There is a growing movement in Canada protesting against the proroguing of Parliament by the current Prime Minister. The Atlantica Party supports this non-partisan movement.
Prorogation hobbles the ability of the people's representatives to oversee and restrain government. However prorogation itself is not the problem, it is a symptom of a fatal flaw in our federal and provincial styles of governance, government's control of the legislature. Should the legislature control itself (including when it sits) or be controlled by the government it is supposed to oversee? In order to preserve our democracy we need strong independent legislatures. "How can you oversee something when that something controls you?", asks Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party, "A simple policy regarding prorogation is not enough, we need a formal separation of government and legislature specified in a written constitution."
We urge our membership and supporters and all those people concerned about our democracy to attend the anti-prorogation rally closest to you. Please also consider volunteering. There are currently events planned in Antigonish, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, St. John's, Sydney, Truro, and Lunenburg.
Date: January 23ed
Location: check with your local chapter
(In Halifax Province House 1726 Hollis Street on the Granville side)
All details are available at the main website http://noprorogue.ca/
This facebook page has links to all events and all facebook groups associated with the movement.
"When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is frankly when it's rapidly losing its moral authority to govern." - Stephen Harper, Canadian Press, April 18, 2005
"Democracy is not something that you believe in, or something that you hang your hat on. It's something that you do, you participate. Without participation, democracy crumbles and fails. If you participate, you win, and the future is yours." - Abbie Hoffman
So participate and win!