Canada’s prime minister has made a joke of our country’s parliamentary process and I hope some of you are taking the time to notice.
If the drabness of everyday politics bores you think of Parliament Hill as the setting for a new dynamic reality show called The Biggest Perogie. Which Canadian politician demonstrates the incredible combination of contempt for democracy and is capable of shooting themselves in the foot upon command…drum roll please…your winner- Stephen Harper.
In this space when Parliament was last prorogued we supported it. We were not happy with the pathetic ploy of the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois to seize power. We did not think the flux that move would have created would have benefited our country as we headed into a dark recession. Harper requested the pause button be hit and we supported it. However, this time around, Harper is abusing Parliament and democracy. How he convinced Governor General Michelle Jean to sign off on this is beyond me.
There is no need to have to shut down the House of Commons to”recalibrate” government and refocus it. What a crock. Harper is trying to save his hide and protect his government from scrutiny. While Canada was getting hammered on its environmental footprint and plans and as we headed into our holidays, he chose to prorogue the government. There is simply no other way to read the situation. He wants to hide.
We are in a Catch-22 as voters in this country. We do not like Harper and the Conservatives enough to give them a majority government but we did re-elect them regardless. Was it because it was a lack of options? Yes, the thought of Stephane Dion as PM during the recession is stomach turning. Jack Layton and his NDP banter seems to have lost its way and the Green Party..well they are green.
The saddest thought is that the party leader in our last election who was the most stately and capable to run our country was Gilles Duceppe. That is how bad it is for us, the leader of a separatist party has the best leader pedigree.
We do not want another election but our opposition party leaders need to galvanize the populus and build their credibility. They need to so we can have better choices come next election and vote The Biggest Perogie off of Parliament Hill.