Prorogue?

I’m at the Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner right now and a quiet rumour among a small number of the gathered people here is that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may prorogue Parliament until the new year.

This would provide some breathing room for the government and let Canadians consider a Bloc-supported NDP-Liberal coalition while they eat their Christmas dinners and/or get together for their holiday parties.

The opposition will cry foul, but it’s within the Prime Minister’s power. The effect on Ottawa would be to pour some cold water on the heated political atmosphere on the Hill.

However, I should say, the optics of it wouldn’t be ideal to say the least. What do you think the risk/reward potential of this move would be?

UPDATE: 45 minutes later, the rumour has made it to the podium and was just announced to a surprised room. Should be an interesting evening. I also hear that the PM may make a surprise appearance.

Comments

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  • James

    I personally think this might be the best idea. It is unfortunate that this kind of power struggle is occuring at a time when Canada needs strong leadership

  • Dave

    There is plenty of blame to go around on this mess. Harper pushing us to the brink over issues that have little to do with concerns of the overall populace. The “tri-party” coalition seeing an opportunity to gain power and get their turn at the trough. It is all appalling.
    To think that we who voted in a government less than two months ago, would be faced with a coalition including a party with a mandate to break up the very country that provides its sanctuary, and led by a man who they deemed inadequate to lead the party (never mind the country), is astounding.

    With the monster sized egos and pettiness on the Hill, it seems we are destined to be governed by the complete opposite from what our country needs to bring us through the next 2-4 years.

  • Rob Bakewell

    Well I guess Harper can run but he can't hide. Suspending Parliament to save democracy!?! Harper should have the vote on Monday the 8th and then see what the GG decides.

  • Brad Penner

    I think she should grant it or if not call another election. Canada would become the laughingstock of the world for swearing in a new Prime Minister who has already handed in his resignation.

  • Don Hermiston

    I am Not a Conservative, but I'm getting a bit miffed at the B.S. the Liberal and N.D.P. have been throwing around. Mr. Harper may come across as a bit of a bully, but there is one thing he did not do. He did not start this nonsense. Jack (mealy Mouth) Layton conspired with Mr. Duceppe to bring down the legitimate gov. of Mr. Harpers before parliament even started. I will vote Conservative now.

  • pissedoffattheGG

    Harper kept blah-blah-blahing away about how the coalition was not given a democratic mandate to govern, even though by being elected to the house of commons (by a larger total margin than the Conservatives), did in fact give them that mandate. Then he goes over our elected representatives collective heads, and demands that the GG who was never elected by anyone for anything prorogue parliament, even though that does not reflect the will of parliament. Oh and voting in favour of a throne speech delivered only a few weeks after an election does not give Harper carte-blanche to impose some sort of lite-dictatorship. Why isn't the media giving Harper a harder time about his blatant hypocrisy? When will Conservative supporter see through his BS and realize that he will never live up to any promises he's made. This really gives new meaning to the new GnR album title “Chinese Democracy” cause Canada seems to be going more and more that way.

  • pissedoffattheGG

    “They want no part of another election nor do they want a change of government for reasons they can't understand”

    If they don't understand why this government must change, than they're idiots. Anybody who has ever taken a high-school social studies understands that the opposition has a right, in fact an obligation to topple an ineffective government such as the one we have now. Conservatives have a minority government which means they do not have the support of anything nearing the majority of Canadians. Period. Just because enough Canadians see through Harpers BS to keep the Cons out of majority territory, does not mean the Cons have a right to start imposing its will on a nation that for the most part rejected his mandate to rule. Harper is out of control and the Cons all sit back, hands behind their heads screaming “yeah, but at least the trains are running on time!”

  • pissedoffattheGG

    So what should MPs only work the day of the throne speech, then stop doing there jobs? Accepting the throne speech does not mean that the opposition cannot vote against conservative bills, especially when it's Harper himself that keeps turning every bill into a confidence motion.

  • pissedoffattheGG

    “All it does is make the CPC look like it has something to hide.”

    Actually abstaining from all candidate debates during the election, and silencing the social conservative portion of the party already makes them look like they have something to hide. Harper is a soulless robot with the personality of drywall, that he would make such a move is not surprising. He is only interested in consolidating power, and to hell with representative democracy.

  • dontcry

    Then he goes over our elected representatives collective heads, and demands that the GG who was never elected by anyone for anything prorogue parliament, even though that does not reflect the will of parliament.

  • Denise Tessier

    Harper has no right to prorogue parliament, he/youwere voted in by the people to govern, So get so back to to work. We voted you in and expect you to be in parliment, getting business done. Must be nice, call a “time out” when things get tough. Canada at the moment is like ship, and the Officer just jumped ship. You are displaying a new level of arrogance. We voted you in, now get back and DO something for the country. Holiday is over, get back to doing the job you voted to do. You have let us down, big time and that will show at the next election. I am fed up!!!!!!!!!!

  • Edward Shallow

    Proroguing parliament is a cowardly way out of a sticky situation. Harper should be removed for using this antiquated law. It makes a mockery of the type of government we are supposed to have

  • Edward Shallow

    Proroguing parliament is a cowardly way out of a sticky situation. Harper should be removed for using this antiquated law. It makes a mockery of the type of government we are supposed to have