It appears that Canadians are not happy with Stephen Harper's decision
to prorogue the federal Parliament. Two separate polls released today
show that support for the Conservatives has fallen since the Prime
Minister's announcement that he would put everything on hold until
But as we suggested on yesterday's program, perhaps Canadians are
looking at prorogation the wrong way. Just think how nice it would be if
you could prorogue something in your own life. So we asked Talkback.
And Talkback responded. At length, and in droves. We received dozens of
responses -- and it wasn't long before we saw a few common themes
Proroguing taxes...you might want to think twice about that.
And when it comes to things you'd be happy to do with out, it seems
that many of you have failed to get caught up in a certain "fever" that
is supposed to be sweeping the nation right about now.
Perhaps "Higher, Faster, Stronger, Shorter", might be a more apt motto
for future Olympics - or at least for the build-up to the games.
We also received some responses from our younger listeners, whose wishes were quite charming -- if a bit predictable.
These are just some of the many calls we received. And, sadly, there
were also a few of you who said you wanted to prorogue the CBC. But as
you are listening to our program, we'd like to think that you didn't
We also received many emails with your ideas. And while several of the
emails we received echoed the sentiments of our callers, there were one
or two different suggestions.
Zeke Livingston, in Victoria B.C., sent us the following email:
"As a long suffering fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, I suggest we
prorogue this team for the remainder of this season. Just as Stephen
Harper doesn't like how Parliament is functioning, I just don't like how
the Leafs are functioning! So let's prorogue them! Or maybe dissolution
is the answer in both cases."
That was from Zeke Livingston in Victoria B.C.
And from Calgary, we received this wish from Janet Sinclair:
"If I could prorogue any event in my future, it would be the birth of
my fourth child -- at least until science discovers a stress-free method
of giving birth."
Prorogation has inspired Rick in Guelph, Ontario to ponder a possible book deal for our Prime Minister. He writes:
"I hear that Stephen Harper needed the time off to work on an
autobiography. The rumour is that he has a ghost writer from Alaska
helping him. The working title is 'Going Pro-Rogue'."
That's from Rick, in Guelph, Ontario.
And finally, our dalliance with prorogation hasn't alienated everyone.
In fact, one of our American listeners thinks prorogation sounds pretty
good. Chris Metz, in Ephrata, Washington sent us the following email:
"Can the prorogue maneuver be used south of the border? The U.S.
Congress seriously needs to be prorogued long enough for President Obama
to highlight their minuscule work schedule, lack of attentiveness to
the citizenry, and predilection for simply blocking solutions instead of
offering a compelling or competing solution. When the break is over,
the Congress would have had to endure days or weeks of media and public
feasting on their soiled reputations. And all this would start with a
tip from our progressive neighbours...the proroguing Canadians!"
That email is from Chris Metz, in Ephrata, Washington.
Well, we here at As It Happens hope that the one thing you won't
prorogue is your feedback. If you'd like to comment on anything you hear
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