Originally posted on National Post | Full Comment:
When Dalton McGuinty announced last night at around 6:30 p.m. that he had asked the Lieutenant-Governor to prorogue the provincial legislature, the instant reaction was: guess he’s not quitting.
Prorogation is a big deal, big enough to have warranted the surprise evening caucus meeting, big enough to have merited calling the media in to the government caucus room to witness the premier’s remarks.
Then he went and quit anyway. Coupled with the cleverly timed leaks from Liberal insiders that speculated about a possible McGuinty run for the federal party leadership, it was enough to distract most of the attention from the prorogation itself.
Shutting down the legislature, which is what the move does, is worrisome in its own right for what it says about the importance of our elected representation. If the thing can just be shuttered and the government left to chug along in the hands of the bureaucracy…
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