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2010-01-23

Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament Flows from Facebook onto the Streets

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The facebook group Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament Facebook Group begun by University of Alberta student Chris White now has over 200,000 members and is still growing. Today this online protest took to the streets with an estimated sixty rallies across Canada and even Canadian expatriate communities around the world. The largest rally was in Ottawa where both Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP leader Jack Layton addressed a crowd of about 7,500 people on the need to protect Canadian democracy. What began with what the Prime Minister referred to as a 'routine parliamentary procedure' has created the largest movement driven by social networking technology in Canadian history to date.

Although a non-partisan movement that includes at least some disgruntled Conservatives, the Opposition has clearly capitalized on the unpopularity of the decision to prorogue parliament with both the NDP and the Liberals promising a bill that would curb the Prime Minister's power to prorogue. With the Conservative Party dropping in the polls since the anti-prorogation protests began, the Opposition has gone on the offensive against the Prime Minister. NDP MP Thomas Mulcair mocked the Prime Minister as "King Stephen the First, and King Stephen the last" and Liberal MP Bob Rae mocked Harper's Beatles piano concert with his own lyrics to a Beatles song:


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No Prorogue!

Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament Facebook Group

Thousands turn out at rallies to protest proroguing of Parliament

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