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SHAME! December 4, 2008

Posted by rogerhollander in A: Roger's Original Essays, About Canada, Canada, Canadan Coalition.
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The Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean, has made a grave and inexcusable mistake in caving in to the pleading of Conservative leader Stephen Harper and suspending Parliament until the end of January.

It is not for a Governor General to interfere in the parliamentary procedures of the House of Commons, rather to protect the process.  She has violated her mandate.  The Governor General has the power to suspend the working of parliament in the event of emergency.  In this case, somehow she was convinced by Harper that saving his political neck was a national emergency.  The Tories and the media may have exerted enormous pressures on the Governor General, but it is her sworn duty to uphold parliamentary rules and procedures.  It his she as failed and shown a grevious lack of character.



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