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Cowardly Harper may seek Prorogation and leadership rumblings in the Conservative Party PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 01:39

2008 december 3


Cowardly Harper may seek Prorogation and leadership rumblings in the Conservative Party

PEJ News - Joan Russow - When the Governor General was interviewed on December 2, she stated.“"The role of the Governor General is to ensure that our governance is on the right path” . The "right path" would be, when the government loses the confidence of the House, the Opposition parties must have the option of forming a government. In 2005 even Harper concurred with the importance of being willing to face the House: "The whole principle of our democracy is the government is supposed to be able to face the House of Commons any day on a vote," Throughout the 2006 Parliament, when there was not a confidence vote, the three opposition parties, with over 60% support of the electorate, often voted together; but the Harper government always rejected the majority vote and declared it was non-binding. In the 2008 parliament, the new Coalition of opposition parties continues to reflect the will of over 60% of the Electorate and it must have the chance to govern. And above all, the new Coalition should have the right to put the non-confidence motion on the floor of the house on December 8. If the Conservatives call for prorogation of Parliament, and if the Governor General concurs, they would be contributing to political instability, and would fail to ensure that “… governance is on the right path”; there must be a government in place that represents the majority of the electorate, and that is prepared to address the serious issues that face Canada and the global community today. The Coalition of Liberal Party, and the NDP with the support of the Bloc can fulfill that role., Or will Harper dangle cabinet posts or Senate appointments to entice opposition members to cross the floor. Or if he fails, and resigns or is asked to resign, will the evangelical base/Reform be mobilized to find a replacement.

The granting of prorogation to evade a confidence motion would set a dangerous precedent..

UPDATE: An unconscionable decision: Governor General granted Prorogation of Parliament and set a dangerous precedent that will allow Prime Ministers to evade a confidence motion placed, by the majority of members of parliament, on the floor of the house .



The Canadian Press reports, "The Liberal-NDP coalition should get a chance to govern if the Conservatives are defeated in the House of Commons, former governor general Ed Schreyer said Wednesday...He said the coalition, which is poised to defeat Stephen Harper and his Conservatives on Monday, would then have a legitimate claim to power."

Ed Schreyer was the Governor-General of Canada between 1979 and 1984.

When the Governor General, Michaelle Jean returns, Harper, to evade a confidence vote on December 8, is probably going to ask the Governor General for the prorogation of Parliament. If Parliament is prorogued, it will probably not resume until late in January. There would also be the possibility that Parliament might not even resume for a year. During that time the Harper government could continue to act internationally on behalf of Canada without any opposition. During his minority government Canada has become an international Pariah because of a range of decisions from his failing to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, his undermining of negotiations on climate change, to his failing to recognize majority votes on issues, with international consequences,  such as the protection of war resisters. In the above issues, the three opposition parties voted together.

Undoubtedly, many of the members of the Conservative Party will be questioning Harper’s judgment in failing to acknowledge he was leading not a majority but a minority government, and the Conservatives may be looking for another leader.

In an interview on CBC today, in response to a question about the status of Harper’s leadership, the reporter indicated that Stockwell Day and his evangelical supporters are being mobilized. They were mobilized during the recent Conservative AGM and succeeded in passing a vote restricting women’s reproductive rights. In Canada, citizens do not vote directly for the Prime Minister but for individual members, and the Political Party with the most votes becomes the government-a minority or a majority. After the election if the Prime Minister either of a minority or a majority government is asked to step down or resigns, it is the responsibility of the Party to chose a new leader. Stockwell Day the former leader of the Canadian Alliance which had the full support of evangelicals is apparently vying to potentially replace Harper.

2008 december 2nd
Canada is undermining resolve at (COP 14) Climate Change Conference in Posnan, Poland
PEJ News Joan Russow -  Global Compliance Research Project - The Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is meeting now in Poland until December 12. The Conservative government of Canada represents less that 40% of the electorate. Yesterday, December 1, the three opposition parties representing over 60% of the electorate formed a Coalition government in waiting. On Monday, December 8, the new Coalition will table a non-confidence motion in the Conservative government, and ask the Governor General to call upon the Coalition to form the government. The newly formed Coalition representing more than 60% of the electorate should be negotiating for Canada at the Climate Change Conference in Poland. The Liberal, NDP and Bloc parties all have voted in the 2006 Parliament, to seriously address the issue of climate change, and to abide by the Framework Convention on climate change, and the Kyoto Protocol. The Conservative government ignored the majority vote at that time. The Conservative government with many of its members from the fossil fuel capital of Canada must not be allowed to undermine the climate change conference in Poland. The European Union has established 1990 as the baseline for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The leaders also agreed to have 20 percent of renewables in EU's energy mix and to increase energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020.

UPDATE: DECEMBER 4 (Enclosed letter to Coalition Government-in-waiting}.

Four Fossil Awards for Canada at UN Climate Conference (see enclosed ),



The European Commission, the executive body of the EU, proposed a package of measures in January 2008 to implement a decision of EU leaders last year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in 2020 on 1990 levels.

In the 2006 Canadian Parliament, the Liberals, the NDP, and the Bloc, representing over 60% of the electorate, all agreed that the issue of climate change was urgent, and that the Harper government was undermining the resolve of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the obligations in the Framework Convention on Climate Change and in its Kyoto Protocol. The three Opposition Parties passed a motion related to the need to implement the Kyoto Protocol. The Conservative minority government declared the motion non-binding. The Conservative government, with the support of the fossil fuel industry, has generally been in denial about climate change. When Baird was Environment Minister of Canada, the Conservative government was advocating using the baseline of 2006. When Baird was asked at a press conference about the reason for most states advocating reductions of greenhouse gas emission using 1990 as a baseline, he was unaware of the reason.

In the 1992 Framework Convention, which was ratified by most states, including the United States and Canada, all governments undertook to use 1990 as a baseline.

Also in the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the signatories of the Convention were bound to invoke the precautionary principle, which affirmed that governments should take precautionary measures to anticipate, prevent, or minimize the causes of climate change and mitigate its adverse effects. "Where there is the threat of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent the threat."
However for years, the fossil fuel industry in Canada lobbied strongly against seriously addressing the issue of climate change

In a Conference call with the Environment Ambassador in Poland, he stated that the baseline would be somewhere between 1990 and 2006, and then added that it is no longer relevant because of the new commitment of reduction by 2050. He then referred to some agreement by the G8 countries. It appears, however, that the European Union has been firm on requesting that 1990 remain the base line. on December 4, at the press conference he mentioned that Canada was definitely using the base line of 2006.

UPDATE : December 4, 2008 letter sent to the Coalition Government-in-waiting;

To the Coalition government-in-waiting

The Coalition government-in waiting must try to act to stop the negotiations by the Canadian Environment Ambassador, Michael Martin, who is currently at the (Conference of the Parties) COP 14 on Climate Change Convention, in Poland. He is taking the postion that 2006 should be the baseline for determining greenhouse gas reduction. The EU by contrast is advocating 20% reduction from 1990 levels by the year 2020 and is proposing 20% reliance on renewables by 2020. Next week the Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, will be in Poland essentially undermining the stronger position of the EU.

Your Coalition government in waiting must communicate a different message to the COP.Previously, in a non-binding motion in Parliament your three parties agreed to seriously address the issue of climate change, and to abide by the kyoto Protocol of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). and with the binding obligations under the UNFCCC.

There is a daily briefing that I am participating in at 11;30 and I was in the middle of making my point about the three opposition parties possibly forming government and asking him if he has revealed the state of indecision in Canada


Some attempt at intervening in Poland could mark an important international step by the Coalition government in Waiting. This intervention has a precedent. In September 2007, your three parties did communicate to the United Nations that the majority of members of Parliament opposed the Conservative government's failure to adopt the Declaration of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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