July 9, 2012

Creeping Decay of Canadian Democracy

Michael Den Tandt, Edmonton Journal

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In 2009 in Canada, a prime minister prorogued Parliament to avoid a motion of non-confidence. In 2011, this same prime minister based an election campaign — successfully — on the notion that a coalition of "losing parties" holding a majority of seats in the House of Commons would lack the legitimacy to govern. This was, simply, a lie. In 2012 this prime minister, having once argued forcefully against the legitimacy of omnibus bills, forced one through himself, in the process changing more than 70 laws. This summer, Canadians are expected to forget all this, and more, because we live in uncertain economic times. Europe, you know. We go along, to get along.

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