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At Least Our Troops Don’t Prorogue

Posted on December 31, 2009

It will be an odd winter. Normally we would be heading back to the House in January to resume Parliament’s normal activities, chaotic as they are. That opportunity is now gone, sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. But there was another sacrifice yesterday – the ultimate kind – that broke in the news at the same time as Stephen Harper’s prorogation announcement. Four Canadian soldiers were killed by an explosive device, their deaths a grim reminder that politicians and the very troops they support are meant to work hand-in-hand to oversee the world’s greater interests. Well, that’s not going to happen now. It’s not just about the special hearings on the detainee issue; it’s more about soldiers getting into their vehicles and touring…

2009 – Year of the Cul de Sac

Posted on December 30, 2009

Twice now in approximately one year, the Prime Minister has decided to prorogue Parliament. Some say it’s because he doesn’t want to take more heat in the House over Afghanistan; still others maintain he wants to get his majority in the Senate before the House sits again near the beginning of March. In these pages, we’ve attempted to defend Parliament from the numerous attacks it faces on every level from the present government. But the shutting down of Parliament is perhaps the most demeaning blow of all, since it no longer has the opportunity to fight back over abuse by governing power. Just consider what will be shut down once prorogation begins: Bill C-6 – Safety of Consumer Products Bill Bill C-8 – Family…

On Being “Doe-eyed”

Posted on December 26, 2009

So, it’s my birthday. Almost five decades of living and so many lessons learned. The picture to the right was taken on the streets of Calgary, Alberta. I’m standing with my Mom in 1959 – the day Lester Pearson came to stay in our home while visiting with my father. From an early age, I was surrounded by a good many adults who believed Canada had something special to offer the world. Since The Parallel Parliament is about politics, it would only be right to say that my greatest lesson in my brief time in politics is to hold on to my ideals of Canada – its genius and it place in this world. It’s actually not been all that difficult to maintain that…

Having God but Missing the Star

Posted on December 23, 2009

Occasionally in these pages, I have confessed my own confusion as to why MPs who say they hold similar religious beliefs effectively belittle one another in the name of politics. It’s true that Jesus stated that God and Caesar must exist side-by-side, yet he consistently put the emphasis on actions of love, respect and justice.  To say one held to a belief meant little if they actually couldn’t practice it.  All great faiths proclaim this one fundamental principle, and yet in Parliament we act as though God is merely a political party and whatever our respective leader says is good enough for us. Except that it’s not … never has been. We act in dignity and respect as public servants of faith or we…