Looks like Canadians will have to wait a bit longer for Parliament to resume. Yesterday, PM Harper made the announcement that he will ask the Governor General to prorogue Parliament until October, when he will give the next throne speech. Parliament was originally set to resume on September 16.
This is not the first time that PM Harper has used prorogation to change the parliamentary schedule. In 2008, PM Harper used prorogation to prevent the opposition’s attempt to form a coalition government following the 2008 election. Parliament was also prorogued in 2010 during the controversy surrounding Canada’s treatment of prisoners in Afghanistan and prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Even though this move did not come as a very big surprise to a lot of people, it was nevertheless met with a lot of criticism on Twitter. There have been 4507 mentions of the prorogation of Parliament tagged with #cdnpoli between yesterday and today. In addition to that, a CBC article on the matter currently has 3084 comments.
Some individuals chose to poke fun at the prorogation.
One of the links which is currently going around Twitter is a 2010 video of former Liberal MP Bob Rae singing at a charity fundraising “He Prorogues”, a song he wrote about the 2010 prorogation of Parliament set to the tune of “Let It Be”.
There was also an interesting article by CBC’s Kady O’Malley where she provided reasons as to why she thinks this prorogation of Parliament is not as dire as a lot of people make it out to be.
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