Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#QPQ

If you're unaware, Thomas Mulcair and the Official Opposition Canada's New Democrats™ are a tad upset over Harper's decision to prorogue Parliament until October, even though its an actual legitimate use of that power this time. In order to shake things up, and show Harper a good what-for, the NDP decided to take their missing out on Question Period very seriously.

Thus #QPQ was born, and the result is hilariously one-sided conversations.


Just like the real Question Period, no one from the Conservative side answered with an honest, thought out, non-fallacy-filled statement - in fact, aside from James Moore defending against Chris Charlton taking the piss out of the lack of a response, no Conservative answered with anything. The best the NDP managed was David Akin trying to match up Hansard quotes to various questions, often hilariously.

I will admit its a cute idea, but its fairly obvious that no one aside from the Twitterati already attuned to this kind of stuff cares - also amusingly similar to the real QP. The lack of major retweets is a sign of how little people are really paying attention. I've seen @lawblob get better response on some of his far less amusing tweets.

Plus, just think about the whole concept of #QPQ for a second. All the NDP are doing is taking an already pathetic excuse for a parliamentary question and answer session, and distilling it down to 140 characters or less. Worse, this QP has the advantage of being so useless that neither the governing party nor the third parties, who together represent well over 50% of the population, are participating, making this "exercise in democracy" about as democratic as a Politburo. The NDP is essentially talking to itself, its core Twitterati supporters, and bemused journalists. Good job guys.

But hey, at least it brought Charlie Angus back to Twitter.

2 comments:

  1. as a matter of principle how is shutting down the centre of democracy legitimate

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    1. Prorogation is a perfectly legitimate tool for the government that has been used by all levels of government under every party since the beginning of the country, and probably even earlier. It allows the government to retool and revamp without worrying about day-to-day legislation, or Opposition shenanigans. They're very common practices during times of transition in government leadership, or in the lead up to a Speech from the Throne. It isn't as if the MPs responsibilities all disappear and the country becomes a one-party state without constitutional limits or legitimate representative government - Parliament, which I may point out doesn't exactly work all 356 days in a year to begin with, is just not in session.

      Now, if you want to quibble over the reasons why prorogation was called, then feel free. Harper's 2008/2009 prorogation in order to avoid falling to a confidence vote was blatantly political, and while not necessarily against the letter of the law regarding prorogation, was certainly against the spirit. This fall's prorogation I find to be puzzling, considering that you'd think Harper's government would have sorted out everything over the summer break. Apparently not.

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