Since hearing the sad news today that Her Excellency Governor General Michaëlle Jean has accepted the request of the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prorogue the 40th Canadian Parliament, I have reflected on my post of yesterday declaiming exactly this undemocratic maneuvre of requesting the prorogation of Parliament for the, to my eyes at least, fairly venal purpose of saving the Prime Minister’s job and dodging his accountability for the government’s fiscally irresponsible actions (Canada had already been running a deficit earlier this year, and then when the economic crisis hit full force, the PM announced that he was prepared to do so even more vigourously in an attempt to stimulate the economy… let’s see, the economy was already tanking whilst running a deficit, so we’ll keep trying that until it works. Riiiiight! You know what they say about insanity: it’s when you do the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.)
Yes, I am recanting (OK, maybe not so much… read on) my position — rather than see purely the negative in the PM’s self-serving actions, why not learn and profit from them? Why not, indeed?
So, to that end lets take a positive look at his actions and see how we can all apply the same sort of logic (erm, well, if you can call it that…) to the lives of ordinary, everyday Canadians like you and me.
And having thought about how the PM’s actions can serve as a lesson to us all, it came to me in a flash of inspiration: The Non-Coalition of Canadians For The Prorogation Of Damn Near Everything (or TNCOCFTPODNE — really rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?)
So just what does the TNCOCFTPODNE think we should all do in a show of solidarity with the poor, beleaguered PM? Here’s the FAQ:
Afraid of losing your job due to a layoff, downsizing, rightsizing, off-shoring or just plain old greedy profit taking? Request the GG to prorogue job losses!
Mortgage payments are too high? Request the GG to prorogue your mortgage!
Can’t afford your car loan? Request the GG to prorogue that too!
Credit card companies are hounding you? Easy — get the GG to prorogue those pesky statements!
I have started a Facebook group for TNCOCFTPODNE, which is open to one and all. Join now and start enjoying the freedom from stress that the prorogation of damn near everything will bring you!