Dans le cadre de la campagne Non à la prorogation et à titre de suivi, je propose l’action suivante : envoyons tous une carte de Saint-Valentin à Stephen Harper et à notre député fédéral avec la mention : J’AIME LA DÉMOCRATIE – NON À LA PROROGATION – RETOURNEZ AU TRAVAIL! I LOVE DEMOCRACY – NO TO PROROGATION – GET BACK TO WORK!
As a follow-up action to the No to Prorogation campaign, I propose the following action: let’s send Stephen Harper and our MPs a Valentine Day Card with the following message : J’AIME LA DÉMOCRATIE – NON À LA PROROGATION – RETOURNEZ AU TRAVAIL! I LOVE DEMOCRACY – NO TO PROROGATION – GET BACK TO WORK!
Results here http://twitter.com/noproroguewall
Mr. Lloyd Fournier, Deputy Chief of Political Affairs, Algonquin Woodland Métis Anishinabek Tribe (AWMAT) of the Eastern Woodlands of Canada, writes me this email :
« Read what we have had to say about grave events about to take place in Vancouver. Our position (published on our page) gives a more likely explanation for shutting down parliament. The next few weeks are likely to become a major international incident – right on Canadian soil. Each side is moving steadily towards a major confrontation. We continue urging our Aboriginal brothers and sisters to avoid such a confrontation. Experience tells us that when such a thing happens as it did at Ipperwash in Ontario; lives can be lost. We have read requests from our Aboriginal brothers and sisters for some serious medical supplies that may be rerquired when and if a confrontation takes place. On the other hand, we are watching an inordinate amount of RCMP, Vancouver police and CBSA focus on Vancouver.
When and if such a confrontation does take place, we believe that Prime Minister Harper does not want such things discussed (as they surely would be) in a sitting parliament. Instead, the government will want to avoid this until the spin doctors can implement some sort of damage control – as was tried by (then) Premier Harris in Ontario.
Let us all ask the Creator to steer our people away from an event that has the potential to set back our positive work in the area of political activism. These are very dark days for our people and for this country. »
He is referring to « Our Official Position on Potentially Violent Actions in Vancouver«
There are also anti prorogation rallies being organized in other countries. According to Emily Dee:
« International Rallies for Canadians Against Prorogation are taking place in New York, Dallas and London, England. We’ve gone international and have members from the Netherlands and Germany. We’re not alone in our fight for democracy. Join and tell your friends to join. Let’s make it a day to remember. »
And do you realize Stockwell Day — a high school graduate — has been named president of the Treasury Board? You can count on senseless budget cuts!
« A historical parallel to 1930s Germany?
There is an ominous rough parallel to prorogation, namely Article 48 of the Weimar Republic in 1930s Germany. It was a provision that functioned similarly to Canadian prorogation, intended to be invoked only under certain emergency conditions, but these were not clearly enough spelled out; the first use of Article 48 to suspend the German parliament was over the government of the day’s inability to obtain a parliamentary majority for its financial reform bill, which was voted down by the Reichstag, with the result that the bill was stalled in debate. The government, however, did not seriously try to negotiate with the Parliament to find a modus vivendi. Instead, Article 48 was invoked, but the Reichstag voted to invalidate that move, with the result that the Chancellor was forced to call an election. So far so good. The result of the election however was a more fragmented parliament with no clear majority, so that each time there was a governing crisis that did not favour the ruling party, Article 48 would again be invoked, most significantly when it was used by then Chancellor Adolph Hitler when he couldn’t get the existing coalition to do his bidding. There followed what was to become a single party (Nazi) dictatorship in which civil liberties were curtailed and a police state instituted. It all started with the use of the German equivalent to prorogation. »