A month later than originally planned, the federal Parliament resumed sitting on Wednesday.
The throne speech was delivered late in the afternoon, and the regular session with question period was set to start up again today (Thursday).
On Tuesday, Haney resident John McKenzie was in front of MP Randy Kamp’s office on Lougheed Highway with a sign that read “Harper restore Canada’s democracy.”
He was protesting the fact that Parliament had been prorogued for a month, saying proroguing is wrong.
“It stifles the debate of elected MPs who were voted in by their constituents across Canada to represent their interests,” McKenzie said in an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “Is your government trying to hide from Canadians and the transparency that you promised them?”
But MP Randy Kamp said it’s “necessary” to prorogue parliament at the beginning of a session when the government is putting forward a throne speech that will show what the government intends to pursue throughout the rest of its mandate.
Just before the throne speech on Wednesday, Kamp told The TIMES he’s heard ministers speaking about reducing roaming charges, greater choice for television service, and better prices for broadband services – a “consumer first” agenda.
“I think you can expect what we’ll be focused on the next two years will be in line with our focus of lower taxes and a strong economy,” Kamp said.
He pointed out the last session was 834, longer than most sessions.
Kamp’s constituency assistant Mike Murray said McKenzie’s protest was the first complaint the MP’s office had received about the fact that Parliament was prorogued.
Murray said it’s “normal” for governments to prorogue parliament for short periods of time to “reboot.”
“It’s clear [Harper] prorogued it to set the agenda for the next two years.”
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