Stop Legislature Shutdowns

Join with Rick Mercer (See video below) and with Canadians nationwide to express your concern about the unjustified shutdown of legislatures, and let key politicians across Canada know that you want strict rules on when legislatures have to be open, and when they can be closed, to stop this abuse of power by the Prime Minister and provincial premiers!

Send your letter to key politicians on this page and join the Facebook group.  All together we can make a difference!

Download and print the “Senate Scandal is the tip of the iceberg” sign by clicking here and put it up everywhere

The shut down by Prime Minister Stephen Harper until October of this year, past prorogations by Prime Minister Harper and Prime Minister Chretien and some premiers, and the recent shutdowns of provincial legislatures by B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale, and former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty make it clear that new rules are needed across Canada to ensure fairness and democratic accountability in the opening and shutting down of legislatures.

In the past decade alone, Prime Ministers Chretien and Harper, and provincial premiers in Alberta, B.C., Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and others, have either kept Parliament or the legislature closed, or shut it down, to help themselves or their political party escape democratic accountability.

In most countries in the world, including the parliamentary democracies of Britain, Australia and New Zealand, the constitution or written constitutional conventions or laws govern when the legislature opens and closes, not the whims of the ruling party leader.  A survey of 2,030 Canadians commissioned by Your Canada, Your Constitution last May showed that two-thirds want such clear, written rules established in Canada, enforced by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Please help call for important changes to make the opening and closing of legislatures more democratic!

In the past decade alone, Prime Ministers Chretien and Harper, and provincial premiers in Alberta, B.C., Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and others, have either kept Parliament or the legislature closed, or shut it down, to help themselves or their political party escape democratic accountability.  Please help stop this abuse of power by sending your letter now on this page and by joining the Facebook group.

Rick Mercer on Prime Minister Harper’s prorogation of Parliament in 2009 (all his points apply to the premiers who have shut down provincial legislatures)