Monday, January 11, 2010

The PM is No Dictator

Ya, like Monte Solberg says in his column today, you might not like the PM, that's ok. I don't think PM Harper is looking for how many people like him anyway. Monte goes on to say even if you hate him, he's no dictator and clarifies in my mind the real reason why the prorogation, the senate.

"Senate is important

So we have a disagreement about how important this is and the government is content to let Canadians decide in the next election. In the meantime, the government's priorities include fighting a recession, prosecuting a war and setting sensible environmental policies, and that makes the Senate important.

In order for the soon to be new Conservative majority in the Senate to have control of the committees, the rules say Parliament must prorogue so that the committees can be reconstituted.

Without prorogation, the Liberals would still have a majority of committee seats in the Senate even though they would have fewer seats overall. That would be a terribly anti-democratic situation on at least two levels and should be an outrage to the media if saving democracy was their real concern. That's a big if, however."

Monte then emphasizes that PM Harper is far from being a dictator.

"Remember that this is the PM who has given up power to Parliament on vetting Supreme Court nominees and going to war. He has tried mightily to elect the Senate. Calling him a dictator is so embarrassingly over the top that it says more about his critics than it does him."

And to all those who say that the PM has shut down parliament for 3 months, to 60 days, even all winter by some in the media Hunter has done a phenomenal job in breaking down the actual number of days the house is not sitting. I think her numbers are more to the truth. (h/t) Hunter