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Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prorogue Parliament, push new session into October

Posted: 8/20/2013 | Views: 2338

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament and launch a new session in October will likely kill a number of government bills – including a stalled bill on Senate reform – and delay the House of Commons from sitting in September as originally planned.

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Source: O Canada

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Aswad Says:
9/15/2013 3:39:07 PM
PM;"Weakening federalism is not the ansewr; a dramatic shift in political attitudes across Canada, to a mentality of consensus and cooperation, is what it will take. United we stand, divided we fall."You're right. Rolling back federalism will only increase the regional divides and reduce the relevance of actually keeping the country in one piece. And that's not the ansewr.To me, regionalism is a pox on our politics; it's cancerous to our national political discourse and it's sadly pervasive in this country. And the last few weeks of rhetoric - from both sides of the aisle - has only inflamed the condition.I can't claim to know how to fix this and break the back of the regionalism disease that afflicts us. It would appear, though, that the most potential to do so may actually be in determining how the people are represented - to break the old concept of certain regions being the sole domain of certain parties - like the "Conservatives be here" paradigm in many corners of Alberta, especially rural ones like mine - and actually make every vote count. Doing that could, arguably, make every part of the country matter to all the political parties. Well, except for the Bloc.... And, by electing more representative, politically-diverse provincial caucuses to Parliament, people in different regions may actually be able to see more of themselves in each other and work towards common cause.Maybe; That might happen. No guarantees. And it would probably mean changing - or even ridding ourselves of - the single-member district plurality (or first-past-the-post) electoral system. To be frank, though, I doubt many will go for something 'radical' like instant runoff voting or a form of proportional representation (like by-province PR) - it'd be outside the comfort zone. Much less, the political parties who'd actually be in control of writing such legislation and would have the most to lose by doing so.In light of that, we have little choice but to work with what we've go
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Antonio Says:
9/12/2013 5:04:09 AM
Your poistng lays bare the truth
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