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Power to the people’s representatives

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Andrew Heard proposes a solution, of sorts.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has riled many Canadians with his second suspension of Parliament in a year. On both occasions, the Prime Minister has shuttered Parliament in order to prevent our elected representatives from doing their most fundamental job of holding the government to account. Such manoeuvring is anti-democratic and demonstrates that it is time to put the decision to prorogue in the hands of the House of Commons … It is time to change the rules and stipulate that no prime minister can advise the prorogation or dissolution of Parliament without a vote to do so in the House of Commons.