December 4, 2008

Pt 1: A Prorogation Request - Last night many Canadians heard Stephen Harper speaking on national television. This morning, he will meet with the Governor General to ask her to prorogue Parliament shutting down all business in the House of Commons. If the Governor General agrees to do that, Prime Minister Harper and his minority government will avoid a non-confidence vote scheduled for Monday and live to fight another day. If not, the vote will go ahead and his government will likely go down to defeat.

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Pt 2: Opposition Panel - Continued - In our second half, we came back Marlene Jennings and Libby Davies, both of whom were on our opposition panel for the show.

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Pt 3: Revisting Jonestown - The word Jonestown has come to symbolize the ultimate horror of a cult lost in madness. It was thirty years ago now that cult leader Jim Jones led his followers into a jungle clearing in Guyana where 900 of them died.

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***Note: After we aired in the Atlantic, The Current was replaced by a CBC news special hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti.


Satire

It's Thursday, December 4th.

In a televised address last night, Stephen Harper accused the opposition of trying to take power "without your say, without your consent and without your vote."

Currently, Harper will meet the Govenor General this morning... speculation is he will ask her to suspend parliament, "without your say, without your consent, and without your vote."

This is The Current.


Part 1: A Prorogation Request

Conservative Reaction

Last night many Canadians heard Stephen Harper speaking on national television. This morning, he will meet with the Governor General to ask her to prorogue Parliament shutting down all business in the House of Commons. If the Governor General agrees to do that, Prime Minister Harper and his minority government will avoid a non-confidence vote scheduled for Monday and live to fight another day. If not, the vote will go ahead and his government will likely go down to defeat.

For the Government's view, Anna Maria was joined by Environment Minister Jim Prentice. He was in Ottawa.

Opposition Panel

So clearly, there was a lot riding on the Prime Minister's meeting with the Governor General. And of course the opposition parties have their own ideas about what the Governor General should do. They want her to let Parliament keep sitting at least until Monday when they can defeat the Government and see if she'll give them a shot at governing with a coalition.For our show we were joined by two members of that proposed coalition.

Liberal Marlene Jennings is the Deputy House leader for the offical opposition. And Libby Davies is the House leader and deputy leader of the NDP. They were in our Ottawa studio.


Listen to Part One: 

 

Opposition Panel - Continued

In our second half, we came back Marlene Jennings and Libby Davies, both of whom were on our opposition panel for the show.

Music Bridge

Artist: Doug Cox and Salil Bhatt
CD: Slide to Freedom
Cut: CD8 "Meeting by the Liver"
Label: Northern Blues
Spine #: NBM0039


Letters

It's Thursday and that's mail day here at The Current. And this week, we welcome back Jim Brown. He'll be our Friday host for the next few weeks. Jim regularly hosts The Calgary Eyeopener -- CBC Radio's morning show in Calgary. And he joined Anna Maria with a look at the mail.


Music Bridge

Artist: Metric
Cut: CD 4 "Too Little Too Late"
CD: "Live it Out"
Label: Last Gang Records
Spine#: Q2-00908


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Revisting Jonestown

The word Jonestown has come to symbolize the ultimate horror of a cult lost in madness. It was thirty years ago now that cult leader Jim Jones led his followers into a jungle clearing in Guyana where 900 of them died. Most drank poisoned Kool Aid. The ones who didn't were shot to death. Jonestown's grizzly end actually began on a nearby landing strip where five people -- including three journalists and a California Congressman named Leo Ryan -- were shot-to-death as they prepared to board a plane. Tim Reiterman was there that day. He was shot, but survived. At the time, he was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and it was his reporting that showed there was something going very wrong with the People's Temple.

Stephan Jones

The events at Jonestown continue to fascinate and horrify people, even 30 years later. The armed ambush at the landing strip, the drum of cyanide-laced Kool Aid. and those dramatic photographs of hundreds of dead bodies scattered around the compound, bloating in the hot sun.

But those events have had an especially strong hold over Stephan Jones. He is the son of Jim Jones and he was in Guyana at the time of the mass suicides and killings. He was in San Francisco for the show.


Last Word

The constitutional crisis gripping Parliament Hill may seem unprecedented. But the Prime Minister of a minority government addressing Canadians directly on television? Been there, done that. It was former Prime Minister Paul Martin who begged Canadians back in 2005 to give pause and let Justice Gomery complete his inquiry into the sponsorship scandal before deciding his government's fate. We left you with some of his ultimately unsuccessful plea.

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