After promising a coordinated, national rally to protest proroguing Parliament, organizers have announced new details.
On Dec 30, Prime Minister Stephen Harper phoned the Governor General to request prorogation — ending the current session of Parliament — with an eye to a new throne speech on Mar 3 and a budget speech the following day.
Prorogation normally happens at the end of a government’s legislative agenda, when it’s ready to take stock and come up with a new agenda — hence a new throne speech. But this is the third time that Harper has called for a prorogation in the middle of a legislative agenda.
In Toronto, the rally is scheduled for Sat, Jan 23 at 1pm at Dundas Square (on the southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas). Stay in the loop at noprorogue.ca and Xtra.ca.
With files from Dale Smith.