Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thousands at pro-coalition rally in Ottawa

From xtra.ca

The country was mostly watching the door of Government House. The heavy, wooden doors opened, then closed, then opened again and Stephen Harper immerged.

On his advice, Governor General Michaƫlle Jean prorogued Parliament until Jan 26, 2009. That means Harper and the Conservatives will not face a confidence vote next week which would have surely toppled Parliament and replaced it with a Liberal-NDP coalition.

Minutes after Harper stepped away from the microphone, Parliament Hill erupted with the shouts of thousands of pro-coalition supporters.

PROTEST PROTOCOL. An upbeat crowd shouted traditional chants. Hey hey, ho ho, Stephen Harper's got to go.
(Marcus McCann)
The demonstration was planned earlier in the week — the first of two dozen pro-Liberal-NDP coalition rallies being held in the next three days.

The timing of the Ottawa rally gave opposition leaders a chance to address throngs of supporters about the latest development, news that had just started circulating among supporters, many of them on their lunch breaks from downtown office jobs.

Stephane Dion spoke first.

"For the first time in Canadian History," he says, "the Prime Minister of Canada is running away from the Parliament of Canada."

NDP leader Jack Layton echoed the sentiment.

"Stephen Harper just put the locks on the House of Commons so that we can't vote him out of office," says Layton. "I call on all of you not to give up for one second."

TEMP JOB. Stephane Dion addresses the crowd on Parliament Hill Dec 4. He insisted that Harper's grip on the Prime Ministership was failing.
(Marcus McCann)
The event was hosted by former Rabble editor Judy Rebick. Rebick says that the Conservative government has to be held accountable for its economic update, a document many have criticized for being overly partisan.

"What we've seen in the lasy few days is the return of the reform party, their anti-feminist policies, the anti-worker policies, the vicious anti-Quebec policies," she says.

Jean's decision ends days of speculation about the immediate future of the government.

Turnout at Ottawa protests are often tepid compared to the outpourings at sister rallies in Toronto, Vancouver, and smaller Canadian cities like Hamilton and Halifax. But with more than 2,000 supporters turning out for the daytime rally, every indication is that subsequent demonstrations will be even bigger.

For a list of demonstrations over the next three days, go to makeparliamentwork.ca.

SUPPORT. Representatives from the public sector unions, dressed in orange vests, handed out chocolates and signs declaring their support for a coalition government.
(Marcus McCann)
FIGHTING FORM. Layton gave a fiery speech where he told the crowd Harper had put a padlock on Parliament.
(Marcus McCann)


4 comments:

Brent said...

You can check out video of the rally here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F6nltT9TEA

Eric said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F6nltT9TEA it is!

Vancouver realtor said...

Is he just playing for time? Whom is he going to convince? I don't want the fifth election in eight years, but it seems inevitable. I don't believe this coalition would be able to survive for long. Now they are united against Harper, but in few months, their unity will be gone...
And we can have peaceful Christmas at least, with no parliament struggling :))
Take care
Jay

Stephen Nesbitt said...

If Your Prime Minister

If your prime minister lied
Backwards and forwards,
Would you support him?
Would that be a good example
For the young people in our lives?

If your prime minister accepted
Eavesdropping and taping of a private
Telephone conversation - its release
To the nation,
Would you support him?
Would that be a good example
For the young people in our lives?

If your prime minister instigated
Deceitful, vicious, demeaning, personal
Verbal attacks when confronted,
Would you support him?
Would that be a good example
For the young people in our lives?

If your prime minister broke
The very law he enacted,
Would you support him?
Would that be a good example
For the young people in our lives?

If your prime minister fanned
The flames of dissention and division,
Would you support him?
Would that be a good example
For the young people in our lives?

If your prime minister hid
Behind the skirts of the governor general
When called to task by his peers,
Clung to her skirts until she gave
Him the key to lock up your democracy,
Would you support him?
Would that be a good example
For the young people in our lives?

Stephen Nesbitt ©

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