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Stop bothering the Governor General

David Johnston is probably not going to say no to Stephen Harper


 

David Johnston seems like a nice fellow and he is, in theory, invested with great power. And it is presumably with that power in mind that Independent MP Bruce Hyer has apparently written to the Governor General to ask him to deny the Prime Minister’s bid to prorogue Parliament this fall. Here, similarly, is a petition that begs Mr. Johnston to refuse the Prime Minister’s request.

As I’ve written, there is reason to be upset about the possible prorogation of Parliament this fall. But the answer to less parliamentary democracy over the next two months is probably not that our unelected head of state should invoke rarely used powers to deny a request to delay the return of Parliament from an individual who presently holds the confidence of the House. Probably nothing short of a crisis should be necessary before the Governor General considers intruding on something like prorogation.

This particular question of democracy would be better answered via democracy, either with the people’s elected representatives taking up reform or with the people taking up their concerns and making use of their freedom to speak and vote.


 

Stop bothering the Governor General

  1. Well, at least Harper has a majority at this time and has the will of the House. He did not have it the last 2 times he prorogued – he only had a minority. At least this prorogation will be *somewhat* more acceptable, relatively speaking.

    • the only problem is, harper does his proroguing in order to avoid scandals. everyone thinks the cons own the eCONomy. the only reason why they(cons) think they own it is because no one in the country can get the true numbers out of them. and what a stupid poll question to ask all the time, whos better to handle the eCONomy . they always say harper. the most expensive government in Canadian history, and these guys(cons)are the best. the cons wouldn’t run a sh##house, not alone a country.

    • I think this goes a bit to far. This was certainly in issue during the first pro-rogue, and should have been decided by the governor general by requiring harper to demonstrate he had it before he could shut down parliament. Other pro-rogues, bad as they may have been for other reasons, cannot claim that with nearly as much certainty that confidence of the house was at issue, let alone a certainty.

  2. “Was it somehow impossible all along for the Prime Minister to avoid delaying the return of Parliament and eliminating 20 sitting days? I confess I don’t see how?”

    Exactly. By the record Harper has known this prorogation has been coming for some time. To now say, sorry but we’re gonna lose 20 odd days of Parliament sitting is completely bogus; and it has sweet Fanny Adams to do with his right to prorogue the House in order to bring in a fresh agenda – he could do that in any case. PMSH on the run from Parliamentary scrutiny once again.

    • And since when has Justin become so concerned about the sitting of the House:

      “On April 20, 2012, for example, Trudeau earned
      $20,000 for a speech he gave to Literacy for Life in Saskatoon. In the House of Commons, other MPs were debating and voting on a pension reform initiative.”

      “On Jan. 31, 2009, MPs debated and voted on changes to employment insurance benefits. There is no record Trudeau voted on that initiative or participated in the day’s proceedings. But he did give a speech that day to the Toronto-based group, The Learning Partnership, for which he was paid $10,000”

      • Since when is Trudeau the whole House? Even if he doesn’t attend others will.
        . Get a life Francien, spamming blog sites that are not directly connected to JT make you appear uber partisan and distinctly odd.

        • Well, since JT is one of the persons who has criticized Harper for not recalling Parliament sooner, I wonder why Justin had such a change of heart and mind.

          This blog is about recall of Parliament, and the rights to proroguation, is it not……………………………well, since JT is a Parliamentarian who happens to speak out of two sides of his mouth on the very topic of House sittings, we have no choice but to talk about JT here as well. He is the one who sets a very odd example.

      • Why are you always off-topic?

        • Because she is the duly-appointed Royal Mistress of the Irrelevant Interrogatory.

          • March 5, 2010 – Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union. $20,000

          • July 14, 1789 – Bastille Day. Priceless

          • If you consider the loss of life priceless.

  3. There was one time only in Canadian History when a government leader prorogued in order to avoid a confidence vote that he knew he was going to lose (because the opposition parties had all declared that they would defeat him). I don’t have a problem with any other prorogation except that one. But that one is a biggie and that one event is what Harper should be remembered for. Desperately clinging to power after losing the confidence of the house.