A year ago, Harper got permission to get Parliament recessed from December 4, 2008 to January 27, 2009. Most of us first heard of the term “prorogue” and the opposition cried foul. Parliament out of action for 54 days.
Last summer, Parliament recessed from June 19, 2009 to September 15, 2009 without any fanfare.
Parliament out of action for 88 days.
Parliament recesses on December 11, 2009 till January 25, 2009. No fanfare.
Parliament will be out of action for 44 days.
Harper in the meantime gets permission to extend recess till March 3, 2010.
That extends the recess by 37 days for a total recess of 81 days, just short of the summer recess. But now, all hell breaks out from the opposition. Cries of prorogation .
About the only problem the opposition really has with the prorogation is that they did not agree to it. Fuck them . If they want, they can throw the government out after March 3. But they won’t, because Canadians really don’t fucking care. What the fuck is a few less days of a sitting parliament to us Canadians while we can devote our full attention to getting a gold medal in the next winter olympics?
And whats the problem with legally rearranging the Senate in the meantime to prevent further obstruction of government bills.
Sure, all enquiries and and government bills are terminated and resumption is at the whim of the government, but that does not apply to private member’s bills.
And , by the way, nobody really gives a flying fuck what the Afghan government does with their traitors. If we did, the opposition can get that enquiry restarted.
Just what did we lose from the first time Harper asked for prorogation ?
Lets avoid airing our laundry in front of the cameras of the world and enjoy the next couple of months until after the Olympics. After that, well, feel free to hammer Harper with everything you can muster.