Posted by Tim Stobbs on January 22, 2010
Alright, up until now I generally stay away from discussing politics on this blog (despite being an elected official for my second job). Other than the odd post on the latest budget commentary or complaint on the government not passing some kind of greenhouse gas regulations. Today’s post is going to different, so if you feel uncomfortable stop reading and regular posting will be back Monday. I just had to get this off my chest.
I’m currently very upset with the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue parliament on Dec 30, 2009. Why? Well in summary it’s all about the numbers.
I get that Stephen Harper is a control freak and it’s just his personality. I’m ok with that, but I do have a problem with him shutting down parliament just to avoid talking about the issues of the day for two months. Hello, Steve, recall who is paying all those MP salaries? It’s us. I don’t get a two month break from my day job when things get rough, so why can you do it? I understand that the government will still being doing some work while being prorogued, but I pay you do more than that. I understand you want to watch our hockey teams wins gold at the Olympics but do you need to avoid Question Period or any committee work to do that? Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t government pass laws like the 3o or so bills you sent to the trash can when you prorogued parliament.
Then when a group gets formed on Facebook in opposition to the move, Minister Tony Clement referrers to it as a bunch of elites and not significant. Could someone please explain to me how a group of 209,000+ members organizing rally’s across Canada is not significant? After all I’m fairly certain that the 225,000 people that lost their jobs from Oct 2008 until Oct 2009 are significant in most people’s mind. Does that last 16,000 really boost it so much?
Or is the government hiding from Mr. Page’s report which shows that the government is a dream world about not raising taxes or cutting programs to avoid a structure deficit of $19 billion or so by 2013/2014? Hello, Steve, it’s as basic as it gets. You are spending more than you earn. You either raise what you earn (taxes) or cut spending to solve the problem. I know lots of blogs you can read to help you learn the concept in case you forgot.
So despite the fact I’ve never been to a rally in my life I’m attending one on this Saturday to show my displeasure with the decision to prorogue parliament. I’m standing up to prove I’m more than a SIN number or just a vote to my government. I’m your boss and it’s time to get back to work.