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Hundreds in Winnipeg protest proroguing of Parliament

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This article was published 23/1/2010 (2767 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

WINNIPEG —  More than 300 people turned out in Winnipeg Saturday to protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s second prorogation of Parliament in a year.

At one point, the crowd broke into song, changing the lyrics of For He’s the Jolly Good Fellow, to: "It’s time to get rid of Harper, which nobody can deny."

Protesters attend an anti-prorogation protest at the University of Winnipeg. The protesters marched from the university to the Manitoba legislature Saturday afternoon.

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Protesters attend an anti-prorogation protest at the University of Winnipeg. The protesters marched from the university to the Manitoba legislature Saturday afternoon.

"People are mad," said Chris Burnett, who, though he has no previous history of political activism, found himself thrust to the front of the protest movement in Winnipeg. Burnett merely responded to a Facebook protest when one of the national organizers asked him to lead the Winnipeg protest.

The crowd listened to speeches outside University of Winnipeg Saturday afternoon, then marched to the Legislative Buildings and back.

More than 60 rallies took place across Canada against Harper’s prorogation. Over 300 MPs were supposed to return to the House of Commons on Jan. 25. But Harper prorogued Parliament, delaying their return until March, so his government could better focus on the Canadian economy, he said.

 

 

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