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Here is what is going to happen now

By DJ Kelly December 4, 2008

Here’s the deal. Or at least my best guess at this point. (Isn’t constitutional guessing fun?!)

The Prime Minister will ask for a prorogation of Parliament tomorrow morning and the Governor General (to my dismay) will agree. She’ll agree because this is her best option – nobody wants the GG to disagree with a democratically elected Prime Minister.

They will prorogue for one week which will take us to the Holiday break, which is set to begin on December 13. I guess that’s not so bad; one week?

We’ll return on January 26 to… exactly the same situation we face now. But with cooler heads. But everyone will be just as angry. The budget will be presented on January 27 and it will be a confidence motion.

Why prorogue again?

  • Ken Chapman

    Why prorogue now? Just delays the inevitable and only extends the uncertainty and potential for more instability past Obama’s Inauguration.

    There is no political, legal or democratic convention case to prorogue now. It will on undermine the democratic duty of the government to prove it has the confidence of the House.

    A proroging is an indefinite suspension of Parliament. Do we trust Harper to have such absolute power? Nothing in his past or character would justify it.

    Nobody except the Harper Party is upset or concerned about the outcome of a confidence vote. And they are doing nothing but a propaganda campaign in reply to the legal imperatives they face.

    This is good old democracy in action using the proven strengths of our democratic institutions.

  • Ken Chapman

    Why prorogue now? Just delays the inevitable and only extends the uncertainty and potential for more instability past Obama’s Inauguration. There is no political, legal or democratic convention case to prorogue now. It will on undermine the democratic duty of the government to prove it has the confidence of the House.A proroging is an indefinite suspension of Parliament. Do we trust Harper to have such absolute power? Nothing in his past or character would justify it. Nobody except the Harper Party is upset or concerned about the outcome of a confidence vote. And they are doing nothing but a propaganda campaign in reply to the legal imperatives they face.This is good old democracy in action using the proven strengths of our democratic institutions.