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Death of C-15

By admin | January 15, 2010

The Harper government asked for a prorogue of parliament on January 30th. THis means that C15 has fallen and will need to be reintroduced. C-15 has been defeated but democracy in Canada has taken a hit, too.

A big thnx to everyone who helped fight C-15.

However there is no doubt that another similar law will be proposed by the Conservatives when they get back to work. The next time the Senate will be dominated by the Conservatives and we will not be able to use some of the tactics that delayed C-15 long enough to get killed.

What is Prorogation?

Prorogation of a Parliament, a prerogative act of the Crown taken on the advice of the Prime Minister,[108] results in the termination of a session. It is possible to prorogue a session of Parliament by proclamation when the House is sitting[109] or during an adjournment.[110] Both the House of Commons and the Senate then stand prorogued until the opening of the next session. Parliament meets for a new session in the normal manner on the date set in the proclamation. Parliament is prorogued either by the Governor General (or Deputy of the Governor General) in the Senate Chamber, or by proclamation published in the Canada Gazette.[111] When Parliament stands prorogued to a certain day, a subsequent proclamation (or proclamations) may be issued to advance or defer the date.[112]
Effects of Prorogation

Prorogation of a session brings to an end all proceedings before Parliament. With certain exceptions, unfinished business “dies” on the Order Paper and must be started anew in a subsequent session.

Bills which have not received Royal Assent before prorogation are “entirely terminated” and, in order to be proceeded with in the new session, must be reintroduced as if they had never existed.[113] On occasion, however, bills have been reinstated at the start of a new session at the same stage they had reached at the end of the previous session. This has been accomplished either with the unanimous consent of the House[114] or through the adoption of a motion to that effect, after notice and debate.[115] The House has also adopted provisional amendments to the Standing Orders to carry over legislation to the next session, following a prorogation.[116]

Harper’s Press Release:

” From: Alerte-Info-Alert <>
To: Alerte-Info-Alert <>
Sent: Wed Dec 30 13:25:11 2009
Subject: New Throne Speech / Nouveau discours du Trأ´ne

“Today, the Prime Minister announced that the next phase of our Economic Action Plan will be launched, following the Olympic Games, with a Throne Speech on March 3 and a Budget on March 4.

The call for a new Throne Speech to launch the 3rd Session of the current Parliament is routine. The average Parliament comprises three or four sessions (and three or four Throne Speeches); some Parliaments have heard as many as six or seven Throne Speeches.

This is the 105th time in Canada’s history that a new Throne Speech will launch a new session of an existing Parliament.

The economy remains Canadians’ top priority and our top priority. The three economic themes of the new session will be: (1) completing implementation of the Economic Action Plan, (2) returning the federal budget to balance once the economy has recovered and (3) building the economy of the future.

Ms Hoeppner’s bill to repeal the long-gun registry will be unaffected by the launch of a new session. We will reintroduce in their original form the consumer safety law (Bill C-6) and the anti-drug-crime law (Bill C-15) that the Ignatieff Liberals gutted.

We will seek Opposition agreement to proceed expeditiously with other Government legislation — particularly laws urgently needed to fight crime — that the Ignatieff Liberals have blocked and obstructed.”

Thanks Harper……

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