioned it earlier to look reasonable. They didn’t because they didn’t think anyone would care or notice when they were working.

    But I don’t see how we can even get that far without parliament dissolving for an election. Can you imagine a budget that would be passable under these circumstance?

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