Open Parliament as scheduled and stop undemocratic prorogation!
  • Petitioning Stephen Harper

This petition will be delivered to:

Prime Minister
Stephen Harper
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Justin Trudeau
Leader of the NDP
Thomas Mulcair

Open Parliament as scheduled and stop undemocratic prorogation!

    1. Petition by

      Democracy Watch

In August 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed that he would be proroguing (shutting down) the House and Senate for an extra month. He is doing this to avoid questions about Senate spending and other scandals currently plaguing his government. This means Parliament will be closed for more than 1/3 of the fall session!

Whether Parliament is sitting or not, it costs $24 million per month to run.

We've already been through the 2008 and 2009 prorogations where the Harper Government shut down Parliament even though it was unfair, undemocratic, and unethical. Despite public outcry nothing has changed and yet again Parliament is being prorogued, so it is time to call for new laws to limit the abuse of prorogation.

Fight for democracy in Canada by pushing Prime Minister Harper to open Parliament on September 16th, as scheduled, and by pushing all federal politicians to pass a law limiting prorogation by:

1) only allowing the Prime Minister alone to prorogue when the legislature is already adjourned, and only for the adjournment time period.
2) requiring approval of 2/3 of MPs in the House of Commons before a prorogation can happen when the House is open.
3) limiting the length of prorogation to a maximum of 2 weeks.
4) requiring that the legislature be opened within 30 days after each election.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jan Koza LANGLEY, BC, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      At some point proragation may be necessary and under what circumstances that may be, I personnally cannot think of any, but what I would support is that the governing party should be prepared to forego their salaries and benefits during the duration of the action; at least the public would be assured of the legitimacy and necessity of their postion and we'll know it is not for personal or party political games. Our law makers should be prepared to put that into law, if they're serious about their purpose fof prorogating legislature....CBA

    • Alison Laviolette CAPREOL, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Screw Harper - he and most of the other people who run this place are ruining us.

    • Gerald Keelan WINDSOR, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Elected politicians should be working in Parliament. Only the people of Canada should have the say in prorogation...

    • Paul Wilson KALAMAZOO, MI
      • 10 months ago

      Canadian living abroad. I want to see democracy honored and cultivated, not suppressed.

    • Carol-Ann Blackburn KITCHENER, ONT., CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Stephen Harper has been the only prime minister in recent history who has taken the coward's way out and prorogued parliament rather than address the issues.


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