Wednesday, April 20, 2011


According to Canadian Parliamentary Law, our constitution only requires that Parliament meet at least once a year. That session can in theory last as little as a few days.

That is law. It is the "rule" as Mr. Ignatieff would say.

Tell me, if Parliament only met once a year, for only a few days, would that be democratic?


At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds like a good Idea.;)

Think of all the trouble we could save not having Parliament to mess things up;)

On a more serious note, I find it interesting that Iggy and company are willing to use the rules for their own ends, but when the PM does the same ie proroguing Parliament, it is somehow illegitimate.

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous WTF said...

"Tell me, if Parliament only met once a year, for only a few days, would that be democratic?"

Wouldn't that be wonderful!

The less time they sit, the less they can intrude into our lives. Politicians seem to think that unless they are "fixing something" then we will be on the road to ruin. I say close that road!!!

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Nicol DuMoulin said...

I do not disagree, but I think you see my point. The Iggy's of the world would most certainly call it "undemocratic". And don't even get me started on the use of the "notwithstanding clause".

At 5:31 PM, Blogger oxygentax said...

It's not like the Senate sits for an excessive period of time.

Maybe it's time to go back to those days.

SO what happens if Mr. Harper waits for about 4 months to bring the House back before he puts a budget out. Would Iggy get upset and call that undemocratic too? I'm just looking at the longer Mr. Harper puts an election behind him, the easier it would be to ask for another election if the Coalition of Sore Losers attempts (or gets to try) their coup.

On second thought, I'd just like Mr. Harper to win now.

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The less those poo-flinging howler monkeys meet, the less time they have to pass ever more silly, intrusive and expensive legislation while. As an added bonus, they'd have less time to display their primitive primate-like aggression displays on camera and sicken the electorate even more.

Heck, if they only met periodically, then MPs would have to hold real jobs instead of being professional politicos, and maybe have a bit more appreciation of reality like say, the bullcrap small businesses have to put up with.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Jonathan Friesen said...

Count me in with the crew who wants parliament to sit for one week per year. If they are not sitting, they can't infringe upon our freedoms and they can't come up with new ways to spend even more of my money.

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Fred said...

I believe the Texas State Legislature only meets once every two years - and then for a maximum 140 days. On top of that, they get paid a maximum of $17920 per year.

And Texas is one of the most fiscally sound of the States!

At 1:45 PM, Blogger bertie said...

So how can the coalition get started.PM Harper can show up in 2012 read the throne speech,leave and come back in 2013 to give us a new budget and have a vote on it.If it is defeated we get an election and if he gets another minority,he can do the same thing.I like it.


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