Monday, December 8, 2008

NDP leader, Jack Layton's Response to Harper's closing of parliament

Here is the YouTube video of NDP Leader, Jack Layton's response to the unprecedented action of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in suspending or "proroguing" the Canadian parliament to avoid a non-confidence vote from the Liberal - NDP - Bloc coalition. Harper requested the Governor General suspend parliament and she agreed (the Governor General acts on advice from the Prime Minister, although she had the right to refuse and entertain requests from the opposition to form a majority coalition).

As Jack said, "Prime Minister Harper cares more about his job than the jobs of ordinary Canadians...". Harper will likely still face a non-confidence vote when parliament resumes in January, and by that time the Liberals may have a new party leader to replace the outgoing Stephane Dion.

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