Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Monday (August 19) that he intends to prorogue parliament.
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Politics Today – August 25, 2013


On this edition of Politics Today RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda talks about the decision of Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prorogue parliament and keep it shut down until at least October.

He also looks at some of the impact of prorogation, including concern about getting electoral reform legislation through the House of Commons by early 2014, so it can be implemented for the 2015 federal election.

He also has an update on the strike by Canadian diplomats, including some reaction from Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

As well he mentions an altercation between the Ottawa correspondent of China’s largest newspaper the People’s Daily and Canada’s federal police the RCMP at an event held by Prime Minister Harper in Canada’s north.

And he closes with a story about the unveiling of a statue this past Thursday honouring Canadian social democratic politician Jack Layton on the second anniversary of his death.

More information:
RCI – Divided opinions on prorogation of Canada’s parliament (audio) – here
RCI – Canadian electoral reform threatened by prorogation, says official opposition critic (audio) – here
RCI – Strike by Canadian diplomats spreads worldwide (updated August 21) – here
RCI – Federal police restrain Chinese reporter after tussle at Canadian PM’s event – here
RCI – Canadian politician Jack Layton honoured with statue in Toronto (audio) – here

Other links:
RCI – Canadian diplomacy must adapt says former diplomat Daryl Copeland (audio) – here

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