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article imageLiberal Party of Canada will show up for work Jan. 25

By Stephanie Dearing     Jan 6, 2010 in Politics
The Liberal Party of Canada has decided it will show up for work in Ottawa on January 25, and they will stay to keep working on issues important to Canadians.
Ottawa, Ontario - Just after Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Canadians only cared about the economy, the Liberal Party said that it was important to get back to work in Ottawa on January 25th. Liberal Bob Rae told press "He can't shut down the issues. He can't stop people from asking questions about the Afghan detainee issue. He can't stop people from asking questions about the budget. He can't stop people from talking about politics. It's our job as the Official Opposition to respond to that hunger for a real political conversation." The turn-around will bolster the Facebook group, Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (CAPP), whose membership grew from 22,000 people Tuesday morning to 60,000 people Wednesday morning. CAPP has been asking its members to ask elected federal representatives to return to work on January 25th despite the suspension of parliament.
The Liberal Party will not be alone when it returns to work on 'the hill.' Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, will be releasing three reports to the Canadian public on how the federal government is dealing with three particular issues: the deficit, Employment Insurance and one report on government revenues. Since being appointed by Harper in 2008, Page has had his knuckles rapped for 'overstepping his legislative boundaries' by releasing his reports to the public right away in the past. Page told the Globe & Mail that his office has no rules to govern prorogation, so Page made up his own policy, and will continue to work according to his mandate.
Individual members of the NDP have slammed Harper for suspending parliament, but as yet, there is no official statement from the NDP about returning to parliament on January 25. There has also been no word from the Bloc Quebecois.
CAPP members are organizing rallies across Canada for January 23, providing other Canadians with an opportunity to join in and tell the government to "Get back to work!" The Green Party is helping to promote the rallies through its website.
Canada's opposition parties have maintained that Harper shut down parliament to evade discussion about whether or not Canada knew it's Afghan detainees were being released to be tortured by Afghan jailers. There is a possibility that if the abuse of detainees is proven, Canada might face charges. However, during his interview with Mansbridge, Harper said Canadians did not care about the issue. Harper also maintained that the break will allow the government to re-prioritize its agenda and that suspending parliament is just a normal procedure.
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