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By michaelcumming (registered) - website | Posted January 07, 2010 at 12:25:17

I agree completely with this article. There is so much shame to go around that it boggles the mind. Harper's anti-democratic instincts are obviously honed to a fine degree. It's the core of his brand. They seem to come from a dark place that I don't quite understand. But what about the opposition and the Governor General? Do they care at all about their reputations? What's next for the Conservatives? Burning down the Parliament buildings and making it look like the opposition did it? [cf. Reichstag fire of 1933].

The first prorogation debate was filled with gross inaccuracies, now the sequel. I've never taken constitutional law but I expect the PM to at least know the basics. This is really not a partisan issue. You would think that a Conservative party would have at least some respect for the basics of a parliamentary system.

Saying that Canadians do not care about detainee abuse or the role of parliament in making a government accountable is the height of cynicism and likely untrue. This will come to backfire on those who promote such silly ideas. Remember what happened to Mussolini?

Democracy will die in Canada not with a bang but with a whimper. It's obviously time to join something a bit more vocal than a Facebook group.

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