Thursday, 14 January 2010

Response from Jack Layton, NDP leader, regarding the prorogation of parliament

I sent Jack Layton an email a few days ago regarding Harper's prorogation of parliament.
I just received this reply from the NDP leader:

Thank you for your previous message about Stephen Harper`s decision to
close down Parliament. New Democrats also share the outrage and
disappointment that you and many other Canadians have expressed about
this suspension of Parliament.

I have called on Prime Minister Harper to re-convene Parliament on
January 25. If he agrees, our Party will accept the re-instatement of
all pending legislation before prorogation - a common practice used in
past Parliaments. That said, we would continue to vote for or against
these Bills, based on whether they are good for Canada and Canadians.

I have also been clear that the work of the NDP caucus will not stop as
a result of Mr. Harper`s decision. We are going ahead with our January
18 winter strategy meeting and New Democrat MPs will be:

- participating in the January 23 protest rallies organized by citizens
across Canada
- returning to Ottawa on January 25 to hold our regular Caucus meeting
- working on parliamentary reform proposals including measures to ensure
that prorogation cannot be misused again
- holding the government's feet to the fire on the economy, climate
change, the war in Afghanistan, retirement security, and consumer

Parliament has vital work to do. Canadians can't prorogue their credit
card bills, their pension shortfalls, their unemployment, or their
worries about the future. We think MPs should be working on these issues
and representing the priorities of their constituents and communities in
the annual pre-budget work.

Again, I appreciate your desire to stand up for democracy. Feel free to
pass along my message to anyone who may be interested. All the best.


Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada's New Democrats


Chrystal Ocean said...

And what do you think of that response?

Thor said...

It's a great response.
They are against the move to prorogue parliament.
They want to get parliament working again. In the meantime they are going to take part in the protests and continue their parliamentary work.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure it's such a great idea for NDP MP's to attend the rallies.
There will be no Cons or Liberals attending, it will look like they are capitalizing on a grass roots initiative. They'll be chewed up by the media and the Cons.

ck said...

Damn, I got the same response in my email box today from Layton's email.

Thor said...

I think for responsible MPs to NOT attend will show they aren't serious about governing. I want my MP to be at the rally to show that she is against the prorogation and that she wants parliament back up and running. I think any Conservative MP out there who disagrees with Harper should attend the rallies.