07/02/2010 § Leave a comment

So a couple of Saturdays ago I attended a big protest downtown opposing Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue parliament. I’d never been to a protest and I wouldn’t really consider myself an activist, but I’m pretty fed up with our government. For those of you who don’t know much about the issue, this is why Canadians should be concerned about it:

On December 30th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper prorogued parliament, effectively shutting down our democratic institutions for the sake of political expediency. Proroguing parliament has been done many times in the past, but Harper’s use of this is cowardly, irresponsible, and undemocratic. Not only does this kill a number of important bills and inquiries (such as an investigation into the Afghan Detainee issue [google it, if you don’t know about it]),  but this is also the second time Harper has prorogued parliament in order to escape personal scrutiny, last year he did this because the Liberals and NDP threatened the Conservatives with a coalition government, and this time to escape inquiries into important issues. This is not democracy, or how a government should behave. I could go on about this for hours, but since the Harper government has been in power, funding for the arts, womens groups among others have been cut, important watchdog positions have been canned, media access has been highly restricted, and our international reputation has tanked thanks to this government’s dismal position on the environment, the seal hunt, the tar sands, etc, etc.. Afterall, Harper himself said in 2005: “When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is frankly when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern.”

Okay, there’s my little rant. But there’s a ton of information out there. There are a ton of links on this facebook group discussion:

The Harper Attack on Canadian Democracy Documented

As well as this concise article:

You Have the Power to Rein in this PM

Thousands of people marching down Hornby Street.

This old lady was definitely the most anti-Harper person there!

Me, double fisting with the protest signs.

There will probably be another protest in the next month or so, which I will also be attending.

Here’s a facebook group that has tons of information, everyone should join!:

Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament

Oh, and also, the onion ring would get my vote:

Can this Onion Ring get more fans than Stephen Harper?


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