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Hmm, Harper claims he needs almost 3 months to figure out how to govern.

I almost hate to use this comparison, but Harper seems to be borrowing in so many words Stephane Dion’s line of “You think it’s easy to make priorities?” in using this excuse/justification for proroguing Parliament. As Aaron Wherry states, combine the Christmas/New Years break and the prorogue, and Parliament will be off for 83 days, and Harper is claiming he needs every single one of those days without Parliament sitting to plan something.

Apparently Harper and his Conservative government can’t chew gum and walk at the same time, or more accurately, can’t plan any economic priorities while being grilled in Question Period, or having pesky committees hold hearings that are politically embarrassing (and possibly worse).

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8 comments to Hmm, Harper claims he needs almost 3 months to figure out how to govern.

  • Derek

    So why not have a dictator or a monarch then? Surely a dictator or a monarch can personally oversee all the issues of the kingdom better than an elected man?

    In all seriousness though, there are a number of crippling issues with our parliamentary systems, not least is the ability to suspend parliament. The whip votes are problematic, the personality cults surrounding party leaders is problematic, the aversion to delays in legislation is no reason to pass bad legislation. Confidence measures should not be employed as regularly as they are as it creates unnecessary political coercion between the desires of the executive branch and the will of the legislative branch. The first past the post electoral system is bananas given the variety of political interests in our country, it should be proportional representation. The ABC voting pattern basically guarantees that a slim minority of Canadians are having their interests met, while the majority have to rely on the various opposition groups to muster enough courage to prevent the government from pursuing their slim focus, and as such the political system suffers and languishes due to the expedient time-reflective decisions the parliamentarians are forced to make, regardless of the soundness of the legislation being proposed.

    Couple this with our lackluster media reporting the ‘issues of the day’ and the result is a lion riding a horse in China or a dog that falls into a river or other such nonsense.

  • Steephill

    Okay I am confused, so prorogation is allowed but coalitions are not? This governance stuff is so confusing. I just want one elected leader to govern and determine the direction of our country. I don’t care about the people around her/him, they are not important. I will elect the leader who will direct all public institutions. If they are in any sort of political trouble or under public scrutiny, I expect them to take every measure within their preeminent power to avoid critique – I would certainly do the same thing. ; )

  • Now don’t you go making fun of Stephane Dion! I liked the man. 😉 Just wish the LPC’s court-jesters-in-waiting had supported him.

  • Big Winnie

    You’d think after 4 years he would have figured how to govern.

    BTW, the opposition parties won’t have to force an election, the Conservative budget will contain enough poison pills so that the budget will be defeated.

  • Alison S

    Yeah, more like planning his next Machiavellian move.

  • Anon ABC

    This might explain why he needs 3 months to plan his agenda:

    Q: Have you heard about the new Harper Value Meal?

    A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.

    This joke is attributed to anonymous sources, so don’t shoot the messenger if you don’t like it. lol.

  • Kursk

    Don’t like it?

    Force an election.

    Oh, right…..

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