Stop Legislature Shutdowns

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 (see list below) 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 sign the petition here or here, and join the Facebook group. All together we can make a difference!

The current shut down (prorogation) of the provincial legislature by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, past prorogations of Parliament by Prime Minister Harper and Prime Minister Chretien and some premiers, and the recent shutting down of provincial legislatures by B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale, 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 signing the petition here or here 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)


If you fill in your information and click SEND to send the letter on the right-hand side of this page, your letter is sent to the following key politicians across Canada that have the most power to make decisions about this issue:

  • the Prime Minister and the leaders of the federal opposition parties;
  • the Premiers of every province and territory, and the leaders of provincial and territorial opposition parties;
  • key federal Cabinet ministers (Democratic Reform Minister and Treasury Board Minister) and related opposition party critics;
  • members of key federal House of Commons committees (Access, Privacy and Ethics Committee, Procedure and House Affairs Committee, and Government Operations Committee);
  • members of key federal Senate committees (Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and Rules, Procedures and Rights of Parliament Committee).