Monthly Archives: January 2010

Parliamentary Committees I: The (mostly) civilized polar opposite of Question Period

Up front, I have to note that I worked as a committee staff member (specifically, I was an economist with the Parliamentary Research Branch of the Library of Parliament) from 1999 to 2005. In other words, I have no direct … Continue reading

Posted in dull but earnest post; Parliamentary committees

The prorogation protests: What’s next?

Nice to see so many Canadians out on the streets in the depths of January to protest prorogation. With any luck, this strong turnout will finally put to rest the idea that Facebook-based protests are inconsequential “slacktivism.” Facebook is a … Continue reading

Posted in Proroguing Parliament; Parliamentary committees; Facebook activism

Facebook Activism, Redux

The blogosphere and pundits are all atwitter over the Facebook group, Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament, trying to figure out what it means that over 80,000 people have signed up to this group in only a few days (it had only … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook activism, Proroguing Parliament; Canadian Copyright

The suspension of Parliament: What’s at stake, and an announcement

It’s been heartening to see the beginnings of some grassroots opposition to Stephen Harper’s decision to suspend Parliament rather than face tough questions about Afghan detainees from the opposition. Hopefully, the 185,000-plus people signed up for the Facebook page Canadians … Continue reading

Posted in Proroguing Parliament; Parliamentary committees; dull but earnest posts