Remember when Harper couldn’t handle the majority of elected representatives, representing a majority of Canadian voters, using the legal rules of parliamentary democracy to remove him the position to which he was elected by under 25% of the Canadian public?

Here’s an opinion piece from the National Post about how much his hatred for the democratic institutions of this country cost its citizens.

OTTAWA - Democracy Watch has launched a national letter-writing and petition drive on Change.org, and a Facebook group, all calling for politicians across Canada to pass effective laws to stop the unjustified shutdown (prorogation) of legislatures, and ensure legislatures are opened after elections and for a reasonable time period each year.

"The current shutdown of the Ontario legislature by Premier McGuinty, past prorogations by Prime Minister Harper and Prime Minister Chretien and some premiers, and the recent shutdowns of provincial legislatures by B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale make it clear that new rules are needed across Canada to ensure fairness and democratic accountability in the opening and shutting down of legislatures," said Tyler Sommers, Coordinator of Democracy Watch[…]

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Brant New Democrat candidate Marc Laferriere is in Ottawa for a two-day round of meetings with MPs who are bucking Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s proroguing of Parliament.

Laferriere was to meet Thursday and Friday with several MPs about issues of concern to Brant. One meeting was to be with New Democrat MP Paul Dewar who represents Ottawa-Centre, regarding the recognition of foreign credentials and strategies to support military families in Brant.

"These are important issues locally that are related to Mr. Dewar’s role as the NDP foreign affairs critic," said Laferriere.

"We have highly trained, highly skilled immigrants who are unable to work in this community in fields like medicine, engineering and many others. At the same time, we have military families that are woefully under supported financially and socially in this riding. We must support both our troops fighting valiantly and their families here at home. We want to see that happen locally and federally."

Laferriere criticized Brant Conservative MP Phil McColeman for supporting prorogation, which opposition parties charge Harper did to suppress a Parliamentary inquiry into the Canadian role in the handling of Afghan detainees.

The Laferriere campaign has developed an anti-prorogation blog called, “The Week That Could Have Been.” He writes about issues that he would raise in the House of Commons.

Last week, the topic centred on the 14 crime bills inspired by the Tories and supported by most opposition parties, which were halted by prorogation.

This week the topic is the environment.

"The prime minister and his MPs have tried to pull a fast one here," said Laferriere.

"Instead of suppressing interest in the poor decisions they have been making, the opposite has been happening. In this riding, people are becoming more engaged in the issues of the day be it the HST, employment, Afghan detainees, the environment, holes in our stimulus spending, crime and even the nature of Canadian democracy. It’s inspiring."

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Others in Brant weren’t so sure the budget was worth the prime minister proroguing Parliament for more than two months.

“Recalibration is a myth,” Brant NDP candidate Marc Laferriere said. “When you prorogue for months saying it’s to ‘recalibrate,’ you need to come back with bold new ideas and they didn’t do that.”

Laferriere thinks the budget could have gone further to deal with unemployment.

“Better job creation initiatives,” Laferriere said. “They should have also increased EI more than what was discussed.”

Brant NDP candidate Marc Laferriere is on a two-day trip to Ottawa

NDP candidate Marc Laferriere is taking Brant’s issues to Ottawa.

The trip was prompted by the Conservative government’s prorogation of Parliament and Laferriere’s view that crucial time has been wasted.

"It’s been a reminder of what could have been happening the last six weeks," he said.

Laferriere left for Ottawa Thursday to meet with various MPs for two days and discuss local issues such as recognition of foreign credentials and strategies to support military families in Brant, he said.

"When we’re out on doorsteps and we’re talking with people in the community, these are the issues that are coming up," Laferriere told Brant News Friday.

"We have highly-trained, highly-skilled immigrants who are unable to work in this community in fields like medicine, engineering and many others," Laferriere said. "At the same time, we have military families who are woefully under supported financially and socially in this riding."

Laferriere met with MP Paul Dewar (Ottawa-Centre) to discuss foreign credentials and improving support for military families.

Laferriere said the social isolation being faced by military families has been ignored, and he wants to change that.

"We must support both our troops fighting valiantly and their families here at home," he said. "We want to see that happen locally and federally."

Throughout the suspension of Parliament, Laferriere has been keeping a blog titled “the week that could have been.”

Each week he writes about an issue that he believes would have been raised in the House of Commons. Topics have included jobs, stimulus spending, crime and the environment.

The candidate will round out his trip with an updated blog entry describing what he was up to in Ottawa.

Brant New Democrat candidate Marc Laferriere was in Ottawa for a two-day round of meetings with MPs who were bucking Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s proroguing of Parliament.

Laferriere was to meet Thursday and Friday with several MPs about issues of concern to Brant. One meeting was to be with New Democrat MP Paul Dewar who represents Ottawa-Centre, regarding the recognition of foreign credentials and strategies to support military families in Brant.

"These are important issues locally that are related to Mr. Dewar’s role as the NDP foreign affairs critic," said Laferriere.

"We have highly trained, highly skilled immigrants who are unable to work in this community in fields like medicine, engineering and many others. At the same time, we have military families that are woefully under supported financially and socially in this riding. We must support both our troops fighting valiantly and their families here at home. We want to see that happen locally and federally."

Laferriere criticized Brant Conservative MP Phil McColeman for supporting prorogation, which opposition parties charge Harper did to suppress a Parliamentary inquiry into the Canadian role in the handling of Afghan detainees.

The Laferriere campaign has developed an anti-prorogation blog called, “The Week That Could Have Been.” He writes about issues that he would raise in the House of Commons.

Last week, the topic centred on the 14 crime bills inspired by the Tories and supported by most opposition parties, which were halted by prorogation.

This week the topic is the environment.

"The prime minister and his MPs have tried to pull a fast one here," said Laferriere.

"Instead of suppressing interest in the poor decisions they have been making, the opposite has been happening. In this riding, people are becoming more engaged in the issues of the day be it the HST, employment, Afghan detainees, the environment, holes in our stimulus spending, crime and even the nature of Canadian democracy. It’s inspiring."

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