Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The NDP Will Join the Liberals and Go Back to Work on January 25

The NDP have just announced that they will be joining the Liberals and going back to work on January 25. This is a very important message.

Our local rally in Kingston will include the NDP, Liberals and Green Party.

I came up with an idea for a theme. I will be wearing a poppy and my sign will be something like "the fight for democracy did not end on those battlefields. Lest we forget. Be sure to vote in honour of them."

Still working on it, but I'm going to paint a poppy in the corner of the sign. I mentioned that to a friend and he posted it on the CAPP board.

I like the motion that Parliament must decide when to prorogue. Not a ruthless dicatator.

Parliament must vote to prorogue: NDP
By Monte Paulsen
January 20, 2010

The New Democratic Party has vowed to introduce new rules for prorogation when Parliament returns.

"The government should only prorogue Parliament on a vote in the House of Commons. This will inform the Governor General of the will of the majority, so that prorogation happens when it is needed – not simply when the Prime Minister feels like it," NDP leader Jack Layton said in a release.

The proposals came out of an three-day NDP caucus retreat in Wakefield, Quebec. "Stephen Harper won the election with the promise of a new day in Ottawa... But that new day never dawned. Instead we have more secrets, more arrogance and more disdain for the elected House of the people of Canada," Layton said.

"There's a new politics; a grassroots politics driven by Canadians. Ordinary Canadians coming together to organize town halls and rallies; joining social networking groups, making their voices heard in new media," the NDP leader added. "But the new politics needs new rules to make Parliament stronger."

Layton has said the NDP will support the more than 50 local anti-prorogation rallies scheduled to take place this weekend, and will return his caucus to Ottawa on January 25 as previously scheduled.

Anti-prorogation events are planned for Duncan, Kamloops, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, Penticton, Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria and Whitehorse, among other cities.

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