Thanks to El Présidenté for Life aka Big Daddy and his mouthbreathing attempts to turn our little parliamentary democracy into a banana republic, Canada is most definitely back on the world stage. Via that leftist, commie moonbat rag the New York Times (emphasis added):
Canada’s parliamentary opposition reacted with outrage on Thursday after Prime Minister Stephen Harper shut down the legislature until Jan. 26, seeking to forestall a no-confidence vote that he was sure to lose and, possibly, provoking a constitutional crisis.
Mr. Harper acted after getting the approval of Governor General Michaëlle Jean, who represents Queen Elizabeth II as the nation’s head of state. If his request had been rejected, he would have had to choose between stepping down or facing the no-confidence vote on Monday.
The opposition fiercely criticized the decision to suspend Parliament, accusing Mr. Harper of undermining the nation’s democracy. "We have to say to Canadians, ‘Is this the kind of government you want?’ " said Bob Rae, a member of the opposition Liberal Party. "Do we want a party in place that is so undemocratic that it will not meet the House of Commons?"
That sentiment was echoed by constitutional scholars, who lamented that the governor general might have created a mechanism that future prime ministers could use to bypass the legislature when it seemed convenient.
"This really has been a blow to parliamentary democracy in Canada," said Nelson Wiseman, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto. "It has lowered the status of the elected Parliament and raised the status of the unelected prime minister."
Did you get that, you precious retards? Even the New York Times understands that the Prime Minister is not elected, and, more importantly, that he serves at the pleasure of Parliament. Once the House loses confidence in his ability to govern effectively, he's out on his corpulent, dimpled, cowardly ass. Unless, of course, his name is Stephen Harper and he chooses to shut down Parliament in the midst of a global economic meltdown so his pudgy, grasping fingers can't be pried off the levers of power. Go democracy!!1!!1!!!!!1!1!!
P.S. Big Daddy Stephen Harper blows dead beavers – tell all your friends.