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January 24, 2010

Protest AGAINST THE proroguing of Parliament


We now  know all persons can easily tell that our Parliament is closed for a holiday because the New federal Conservative Canadian  Government even their local constituent offices do not bother to acknowledge emails, letters send to them including ; ; ; ; all while they all still do even get paid for it too.. or what they too do need PM Stephen Harper’s permission to do so as well?

With at least 1.6 million Canadians still out of work, or even much more in reality, Stephen Harper has decided that Members of Parliament shouldn’t work either. While it’s clear that Conservatives don’t think MPs should be doing their jobs helping the unemployed even   in Ottawa, and what they still haven’t explained is why too? Since Harper’s announcement in December, Conservatives now have offered over half a dozen pitiful reasons for shutting down the House of Commons all paid by the taxpayers still for the next five weeks.. 

A recent poll suggests Canadians weren’t buying Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s contention that his government is working hard despite the suspension of Parliament.  The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey indicates 39 per cent of respondents believed the government had been not at all active or hardworking since Harper prorogued Parliament, which is not due back until March 3. That’s more than triple the 12 per cent who said the government has been very active and hardworking.

The Canadian Press   TORONTO – In a display that was anything but apathetic, thousands of Canadians of varying political stripes clogged city streets across Canada demanding Prime Minister Stephen Harper reopen Parliament and get back to work.  Hordes of protesters crammed Toronto’s downtown square, cradling signs denouncing the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend Parliament until early March.  Crowd estimates widely varied, but thousands of people closed down a busy section of Yonge Street to sing, march and chant anti-Harper slogans.  “These demonstrations that are happening all over the country are Canadians’ way of saying ‘you are wrong, you are completely wrong about us. You pushed us, you pushed us and now we’re mad,” said an impassioned Andrea Dale, 46, who works in the financial sector.  Thousands also turned up on the lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP leader Jack Layton offered up lively speeches that blasted Harper’s decision to shut down the House of Commons.  “Mr. Harper unlock these doors,” Layton told the crowd. “Mr Harper unlock the doors of the people’s house it’s not your house.”  Layton told the crowd the NDP favours the creation of a new law that would prevent the prime minister from proroguing Parliament unless he had the support of the majority of the House of Commons.  “My fellow Canadians, we say to Mr. Harper, it’s not too late to recall Parliament. It’s prorogued but you can call us back to work simply by picking up the phone and calling the Governor General,” Layton said.  Layton said the prorogued Parliament has stalled important legislation on pensions, stifled debate on the war in Afghanistan and shut down all discussion of the way forward on tackling climate change. Ignatieff said Liberal MPs planned to return to work on Parliament Hill, as scheduled, on Monday morning.  “This is a demonstration that shows that Canadians understand their democracy, care for their democracy and if necessary, will fight for their democracy,” Ignatieff told the crowd, drawing a loud roar from the crowd.  In Montreal, hundreds stood in the streets and listened as speakers discussed the international response to the democracy debate in Canada.  “We no longer want to be the laughing stock that gets told by The Economist that we don’t know how to run a democracy,” university professor Daniel Weinstock told the cheering crowd, recalling a recent article in the British journal critical of the suspension of Canada’s Parliament.  Canadian, Quebec and sovereingist flags flapped behind Weinstock as he spoke. Behind him stood Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, Liberal MPs Marc Garneau and Justin Trudeau and Green Party deputy Jacques Rivard.  Former Nova Scotia NDP leader Robert Chisholm was at a rally in Halifax.”I feel what the prime minister has done by closing the House … he’s shutting down democracy and that’s wrong,” Chisholm said in an interview as the rally began.  In Edmonton, about 250 people stood in -7 temperatures and ankle-deep snow in a park just off a popular shopping street to make their point, many chanting “Yes to perogies, no to prorogation!”  Those gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery handed out buttons and carried hand-painted signs that said, “Prorogue the Conservatives.” Grassroots organizers in Vancouver passed out hand-painted signs and buttons to more than 600 people who bopped to the beat of a funk band playing next to the Olympic countdown clock before marching through the city.  Kathleen Glynn-Morris said she’s embarrassed by a government that seems to be using the upcoming Games as an excuse.  “I think it’s nonsense. They’re public servants. We pay for them to do a job,” she said. “The rest of us can’t say ‘Oh well, now the Olympics are here people aren’t interested in our job, what we’re doing.”

 Stephen Harper has reaped a whirlwind of protest for his shutting down of Parliament

Edmontonians protest suspension of Parliament –  Hundreds of protesters gathered in Edmonton on Saturday to voice their disapproval of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament. Protesters carried signs and shouted cheers as they walked from the University of Alberta to Gazebo

Protesters rally against Parliament’s pause –  Across Canada, more than 40 demonstrations are now underway to protest the Conservative government’s decision last month to prorogue Parliament. In Vancouver, roughly 1000 demonstrators gathered in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday to

Peterborough rally protests prorogued Parliament  Peterborough Examiner  Waving signs and chanting, hundreds of people of varying political stripes took to the streets on Saturday to send a message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reopen Parliament and get back to work. Peterborough’s protest mirrored similar

Thousands want Harper back at work – Hundreds of people joined members of a group called Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament and marched to a rally held at Gazebo Park in Old Strathcona January 23, 2010. The movement, which has strong ties to Edmonton, rose up in opposition to Stephen

Protesters demand Harper reconvene House  Ottawa Citizen Richie Allen, right, and Louise Casselman, rear, paraded a puppet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in front of the Peace Tower on Saturday amidst thousands who gathered to protest proroguing Parliament. Calling it a rally in support of democracy,

Rally protesting suspension of Parliament begins on the Hill  Ottawa Citizen – Vito Pilieci –  About 3000 people showed up under sunny winter skies as a rally objecting to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament got underway on Parliament Hill early Saturday

Hundreds turn out to protest proroguing of Parliament  More than 300 protestors lined the streets of Winnipeg to let their feelings be known about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament. The gathering in Winnipeg is just one of thousands being held across the country on the

Calgarians protest outside Prime Minister’s office – Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Stephen Harper’s office in Calgary on Saturday. (Peter Akman/CBC) Several hundred people gathered in the snow outside Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s constituency office in Calgary on Saturday to protest the


               “I have heard your message, you have said loud and clear: you do not want Parliament to shut down when a prime minister is facing questions that he must answer,” said Ignatieff. more by Michael Ignatieff –  )



EI numbers double in Victoria Victoria Times Colonist –  The number of Victorians receiving employment insurance benefits in November was nearly double those of a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada figures released yesterday.




OTTAWA – Canada’s swift response to the tragedy in Haiti hasn’t boosted the federal government’s popularity among voters, a new poll suggests. Voters apparently remain unhappy about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s unpopular decision to prorogue Parliament and aren’t swayed by the popular effort to help Haiti, said pollster Allan Gregg. The latest Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey suggests the Conservatives and Liberals are in a statistical dead heat, with 32 per cent supporting the Tories and 31 per cent for the Liberals. The gap is well within the poll’s margin of error.

Afghan whistleblower to have legal fees paid: Foreign Affairs The Canadian Press –  OTTAWA – The federal government has relented and will pay the legal fees of diplomat Richard Colvin, who blew the whistle on possible Afghan prisoner abuse.

Federal government agrees to pay Richard Colvin’s legal fees Ottawa Citizen

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