Monday, January 25, 2010

The reviews are in

The Star-Phoenix editorial board:
Pundits and political observers have been almost savage in ripping the prime minister apart for this decision. They point to the bills that died on the order paper involving such issues as tougher crime legislation that the Conservatives had claimed were crucial to implement, the committee work that came to an abrupt end, and of the taxpayers dollars going to waste.

These are voices you expect to hear on such occasions. But it is the chorus of average Canadians who are raising the roof this time that makes the proroguing issue different. There is something about it that has touched off a firestorm of emotion and has challenged the notion that average Canadians, and especially young Canadians, do not care about politics.

The outrage is encouraging.

While it is frustrating to watch Mr. Harper remain unmoved when the people of his country are so clearly unhappy with one of his decisions, it is good to see people are doing what they can to fight back. And if protests and Facebook groups are not on the PM's radar, his recent dismal polling numbers definitely should be.

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