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5/16/2005

Get Me Rewrite...

Then for three days running the Liberals were either unable to avoid adjournment or unable to convene the House. For centuries, this has been deemed a measure of the Commons’ confidence. If a government cannot even manage to keep the doors open and the lights on in the Commons, it has lost the confidence of the people’s elected representatives and must resign or ask the Governor General to issue the election writs.

The Liberals, of course, have done neither. They have arrogantly stuck to their talking points about how all this is merely procedural. In effect, the Liberals have rewritten the Constitution for their own purposes.
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This is a point entirely lost on the majority of the Canadian population who have been lulled into the belief that a Prime Minister is somehow a President. The rewrite of our constitutional conventions simply furthers the erosion of the essential ideas which underlie Parliamentary democracy.

The sad part is that Canada no longer teaches its citizens very much about their own Constitution other than making the general assertion that having a Charter of Rights is a good thing. I rather doubt that is accidental.