They had become so used to his games that they started treating Parliament like an arena, writing blow by blow assessments of his moves, instead of keeping Canadians informed about the consequences of those moves.
And while many Neoconservative supporters are suggesting that the media created the hype around Canadians Against proroguing Parliament, and the subsequent rallies, they did not do this.
CAPP was not so much successful because of the media, but in spite of them.
Sure the attention drew people to us, but those people were obviously looking for something.
We are now almost a quarter of a million people, all working together to take our country back one voter at a time. Are you in?
I've been sharing some of the perceptions about this latest power grab, that woke up an apathetic nation, from around the world. This one is from Jamaica, and they also know what happened here. Tsk, tsk, tsk, they say.
How will anyone be able to take us seriously again?
Tsk, tsk, tsk Mr Harper
January 28, 2010
Now Mr. Rapley misses an important point. Even if the Liberals do mess up, I think enough people are fed up with this government that they will look to either the NDP or Green, or even possibly a united left.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper finds himself in a bit of a spot.
He stands accused by his foes of having what Bill Clinton would have called 'an inappropriate relationship' with democracy. As in, remember what Bill did to Monica? Yep, say his critics, that's what Harper is doing to Canadian democracy.
...Over the Christmas holidays, faced with a parliamentary enquiry into abuses of Afghan prisoners by Canadian soldiers, Harper asked the Canadian governor general to prorogue parliament. He told the Queen's representative that he needed time to prepare the country's economic recovery programme. Nonsense, cried critics; he wanted to cover up wrongdoing.
At CAPP we are promoting all progressive parties and all progressive movements, devoted to putting this country back on track and getting it out of the clutches of this horrible man.
So if you're wondering what you can do, here are some suggestions:
1. Check out the sidebar under What am I doing for my democracy today, and you'll find a few tips.
2. Join Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament if you haven't already. With 25,000 links to stories that will make your hair stand up on end, you'll become motivated, I promise.
3. Make a solemn promise to Steve that you will vote and encourage others to do so.
4. Join Can this onion ring get more fans than Stephen Harper. It's kind of a fun tongue in cheek Facebook group, that has drawn in a lot of young people, who didn't realize that politics could be so much fun.
5. Join Canadians Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper. Our mission statement is to push for an election sooner rather than later. We may take out a full page ad in a major newspaper, possibly the Globe and Mail, promoting WE WANT AN ELECTION NOW!!!We will take this country back one vote at a time.