Harper Head of State
Surprise maneuver to take total powerJan 2nd, 2011 | By Coco Cabrera | Category: Lead Article
In a move that has stunned political Ottawa, Prime Minister Steve Harper has replaced Governor General Michaelle Jean by naming himself Head of State. Harper has dissolved Parliament and is expected to crown himself Charles III, King of Canada, early next week.
By openly defying a decision made by Speaker of the House Peter Milliken, Harper has sent strong signals that he will not tolerate Parliament meddling in the governance of Canada.
Milliken ruled that Parliament has a right to see uncensored documents relating to the torture of Afghan detainees by agents working on behalf of Canada.
Constitutional scholars have been rounded up and shot.
While denunciations of the act were heard from opposition parties in Ottawa, the reaction of the general public has been more muted. “What’s the Head in State?” said one man in Toronto. “Isn’t he King already?” said a woman in Calgary. URNews poll results suggest that most Canadians are blithely unaware of the constitutional crisis and the suspension of democracy in the wake of the Montreal Canadians stunning upset of the the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The most common responses to the question, “Do you fear for Canadian democracy under a tyrannical Harper reign?” were “Go Habs Go!” at 39% and “The Leafs suck!” at 23%, “I dunno.” and “Wha?” were both 11%.