British Columbia

Perogy protesters put bite on prorogation

Protesters against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's prorogation of Parliament will chew over the issue at a march in Vancouver on Saturday — by eating perogies.

Protesters against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's prorogation of Parliament will chew over the issue at a march in Vancouver on Saturday — by eating perogies.

The rally, called Perogies, not Proroguing, was organized by Bob Hamilton, a longtime Conservative supporter from Delta, B.C., south of Vancouver, who became involved after joining an online group for people concerned about the prorogation of Parliament.

"Parliament is being shut down again — second time in two years — and really not for the normal purposes that you use prorogue for. There is a time and a place for prorogue. Running away from accountability is just not that time. This is just simply wrong," Hamilton told CBC Radio on Friday morning.

Hamilton said after joining the online group, he found himself promoted to organizing and speaking at the rally. He expects several hundred protesters will march from the Vancouver Art Gallery to Victory Square, where they'll be given perogies as a gastronomic gesture of protest.

He said he expects to find the experience more satisfying than simply yelling at his computer and television about his concerns.

Similar rallies have been organized around the country, said Hamilton.

Harper suspended Parliament for two months on Dec. 30. His spokesman said the prorogation would allow the government to consult with the public as it worked on its economic plan.

However, critics saw the move as a ploy to gain a majority on Senate committees while also avoiding criticism over the Afghan detainee controversy.

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