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Parliamentary Crisis (in the 17th century)

I've been riveted to my computer and radio for the morning while grading and doing other chores, waiting for the meeting between the Governor General and Stephen Harper (erstwhile PM?) to conclude. I worked hard on the Green Party's local campaign in the last general election, and it won't surprise anyone I know that I do not want another election right now, and I support the coalition. It's fascinating too, whatever you believe and whatever your opinions (and everyone has lots) on what's happening.

Prorogation is never used in the circumstances in which SH is asking for it to be used in parliamentary democracies. There's one historical prorogation that is resonating for me with the present situation: in 1628 Charles I prorogued Parliament after giving royal assent to the Petition of Right, which confirmed that taxes could only be raised by Parliament, that martial law could not be imposed in time of peace, and the rights of habeus corpus. Charles agreed to the Petition with no intention of abiding by it, and he did not call parliament for another 11 years; this set of events laid the carpet on the ground for the Civil Wars of 1642 to 1649.

I have to go and chair a phd exam at the University this afternoon. Who knows what momentous news I will miss! But the occasion will be momentous in its own way, at least for the proud candidate.

Update -- they are reporting that a proroguation has been granted. Frankly I think this is illegitimate: prorogation is not intended to save minority Prime Ministers from non-confidence votes. But we are in uncharted waters, as they say. A curious metaphor, now that (as far as I know) we have few uncharted real waters. There be monsters there, no doubt.