Proroguing during recess makes it look dubious
Derrick Kennedy, Conservative candidate for Cape Breton-Canso, demonstrates that he doesn’t understand the prorogation issue (Champion Proroguers Preceded Harper, Letters, Jan 28).
Indeed, historically Canada has seen Parliaments prorogued by both Liberal and Conservative governments, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper has taken it to a new level.
While it is within the prime minister’s discretion to request a proroguing of Parliament to end a session, the point that is exasperating Harper’s foes and a fair percentage of the voting public is that it highly unusual, undemocratic and quite suspect for the prime minister to prorogue when Parliament isn’t even in session. It is clear he is avoiding debate, and debate is a healthy and vital part of democracy. Mark MacNeill Big Pond The writer was the NDP candidate in Cape Breton-Canso for the 2008 election.