From Today's Daily Gleaner:
Ignatieff is now pledging, if he becomes prime minister, to never prorogue Parliament.
But that isn't how I remember it:
Ignatieff is not absolutely ruling out the prime ministerial power to prorogue Parliament, but he says the public outcry from Canadians shows Harper has not set a good precedent for future use of the authority.
Definitely not an unconditional pledge; perhaps even a bit weaselly. But you shouldn't catch heck for promises you didn't make.
More than once, he has said he'd never prorogue to avoid a confidence motion or an issue like the Afghanistan inquiry.
Under normal circumstances,(end of a session with legislative work completed),it is perfectly normal to prorogue and restart parliament with new agenda.
It's depressing how little Canadians, including the MSM, know about their own parliamentary system.
I think Ignatieff is really missing an opportunity here. This is a perfect moment for the Liberal leader to propose new reforms on parliament that would limit some of the power of the executive branch of government. I believe that such a move on Ignatieff's part could make the entire incident of prorogation into a real political game-changer. However, as we have come to expect the Liberal leader doesn't seem to want to be a leader, just a gentle grumbler in the background.
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