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Dear citizen (II)


 

Charlie Angus writes to his constituents.

Parliamentary democracy creates instability. It’s a pretty loaded statement. But this is the latest explanation from Stephen Harper in justifying his decision to shut down the House of Commons. Harper says he locked out Parliament to send a signal of stability to the markets. This is the kind of assurances one would normally expect from a generalissimo decked out in gold embroidered epaulets. But Harper’s decision to shut Parliament down twice in one year, speaks to a different kind of coup that’s been taking place. This isn’t a coup of generals. It’s a coup of pinstripes.


 

Dear citizen (II)

  1. I'm still waiting for the Fujimori comparisons.

  2. The PM is counting on the apathy of Canadians and the Opposition's fears. If we all refuse to let this issue die (and the related issues of accountability and respect in government) then they cannot get away with it. With the Facebook group, Canadians against proroguing Parliament growing by the thousands every day, I can't wait to see what excuse Mr Harper comes up with next.

    • Or is Harper counting on your apathy? His purpose in proroguing parliament (as best I can tell) was to get the Afghan detainee issue out of the way. He appears to have succeeded because people are angrier about prorogation than they ever were about the detainees. Nonetheless, prorogation isn't an election-winner for the opposition (particularly since Ignatieff has said he would use the power, albeit more appropriately), and isn't going to be the big issue two months from now. Cuts to social programs are going to be the big issue, while this issue may be forgotten.

      • He's succeeded…he no longer has a gun to his head…now he has a knife to his throat…[ a little hyperbolic license]

  3. "Harper will simply dodge the doubters through a series of carefully staged government photo ops."

    Oh, please. Who does Angus think he's kidding?

    The photo ops we've seen thus far have been anything but "carefully" staged. They are much more like a cruel mockery of people "carefully staging" a photo op of people pretending to be doing important work. A three year old could stage better than this!

  4. Pikky, pikky.

  5. Charlie will be re-elected in my Northern Ontario riding until he choses not to run.
    He is a good MP(a hard working glad-hander), even thou I can't bring myself to vote for him.

    He is being a bit melodramatic in this piece.

    Reading his over-the-top populist imagery, and small mindedness with regards to corporate taxes, only re-enforces my opinions about the NDP.

    They can always pander to populist outrage, because they never have had the "disipline of power".

    They can promote economy killing (and wrong headed) ideas because they will never have the power to impliment them, and will thus never be held accountable for them.

  6. "This is the kind of assurances one would normally expect from a generalissimo decked out in gold embroidered epaulets."

    No, this is the kind of assurance one would normally expect from someone who doesn't have a very good understanding of economics – or, for that matter, statistics.

    Elections proper can be associated with market fluctuation (not usually instability); but causation…hard, if not impossible to prove.

  7. Thunder Bay is not Charlie Angus' constituecy either, Mr. Wherry, even if it looks like it from Toronto.

      • Posted this in the wrong place… Doh.

        I stand corrected.

        Ottawa must look like Toronto from way up here : )

        • lol. is suspect it does AJR, not that diferent from down here too.

  8. I stand corrected.

    Ottawa must look like Toronto from way up here : )

  9. This is the kind of assurances one would normally expect from a generalissimo decked out in gold embroidered epaulets.

    This is the kind of grammars one would not have expected from Charlie Angus. When you write a letter to tens of thousands of constituents, you're supposed to proofread it first.

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