Comment 27779

By Rebel Alliance (anonymous) | Posted December 04, 2008 at 09:15:56

Maybe a pop culture reference will help for people who still don't get why Harper can't be allowed to prorogue parliament:

"The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I've just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently."
- Grand Moff Tarkin

Okay, so we have a parliament not an "Imperial Senate" and Harper is only trying to dissolve parliament temporarily and not "permanently", but he does want to suspend it.

Why? Because he doesn't want to be accountable to the democratically elected house of commons.

There's been a lot of talk about "democracy" and things be "undemocratic" this week, it's important to understand how democracy works in Canada. The way it works is that the people vote for a house of commons. The house of commons represents the people, and speaks for the people.

The government has to be accountable to the people. The way it's accountable is it has to answer to the house of commons - the people's representatives.

The government has to face the house of commons regularly to make sure what they're doing is supported by the people's representatives.

Harper knows the people's representatives have lost confidence in him, and he doesn't want to face them.

That's why he wants to suspend parliament for the next two months. That's two months when the government is not accountable to anyone - not to the house of commons, not to the people.

That's the only truly undemocratic option on the table right now. Harper is trying to run away and hide because he knows he will lose his job if he actually has to face the People's representatives.

If the GG has a shred of respect for democracy - for the government's accountability to the people represented by the house of commons - she will force Harper to appear before the house of commons and ask for their confidence before he's allowed to suspend parliament.

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