Prorogue protests

We know there have been a few people out there on the streets protesting the latest prorogation of Parliament,  which is only one in a long string of them [105] in Canada’s parliamentary history.  We even hear there were a few protesters out in Wolfville.  This is like protesting the sun coming up and is, of course, a partisan effort to smear Harper yet again with an anti-democratic brush, an effort encouraged by the drop in the Conservative popularity as measured by some recent polls. The opposition may be foolish to depend on those numbers as there  is some doubt that this drop (if real) is caused by the prorogue issue at all.

I chatted with Frank Graves of Ekos who pointed out that over the last while every time the Liberals call for an election, the Tories go up in the polls. Once the threat disappears he told me, the move to the Tories abates. The anti-prorogation drop for Harper also coincides with the end of the Liberal election threat. [Source- Brian Lilley]

It seems that when people really have to think about who to vote for they  sober up from their fantasy binges.

The smear campaign doesn’t fool us and it doesn’ t fool anyone with any knowledge of past prorogues. Like Christina Blizzard who, commenting on this You Tube video, remembers Bob Rae as the “King of the Prorogues”:

As premier, he prorogued this Legislature not once, not twice — but three times. And for much longer than Harper has prorogued the federal Parliament.

Rae’s NDP won power Sept. 6, 1990. On Dec. 19, 1991, Rae prorogued the House. They didn’t come back until April 6, 1992. He then prorogued again, Dec. 10, 1992 — and didn’t come back until April 13, 1993.

By 1994, his government had run out of steam. They were running double-digit deficits and he’d doubled the debt. Some of his experimental policies proved laughable at best and disastrous at worst.

Limping badly, he prorogued for the third time on Dec. 9, 1994. The House did not sit again until the legislature was dissolved April 28, 1995.

Rae didn’t even bring in a budget that year.

For four-and-a-half months, this province had no sitting Legislature.

Was there a grass-roots uprising of self-righteous people decrying Rae for ending democracy?

Good question, huh?  But the opposition has to grasp at any flimsy straw.

Prorogations are routine parliamentary procedure. You can’t end a session without one — unless you dissolve Parliament.

The anti prorogue protesters don’t really know any history [or how to spell?]. They have to be told by their political masters when and where to be upset and march in the streets. We know what that is called and it isn’t democracy.

If you would like to know about the number of sitting days in Parliament this article is instructive. Despotic or Australian?

So when we  hear Ignatieff (who is back from his holiday ) proposing all kinds of new rules, and Bob Rae talking about how unprecedented! this is [has he no shame?] we don’t really pay any attention.


2 responses to “Prorogue protests

  1. Let’s not forget that a judicious prorogation might have saved us from suffering the ignominy of Stephane Dion slithering into the Prime Ministership!

    “O Canada, prorogue stands on guard for thee.”

  2. Give me a break it’s not like Harper is sitting on a beach somewhere. He is still working. The other guys are just making noise.