Harper suspends Canada’s Parliament to avert defeat
The Conservative government has shut down Parliament for two months, until after the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper telephoned Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean on Wednesday to ask her permission to end the parliamentary session. Jean signed the proclamation later that day, granting his request.
The move triggered immediate condemnation from opposition MPs who labelled the Conservative government’s move an “almost despotic” attempt to muzzle parliamentarians amid controversy over the Afghan detainees affair…
A speech from the throne will be delivered March 3, followed by presentation of the budget the next day. The session had been scheduled to resume Jan. 25 after the holiday break…
“Three times in three years and twice within one year, the prime minister takes this extraordinary step to muzzle Parliament. This time it’s a coverup of what the Conservatives knew, and when they knew it, about torture in Afghanistan. So their solution is not to answer the questions but, rather, to padlock Parliament and shut down democracy…”
By the time Parliament resumes, Harper would have had time to ask Jean to name five new senators, which would give the Conservatives a majority on the newly formed Senate committees and greater control for passing their own legislation.
Even George W. couldn’t do a worse job of governing. Harper is running away and hiding – hoping the spectacle of the Winter Olympics will distract angry citizens and politicians alike. Before he has to face up to his incompetence.
Cake and circuses didn’t work the last time it was tried.
Thanks, Cinaedh, for a better link