The politicians may not be back in Ottawa at the moment but the Parliamentary pundits are certainly having a field day with the proroguing.
The office talk around here ranges from the complete mockery of the Facebook page Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (one colleague suggested if anyone who joined the page was in Ottawa actually watching those "clowns" at work they would realize proroguing doesn’t do anything bad) to those who have a deep-rooted hope this might stimulate some genuine reforms of our system.
There is however one misconception about the whole process that bugs me. I know some people jus t say it for effect but I’ve heard it from enough different places I felt the need to rant a bit.
Just because Parliament isn’t sitting doesn’t mean MPs aren’t working. One thing that has always driven me a bit batty is the insistence by some segments of the population that politicians are a lazy bunch. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are lazy politicians but by and large to be elected to most offices you have to actually work your butt off and once elected you have to actually work even harder.
I am not suggesting one way or the other that proroguing is good or bad. I’m just saying that this isn’t a nine-week paid vacation and most MPs will not be spending it as such.
In a completely unrelated topic, I hope the Liberals are much smarter about this particular contest than they were about the last one. It seems to me there are better things to do with their time than these school yard-style taunts.
But I will acknowledge a certain attention-getting factor of these things. Let’s just hope the powers that be over at Liberal.ca actually pay attention to the submissions this time, lest there be someone posting a message likening Harper to a dictator or an assassin this time.