Vinnie & Twy

Ask Not…etc etc etc

In bitching, Canadian politics, Uncategorized on January 9, 2010 at 3:19 am

So, earlier this week, when I first got in this tizzy, I thought I should call the Queen to ask her to deal with our parliamentary situation.

No luck. I am either too lowly to get her to come to the phone or, I may have had the wrong number.

Stamps are too pricey and I can’t find her email address, so I guess thats out. The best I can do for my country right now is write another blog and post a bunch of shit on my facebook. It’ll have to do.

There has been a lot of talk this week about the facebook group Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament. The Conservatives must’ve miscalculated somehow in deciding that closing the government would be no big deal, because membership in this group doubles by the day.

Yes, Canada is worried.

Suspending parliament gives Mr. Harper the chance to implement new policies and make decisions without consulting anyone else. For example, he has already announced more new airport security measures and withdrawn funding to the Canadian Council on Learning, an organization established by a previous government. Hmmm, wonder whats next? Me too!

This type of behavior smacks of dictatorship, does it not? Mr. Harper constantly seems to forget that he answers to the people of Canada.

One of the more publicized items that is being ignored as a result this parliamentary suspension is the dissolving of the special committee looking into the Afghan detainee situation.

What upsets me more (even though I would never vote for Joy Smith) is the death of her private member’s bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code to include a minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years.

Mr. Harper is pretending that he needs this time to “re-calibrate” his government and to “fix” our economy. That, is bologna.

I think that Stephen Harper wants to attend the Olympic Games and this World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland without having to miss out on anything at work.

Normally, one might think that he secretly wanted this time to avoid questions and to save his governmental ass, so to speak. I don’t believe any of that is the case here.

Before Christmas, Mr. Harper was still riding the wave of his wildly popular youtube performance. He obviously had no worries of that sort.

I strongly suspect that the real reason for the prorogation of parliament, is to sow the seeds for the elimination of the Office of The Governor General.

By making sure that the media and all the world is completely aware that it only took a quick phone call to prorogue parliament, Harper has managed to put the role of GG in a very bad light. It paints the GG as nothing more than a weak, rubber stamp official. And don’t think for a second that it wasn’t a calculated move on his part. Let’s keep in mind his his rules about statements to the press (they can only come from him).

Say, you know what? That’s kind of a fascist sort of way of operating too, isn’t it? Don’t we usually look down on leaders who try to control the media? I think we do…yes we definitely do. I saw a movie about it.

Anyway, it wasn’t very long ago that Stephen Harper had a “you’re not the boss of me” type of hissy fit and reminded the GG that we still have a Queen.

Don’t kid yourself, that just might be what he’s after. It’s entirely possible that he’s not as dumb as he looks.

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  1. well said & speaking about dictatorship, Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill, ON said that opposition criticism of prorogue was trivial & all that mattered was the people of Canada.

    Well, if that isn’t dictatorship tell me what is!!

    That is what democracy is based upon, criticism. Kent might have been embedded with his brother in the Iraq war too long cause if this man believes that then he should move to China, N Korea.

    It just goes to show you how Harper is even manipulating his own members into believing his way of government.

    Harper needs to GO & SOON!!!

  2. I agree with the overall tone of your blog, but disagree with your conclusion that:
    “the real reason for the prorogation of parliament, is to sow the seeds for the elimination of the Office of The Governor General”

    I am not aware of any situation in recent memory (ie since 1896, 1926) where the GG has NOT complied with the PM’s “advice”. I think that doing so WOULD cause a backlash amongst the majority of Canadians resulting in an outcry for the dissolution of the position. At this point however, I AM convinced that the GG is a total waste of taxpayer money. Truly is a rubber stamp.

  3. The unfortunate thing is Eottawa is right the current GG has done nothing good for the position.

  4. Bill 268 wow

    Bill 268 provides protection for those under 18 years of age, Bill 279 already in place protects all, of all ages. So you would give up the protection of law, because the change allows a loophole.
    The only change is that there is a provision for a minimum sentence. Everything else is identical.

    Bill 279
    Trafficking in persons
    279.01 (1) Every person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation is guilty of an indictable offence and liable
    (a) to imprisonment for life if they kidnap, commit an aggravated assault or aggravated sexual assault against, or cause death to, the victim during the commission of the offence; or
    (b) to imprisonment for a term of not more than fourteen years in any other case.

    Consent

    (2) No consent to the activity that forms the subject-matter of a charge under subsection (1) is valid.

    Bill 268 amendment
    Trafficking of a person under the age of eighteen years

    279.011 (1) Every person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person under the age of eighteen years, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person under the age of eighteen years, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation is guilty of an indictable offence and liable

    (a) to imprisonment for life if they kidnap, commit an aggravated assault or aggravated sexual assault against, or cause death to, the victim during the commission of the offence; or

    (b) to imprisonment for not more than fourteen years and not less than five years in any other case.

    Consent

    (2) No consent to the activity that forms the subject-matter of a charge under subsection (1) is valid.

  5. see Dave; I could tell you hadn’t been reading the blog religiously as I had earlier requested!

  6. Letters to the Queen require no postag and should be addressed to

    Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom

    As there are many rules when writing a letter to royalty I suggest you read up on them before just sending a letter of your thoughts and feelings. If the Queen is not properly addressed in the letter it will not make it past one of her many secretaries.

  7. I do read the blog, most of what is written is udder crap, which I vehemently oppose.
    But when you start to speak to a topic in which I can engage in dialogue, then I choose to make that engagement. I’m not going to grab your hand and throw it with mine into the air with a big cheer. No I am going to look at what you say and address it. I address it with comments and facts that will oppose or support your position. I’m not going to read headlines and dramatically react to them. I read the context and then I gather information that supports or opposes that context.
    It is up to you to refute or agree with what I say through the same process.
    Now if you feel you must write to the queen, maybe you could ask her where all the drug trafficking money from the drug trade that her countrymen control.

  8. I didn’t read the entire article. All I can say is one thought comes to mind on this topic.

    First, our government members take way too many vacations. If everyone took that much time off this country would come to a standstill.

    Second…Why is it, when a Liberal Government takes time off, the Conservative voters get all upset, and the Liberal supporters defend it… then when the shoe is on the other foot, the situation reverses.

    No matter what party is represented in power, those in power should serve the people, not themselves.

  9. Really clean website , regards for this post.

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