A Student's View on Prorogation

Sunday, January 10, 2010

  • We haven't been able to agree on a lot of the particulars of your Stephen Harper's performance yet. We mostly just bicker amongs

    We haven't been able to agree on a lot of the particulars of your Stephen Harper's performance yet. We mostly just bicker amongs

Written by John Muller

In my life, I have not put much stock in the concept that one person can make a difference in the world. To me, that was always a silly little maxim that you repeat to yourself to keep from going crazy under the weight of it all. Sort of an existential "better to have loved and lost..." type thing. Something you mutter to yourself when you're feeling particularly inconsequential. You feel not unlike a very small flea, on a very big dog, unable to really make a difference in the grand scheme.

But now, with our technology, we are super fleas. Powerful, unpredictable, dangerous and above all, influential. People who in the past took weeks to communicate their opinions now do it in seconds, across the globe. The internet has allowed humans all over the world to react, organize and mobilize in record time. A giant swarm of bees descending on all those who anger it.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Prime Minister of Canada has angered the bees.

We Canadians are a strange bunch, we squabble over politics like it was covered in melted cheese curd and gravy and served piping hot to you after a hard day of skiing and drinking. Disliking whoever is in charge is our national hobby. We love to paint our political opponents as caricatures of themselves in order to rally each other to our side of the argument.

And while we may never agree on specifics about environmental policy or taxation. There is one thing that every Canadian whether they be a conservative, liberal, new democrat, green party member, or anything else. The *one* thing we should all be able to agree on, regardless of Provence, party, platform, or piss-poor-pseudo-philosophy, is that while we reserve our right to complain about parliament, we still want to HAVE a parliament.

Stephen Harper shouldn't just be able to close up shop when he doesn't feel like defending himself, or proving himself to our elected MPs. It is simply not right for him to shut down our centre of government. We don't get to shut down our jobs for a month if we cant stand some of our co-workers.

And thats what it is, Stephen, its your job. Canadians interviewed, considered and hired you. Some of them, at least...let's say about a third. Just because the other two thirds couldn't decide who they wanted to hire more, you got the job. You are an employee of Canada Incorporated.

And We are your board of directors.

We haven't been able to agree on a lot of the particulars of your job performance yet. We mostly just bicker amongst ourselves and let you run the shop. But this time, you have done your job so *profoundly* poorly, that even We are sitting up and taking notice.

Over the past couple of weeks, the "Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament" Facebook group has gone from a few hundred, to over one-hundred and twenty thousand members. Liberals, Conservatives, Greens, New Democrats, and everyone else, united briefly by the overwhelming urge to strongly "Tut!" the recent actions of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

So, if you feel, like I do now, that over a hundred thousand fleas biting in unison could move a fairly large dog indeed, think about coming out to one of the nationwide rallies opposing prorogation on January 23rd. Information about the day can be found on this facebook event page.


I think that together, we can tell our employees to get off their butts, stop screwing around, and earn their wages for a change.

The opinions posted on thecannon.ca reflect those of their author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Central Student Association and the Guelph Campus Co-op. We encourage all students to submit opinion pieces, including ones that run contrary to the opinion piece in question

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