Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Democracy optional

This news outfit is reporting it: "Tories want Parliament suspended until March." And Big City Lib believes it. Good enough for me.

Sure sounds like the Harper way. The going has gotten tough on the detainee issue. Time for this leader to run:
The Conservative government will ask the Governor General to suspend Parliament Wednesday delaying the return of MPs until the beginning of March, QMI Agency has learned.

Sources say the government is expected to prevent Parliament coming back on its scheduled return date of Jan. 25 so it can keep the House in recess until after the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Dimitri Soudas, press secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, would not confirm or deny the story saying only that "no decision had yet been made" with respect to proroguing parliament.

Preventing the return of Parliament until after the Olympics would effectively shut down all government committees, which would stop MPs from pursuing the Afghan detainee controversy until Parliament returned.
It's some kind of democracy we've got going on here. Just top shelf.

A PMO spokesthingy previously said parliament would return on January 25th. Things change I guess.

I wrote about this recently, I don't believe there's much chance the Governor General would refuse this request despite the argument she should refuse.

Bowie has catalogued the bills that would die, despite the incessant Conservative rhetoric we've been subjected to on their crime legislation. What a load of hooey that's been. Which we knew. Now they've just flat out admitted it.

In addition, throw in such matters as the government's inaction on the isotope panel's report. That likely falls by the wayside for three more months now, possibly more. No urgency from the government has been in evidence on that. Patients and hospitals bear the brunt, the government skates away from responsibility.

Stephen Harper, treating parliament as if it's his own personal plaything, to dismiss at his leisure while the rest of the world goes on working...there's no legitimate reason for it.