Remember the joke about how to get a bunch of Canadians out of a swimming pool? (A: Say “Hey, all you Canadians, get out of the swimming pool.”) Seems Dalton McGuinty’s the one laughing now, given his latest excuse for proroguing the Ontario legislature. Read more…
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The advocacy group Democracy Watch is calling on Canadians to get behind a new grassroots federal political movement which it has dubbed the Coffee Party. It’s name, I assume, brings inevitable comparisons to the Tea Party movement in the United States though, knowing Democracy Watch’s general policy objectives over the year, the Coffee Party may be focused less on the fiscal issues that drive the Tea Party and more on some of the transparency and accountability issues that tend to be the focus of Democracy Watch.
UPDATE: Reader writes to say that there actually is a U.S. Coffee Party already
Indeed, the Coffee Party web site makes that explicit:
Unlike the Tea Party movement in the U.S., the Canadian Coffee Party movement is pushing only for well-researched and broadly supported changes that will make Canadian governments and big businesses operate more honestly, ethically, openly, representatively, efficiently and effectively.
In any event, here is the release/call-to-arms from Democracy Watch:
Canadian Coffee Party movement launching tomorrow morning across Canada
OTTAWA – Today, Democracy Watch announced the launch of the Coffee Party movement for good government and corporate responsibility in Canada — tomorrow morning, Friday, January 28, 2011.
All Canadians, and media, are invited to attend the launch which is being held in coffee shops across Canada on Friday morning.
Democracy Watch suggests that media go to any coffee shop in the country tomorrow morning and ask people there whether they support changes to make Canadian governments and businesses serve them better in every way, to see just how much support the CoffeeParty.ca movement has.
With Parliament opening again next Monday, and a federal election likely soon, and with provincial elections scheduled this fall in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan, the window of opportunity is open for many Canadians to elect governments committed to making themselves, and big businesses, more accountable and responsible.
Details at: http://www.CoffeeParty.ca
One of the perhaps unintended consequences of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament is that backbench Conservative MPs are a lot harder to control when they are spread out in ridings across the country.
The result is that Conservative MPs have been merrily tweeting away about what they are working on (to demonstrate how hard they are working) and granting local media interviews – some of them more helpful to the opposition than to the PMO.
Not surprisingly, opposition parties have been quick to pounce on a couple of them like Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber in the Jan. 6 edition of the St. Albert Gazette
Or Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan in Kelowna.com
At this rate, maybe the opposition shouldn’t be complaining about prorogation after all.