This video is called Canada in Crisis!
By Keith Jones:
Canada’s constitutional coup: A warning to the working class
5 December 2008
In a flagrant attack on parliamentary norms and democratic rights, Canada’s minority Conservative government, in conjunction with the unelected governor-general, has shut down the country’s national parliament in order to prevent the opposition parties from ousting the government in a non-confidence vote scheduled for Monday.
Never before in Canada or, for that matter, any other country that follows the British parliamentary pattern, has a government prorogued parliament for the purpose of avoiding a non-confidence vote.
Two further facts underline the arbitrary and undemocratic character of Governor-General Michaëlle Jean’s decision to grant Prime Minster Stephen Harper his request that parliament be suspended until January 26:
* In an election less than eight weeks ago, Canadians once again denied the Conservatives a parliamentary majority, giving the three opposition parties 163 of the 308 House of Commons seats and well over half their votes.
* To demonstrate that the Conservatives had lost parliament’s “confidence,” and in accordance with long-established constitutional practice, the three opposition parties had officially informed the governor-general earlier this week that they were committed to defeating the government at the earliest opportunity and supporting an opposition coalition government for at least 18 months.
From the Globe and Mail in Canada:
Ottawa still not co-operating in detainee inquiry
Commission chairman cites ‘serious challenges’ regarding access to witnesses and the provision of documents
December 5, 2008
OTTAWA — The Harper government continues to resist making documents and witnesses available despite its promise to co-operate with an independent inquiry investigating whether senior Canadian military officers ordered the transfer of battlefield prisoners to Afghan custody knowing they would likely be tortured.
Canada’s “constitutional coup” and the corporate media: here.
Thousands gather for ‘No Prorogue’ rallies: here.
The Myth that Canada is a Global Force for Peace: here.