Barbara Yaffe: Canadians are getting the democracy they deserve

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By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun, 24 October 2012 

Because most of us take our democracy for granted, Canadian politicians have begun playing fast and loose with some pretty key parliamentary traditions.

No fewer than three premiers, B.C.’s Christy Clark among them, have shuttered their legislatures this fall, all to serve their partisan interests — in actions reminiscent of Stephen Harper’s 2008 and 2009 prorogations of Parliament.

And for the second time this year, Harper’s government disgracefully has introduced an unwieldy omnibus budget bill. It is more than 440 pages in length and features far more than budgetary provisions. (...)

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