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Canadian leader suspends Parliament to stay in power

(CNN) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that Canada's governor general has allowed him to suspend Parliament, postponing a no-confidence vote from his opponents that he was likely to lose.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Parliament will resume on January 26.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Parliament will resume on January 26.

Harper called on his opponents to work with his government on measures to aid the nation's economy when Parliament returns on January 26.

"The first order of business will be the presentation of a federal budget," Harper told reporters outside the governor general's residence in Ottawa, Canada.

"Those who were elected here to serve the interest of Canada as a whole should work together -- at least to some degree -- on planning an economic plan for Canada."

Had Governor General Michaelle Jean -- who represents Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as head of state -- denied Harper's request, Monday's vote would have likely brought down Harper's government, less than two months after his Conservative Party strengthened its minority position in federal elections.

The Liberal Party and the leftist New Democratic Party announced plans earlier this week to form a governing coalition with the support of the Bloc Quebecois, which supports independence for French-speaking Quebec.

Liberal Party Leader Stephane Dion, the man who would fill Harper's role under the planned coalition, said the coalition would look to replace Harper unless he makes "monumental change."
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"For the first time in the history of Canada, the prime minister of Canada is running away from the parliament of Canada," said Dion, accusing the premier of placing "partisan politics ahead of the interest of all Canadians."

New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton said Harper had used a "maneuver to escape accountability."

"He refuses to face the people of Canada through their elected representatives," he said. "The prime minister is choosing to protect his own job rather than focusing on the jobs of Canadians who are being thrown out of work today."

The news comes one day after Harper appealed directly to Canadians for support, vowing in a nationally televised address on the economy to halt his opponents, whom he accused of imposing their own agenda on the Canadian people.

"Unfortunately, even before the government has brought forward its budget, and only seven weeks after a general election, the opposition wants to overturn the results of that election," said the prime minister, whose Conservative Party strengthened its minority position in federal elections on October 14. iReport.com: Outrage brewing in Canada

Harper rejected the idea of a "power-sharing coalition with a separatist party," referring to the Bloc Quebecois, and insisted the country must stand together.

"At a time of global economic instability, Canada's government must stand unequivocally for keeping the country together. At a time like this, a coalition with the separatists cannot help Canada," he said Wednesday.

"The opposition is attempting to impose this deal without your say, without your consent, and without your vote. This is no time for backroom deals with the separatists; it is the time for Canada's government to focus on the economy and specifically on measures for the upcoming budget. This is a pivotal moment in our history," he said.


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  • LOL @ all the Canucks who have been shit talking the US around here...

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  • that's why we should be a republic...our nation's fate in the hands of some frickin' "queen's representative"....stupid!

    I always thought the Governor General of Canada was some sort of joke/ "appoint a patsy CBC butt kisser" of sorts...Never with any sort of "real" power! I would of half expected Peter Zofsky (RIP) or frickin' Adrian Clarkson. Adrian Clarkson? All she ever did was cut into my Fraggle Rock time and suddenly she's Governor General for 10 years More..

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    • YOU ARE FUKING COMPLAINING!??!?!?!
      WE ARE THE SECOND COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT HAS IT GOOD RIGHT NOW!!

      GO TO DETROID RIGHT NOW AND SEE HOW IT IS. IT"S LIKE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY!!!

      And so fuking what we still stand with the British. Like the Queen can do anything anymore. We treat them like foreigners, and they treat us like citizens. JUST GO TO THE UK. The Governor General is there to prevent imbecile like Dion from fucking this country up. (create political instability, that really fuc More..

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    • Detroit,3rd world? wow, usually there is a revolution when your country turn into a 3 ring circus like Canada right now...and you guys said Bush was bad...

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  • I'm truly amazed this can happen. Who in the hell wrote the Canuck Constitution. Can't you guys riot or something, or is it getting too cold up there?

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  • Oh Caaa-nadaaa
    Your Par-lia-ment's shut dooown
    Whaaat wiiill you dooo?
    your P M is a Clown.

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    • it is not about the prime minister,it is about the governor general,to quote:
      "canada's governor general 'has allowed' him to suspend parliament"-etc.
      the governor general does not need to 'allow' anything.
      this one is under some sort of pressure.from an underling.the governor general is the queens representative.the prime minister answers to the G.G.
      and the people.supposedly.if that happened here the people would riot.i wonder when the canadian people had their last referendum-on wha More..

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  • what a joke...i feel sorry for our canadian cousins, shame they're treated like peasants the way they are.

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  • So much for that bogus B.S Liberal dribble you're trying to sell to the Canadian people, heh you damn Libertard dumbass.

    Nice try!! GO HARPER GO

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    Stuff it Liberals , try to break my country up you'll pay in the next election!! LMAO!!!




    "Harper has crushing poll lead on crisis"


    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Harper has mounted a crushing polling lead as the result of a political crisis in which an opposition coalition sought to take power More..

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  • WTF???? Canada still answers to English rule???
    (Had Governor General Michaelle Jean -- who represents Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as head of state -- )

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  • The canucks allowed this? LOL!!!!

    And they laugh at us...

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  • Another prick in the illusion of democracy. Way to join us stuck in this hell.

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  • HEHEHE. Maybe this will stop some of the BS by Canadians who have nothing better to do then bash the US.
    I could not even imagine what would happen in this country if that kind of politics took place. WTF....

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    • We have guns.I know what would happen.
      I hope ya'll get this straightened out up there,honestly.I wasnt aware all of your troops were in afganastan,damn.

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    • We don't have it that bad that normal people would start rioting.
      In some countries their leaders would have the opposition leaders assassinated or thrown in a prison camp or under house arrest. That kind of crap doesn't happen in Canada.
      Everything that was done was legal. It is only temporary. He will have to face them at the end of January.

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  • If the Auditor General of Canada would audit M. Harper, I'm sure he would find skid marks in his undies :)

    Maybe he'll wait to be the majority before wanting to cut funding to opposition parties now !



    Meanwhile, canadians get screwed and we are wasting more time and money than the original stupid partisan 30M$ cut he originally planned to do.

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  • ready the troops

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  • The Global Nazi Socialist movement is on the march.

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  • fitting picture

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  • What I find interesting is the role of the Queen's representative, the GG, giving permission to do this. The next time we hear "Aww, but the Royal family REALLY has no power at all, they're just a tourist attraction" we can point at this example of how this absurd institution, a "royal family", continues to have weight even in the 21st Century.

    BTW, Canucks, how's it feel having the Queen of England showing political muscle in your domestic affairs?

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    • I wouldn't qualify it that way.

      But it definitely sucks on many levels... Mrs Jean is a good lady with a big heart, but the her job along with the institution she represent needs to be dumped at sea in hope it will drift back to England.

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    • In my opinion, she had no choice but to do what our Prime Minister asked her to do. It is a formality. Many academics were predicting it.

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    • No offense, I don't want to be the US equivalent of some of the kiddie-pissants from up north who spend their day pontificating about the domestic politics of the big brother to the south. All references to the anti-democratic nature of the PM being able to simply suspend the government to avoid losing a no confidence vote, aside, the mechanics of HOW that%u2019s done are fascinating.

      It's just that this event makes it clear that the claims from our UK friends (and some commonwealth members) More..

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    • We inherited of the British system and all that came along with it. So yeah, she unfortunately has a role. Constitutional duties to make sure the government is stable and the parliament functioning.

      Federalists have more respect for her than I ever will. It's archaic, we are not a colony anymore, and all that concern the royal family should have been dumped ages ago.

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    • Thanks for your reasoned response. After this episode, are you interested in seeing the entire system changed? If so, what would you do?

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  • Our PM is a clown. That's why he doesn't have a majority. He is done like dinner when the House of Commons returns...

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  • Who the hell is in charge up there?

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  • That is so funny.......it just made every remark I have ever read from a Canadian moot, it also explains their high violent crime rate, and firearms policy's.....

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    • High violent crime rate ? You must have been reading your own stats.
      In our biggest city, Toronto, a young lady was shot dead on boxing day in 2005 on a public street. They still talk about her in the media. She just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
      This kind of thing is routine in your major cities.

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    • You've confused violent crime with gun crime, they're not one in the same.

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  • I hope that Harper gets his majority. I believe that the political left in this country are going to pay a heavy price for trying to force themselves on the electorate. Cutting funding to the parties would hurt the conservatives the most, and would almost surely be a death blow to the Bloc.

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  • ahahaha....when Parliment resumes Mr. 38% will be tossed from power.....LEARN our politics first

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    What part of this post didn't you read you dumass?
    or is a socialist liberal able to do so?

    Yes you wait for the next election dummy! LMAO!
    Canadians will send you and your three stooges down the lane of shame.

    here I'll repost it so it'll sink in your "brainwashed by University proffessors" Liberal Socialist minds

    ...................................... More..

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    • and when the Cons are tossed from power in Jan.???? then what? an election?.....don't think so...our constitution says that if the Opposition parties form a coalition the GG has to give them a kick at the can.....elections would be moot...enough "educashun" fer ya?

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  • foreskinned faced puppet needs to be sent into exile in isreal

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  • Long live the Bloc Quebecois.....Quebec lets get the hell out of this right-wing cultureless cuntry....
    Vive le quebec Libre!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Here's an example of the CFR strategies in action. Just like "Common Purpose" in the UK. I've seen Harper talk at CFR conferences, its a cordination point implementation of subvertion strategy.

    The CFR is a charity "free service" for various governments around the world. The total three stooge activity in Canadian Parliament is a symtom of implementation of their strategies.

    You might think that's pretty tin foil hat stuff, but its only my opinion
    so don't worry explai More..

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  • Wow all we need now are a couple death threats and we'll sound like the americans at election time .

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