A 'prorogue' state of mind

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

What's the hottest word in Canada? That's simple: prorogue (and its variations, prorogued, proroguing, prorogation, proroguemation, some of which may or may not be actual words). The word, which doesn't actually refer to someone who's very good at being bad, has gone from total obscurity to front-page news in the span of only a few days.

Google Canada's public policy expert Jacob Glick – not to be confused with Martin Short's Jiminy Glick character – has weighed in on the subject of proragation over on the company's public policy blog. According to Google's analytics, internet searches for prorogue – as well as any mentions of coalitions, including the 1926 King-Byng fiasco – have gone through the roof over the past week. Imagine that – Canadians interested in their politics!

Those numbers jibe with the traffic we've seen here on the CBC website, where the whole coalition affair has generated not only massive page views, but a record level of user comments as well.

Stephen Harper was the most searched for politician over that same time frame, although, according to Google, Canadians seem unable to correctly spell Stéphane Dion's name right (it's not Stephen), which may have hurt his stats. At least we seem to be able to differentiate between the Liberal leader and Celine Dion.