The times, they are a-changin’
December 05, 2008
- To discontinue a session of (a parliament, for example).
- To postpone; defer.
The past week has seen some amazing action in our Canadian government. After announcing their economic update and proposed changes to curb spending, which included cutting funding to political parties, eliminating the right for public servants to strike for two years and which made no mention of economic stimulation, the Tories found themselves fighting a coalition of the opposition parties composed of the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois.
Yesterday, Governor General Michaëlle Jean granted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s request to prorogue Parliament until January 26th- thereby deferring next Monday’s no-confidence vote. January will see the minority government’s proposed federal budget, which will be the deciding factor on whether this government stays in power.
Wow. Who said Canadian politics are boring? This is the stuff that makes it into history books people!
The two month break will see both sides fighting to gain the confidence of the Canadian people. Harper and the Conservatives are said to be preparing a PR blitz , which will hopefully include many photos such as this one.
Aw, he’s holding a kitten. He has my vote.
The coalition is already dealing with some issues, specifically with Stéphane Dion.
Make sure to keep an eye on this, as what happens in the next few months may see a major shift in Canada’s governance.
Oh yes, only 17 more shopping days til Chanukah and 19 more shopping days til Christmas!
Let’s help stimulate the economy: buy stuff!
I would like new socks and a trip to Paris.