Pro­rogu­ing dur­ing re­cess makes it look du­bi­ous

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

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.

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