Canadians are beginning to wake up to the jolt handed to our House of Commons. Minority PM Stephen Harper not happy with shutting down Parliament in January 2009 has done it again.
He had the confidence of the House of Commons with the Liberals and New Democrats voting with him on most major legislation. Everyone had to take January off along with their usual other days off work. Parliament is closed on weekends and let us not forget the 3 month summer vacation. They finally arrived back in the House in early December and Stephen Harper makes a phone call to the Governor General of Canada. (In Canada she is the representative for the Queen of England) Should you be reading this outside of Canada it would take far too long to explain how the Queen of England gets into the picture.
We must sort through the facts from the fiction that the Canadian Reformed Alliance Party under Harper have been spreading via the spin doctors.
All other instances over the past 40 years in Canada the PM at the time put a vote to the House of Commons. With a majority vote on whether the House would be "prorogued" that session was over. This was used up to an election or in between leadership changes without any loss of House business.
What Minority leader PM Harper did was go to the Governor General and have Parliament shut down by using the "proroguing of Parliament". He did not put a vote to the House of Commons in Canada.
On December 30th, 2009 Harper made a phone call to the Governor General to shut down Parliament until March 2010. No vote was called for in the House of Commons.
A brief video and I made wearing my brand new flannel shirt.
A Facebook group Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament is growing by the minute. It includes over 1000 discussion groups at the time of writing this for you.
The following is a list of Government Legislation at great cost to the Canadian taxpayer that is now tossed in the garbage can. All of these House Bills will have to be reintroduced when and if Parliament is allowed by Harper in March.
Legislation that died due the suspension of Parliament:
C-6 Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (allows government recalls of dangerous products)
C-8 Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act (gives equal property rights to aboriginal women)
C-13 An Act to amend the Canada Grain Act (modernizes how grain delivery is regulated)
C-15 An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (minimum penalties for serious drug offences)
C-19 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (investigative hearing and recognizance with conditions) (reinstates anti-terrorism powers for law enforcement)
C-20 An Act respecting civil liability and compensation for damage in case of a nuclear incident
C-23 Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
C-26 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (auto theft and trafficking in property obtained by crime)
C-27 Electronic Commerce Protection Act (cracks down on spammers)
C-30 Senate Ethics Act (unites House and Senate ethics oversight under one watchdog)
C-31 An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and the Identification of Criminals Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act (gives police more fingerprinting powers)
C-34 Protecting Victims From Sex Offenders Act (strengthens sex offender registry)
C-35 Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act (allows victims to sue terrorists)
C-36 Serious Time for the Most Serious Crime Act (eliminates "faint-hope" parole)
C-37 An Act to amend the National Capital Act and other Acts (An Action Plan for the National Capital Commission)
C-40 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (expands advance polling)
C-42 Ending Conditional Sentences for Property and Other Serious Crimes Act
C-43 An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Code (more rights for crime victims in parole process)
C-44 An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (ends Canada Post monopoly on international letters)
C-45 An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (cracks down on human trafficking)
C-46 Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act (gives police powers to hunt online predators)
C-47 Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement in the 21st Century Act (allows police to wiretap digital communications)
C-52 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for fraud (cracks down on white-collar crime)
C-53 Protecting Canadians by Ending Early Release for Criminals Act (ends accelerate parole review)
C-54 Protecting Canadians by Ending Sentence Discounts for Multiple Murders Act
C-55 Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Shoker Act (gives court power to require blood and urine samples)
C-57 Canada-Jordan Free Trade Act
C-58 Child Protection Act (Online Sexual Exploitation) (cracks down on child pornography)
C-59 An Act to amend the International Transfer of Offenders Act (makes it harder for offenders to be repatriated)
C-60 Keeping Canadians Safe (Protecting Borders) Act (allows more Canada-U.S. co-operation on marine law enforcement)
C-61 An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of railway operations (back-to-work legislation on CN Rail strike)
C-63 An Act to amend the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act and another Act in consequence thereof (enables commercial real estate development on reserves)
S-5 Long-Gun Registry Repeal Act
S-6 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (accountability with respect to political loans)
S-7 Constitution Act, 2009 (Senate term limits)
S-8 Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2009 (implements tax-evasion treaties with Colombia, Greece and Turkey)
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