Sir John A. also asked for a prorogue (with mustard)

Posted on: December 8, 2008

A National Post writer has presented a historical fact I had not been aware of previously. In 1873, Sir John A. MacDonald, also facing a vote of non-confidence, asked the then Governor-General, Lord Dufferin, to prorogue parliament. He did so.

Here is that interesting story from a writer with the unlikely name of Barbara J. Messamore. (Doesn’t the middle initial mess the name up more?) You just know by her presenting her name with the middle initial she is a lawyer or professor.

The opinion of Barbara J. Messamore appears to be Governor-General Michaëlle Jean did the right thing by proroguing parliament. She is dead wrong, of course.


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