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Canadian Politics Are More Interesting

It’s amazing, The Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has decided that, since Parliament has worked so hard this year, he will again given them a couple of months off, but the opposition parties are upset. The CBC reports: PM seeks Parliament shutdown until March

The Conservative government plans to shut down Parliament for two months, until after the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Prime Minister’s Office announced Wednesday.

The announcement triggered immediate condemnation from opposition MPs who labelled the Conservative government’s move an “almost despotic” attempt to muzzle parliamentarians amid controversy over the Afghan detainees affair.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, said the government sought the suspension to consult with Canadians, stakeholders and businesses as it moves into the “next phase” of its economic action plan amid signs of economic recovery.

“This is quite routine but it is also important to give Canadians an overview of where we will be taking the country over the next little while,” Soudas told CBC News from Ottawa.

Come on guys, he does this every Christmas, and you know you want to watch the Olympics, so what’s the problem? Sure, it gives him time to add more of his people to the Canadian Senate; sure, it cancels some investigations that he didn’t want going on; and it certainly limits any embarrassing questions about the Olympics; but it’s time off and you can go home and listen to your constituents kvetch, up close and personal.

If you have the time, scan the comments. They have Canadian wingnuts. Who knew?

2 comments

1 Comrade Kevin { 12.31.09 at 8:03 pm }

How do they differ from American wingnuts?
.-= last blog ..At the Beginning of a New Decade, Lessons from the Start of Another =-.

2 Bryan { 12.31.09 at 11:38 pm }

The amazing thing, CK, is that there is almost no difference in their reponses, when compared to US wingnuts. The fact that there are rather different government structures and constitutions, the talking points in the Canadian comments seem to come from Limbaugh and Beck, just like ours.

Complaints about big government, taxes, liberals, just like in the US, and totally knee-jerk defense of the Conservative government. They even make the complaint that the Liberals aren’t supporting the troops. It’s rather amazing.