In other words his team always wins the political points needed to win the next general elections. As for the Governor General, a very distinguished looking figurehead indeed, yet part of time procedural rules just the same. By giving his consent to close down the House of Commons, he provides the PM a carte blanche to do it again the next time around. Permit me to insert a few thoughts at this stage, on the process of governing in a functional democracy. Parliament shouldnt be reduced to being just a tool, used to further the political career of one man, nor increase his executive (by means of usurpation) powers, at the expense of the legisativure. It should be a legislative body where democratic representation can be heard and where the government is held accountable for its decisions. And finally parliament is where issues vital to the national and the publics interest can be openly debated and then voted on. It is not personal plaything to be used for partisan purposes. As a result of the delayed sitting of parliament, the conservative government which has been mired until now in scandal, is effectively off the hook for at least a month. Meanwhile, the governments spin doctors can plot and concoct strategy or devise new tactics to discredit and divide the already semi-emasculated opposition parties ( The NDP, Liberals and Bloc Quebecois ) in the house. By this I mean or put forth the following assertion: the official opposition exists (if at all) in name only. The current leader of the New Democratic Party Thomas Mulcair makes vapid at times incoherent pronouncements. He says the prime minister is afraid(2) to answer questions elated to recent scandals related to slush funds, dodgy payments and inappropriate or not profligate spending in the Senate.

CANADA STOCKS-TSX ekes out gain on Potash Corp jump; drops on week

The doubles match opposed former partners Zimonjic and Nestor who won Wimbledon twice (2008 and 2009) and the 2010 French Open. Zimonjic and Bozoljac, stars of Serbia’s quarter-final win against the United States when they stunned Bob and Mike Bryan by winning the fifth set of their encounter 15-13, failed to repeat the success against the Canadians. After Serbia had taken the first set on a tiebreak, Nestor’s brilliant performance and Zimonjic’s poor serving allowed the Canadian pair to level. Boosted by some 8,000 funs at Belgrade Arena, Serbia capitalised on a break of Nestor’s serve and kept the advantage for the third set. After Canada levelled the rubber on a fourth-set tiebreak, the epic final set turned on a break of the Zimonjic serve in the 17th game. “Today was one of those matches where it was hard to have a loser. We need one more match, hopefully we can get it,” said Nestor. The finalists will be known Sunday, when world number one Novak Djokovic faces Montenegro-born Milos Raonic, the world number 11, before 23rd-ranked Janko Tipsarevic plays against Vasek Pospisil, the world number 41. Serbia were in a similar position in their 2010 semi-final against the Czech Republic, but managed to win both singles on the final day. They eventually went on to win a maiden title. “The guys did their best. We have to win the match in singles on the third day,” Serbian coach Bogdan Obradovic said.

Parks Canada and Royal Ontario Museum Formalize Partnership as they Launch World’s Largest BioBlitz

“Nowhere do we have a greater opportunity to share our nation’s greatest natural and cultural treasures with Canadians – including new Canadians, urban Canadians, and young Canadians -in the Greater Toronto Area,” added Minister Aglukkaq. “The 2013 BioBlitz is the perfect example of what can be done when partners join forces and hundreds of citizens dedicate precious time to their community and their country.” “Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the most significant environmental projects ever undertaken in Ontario,” said Tracy MacCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East. “The Ontario government has protected this important part of the Greenbelt for many years and the BioBlitz helps educate local residents about biodiversity and conservation.” The future Rouge National Urban Park will be created, managed and administered in a way to ensure protection of the area’s rich natural and cultural heritage, while at the same time offering residents of Canada’s largest city outstanding experiences for generations to come. Rouge National Urban Park will also provide Parks Canada the opportunity to better engage with urban Canadians and help them build meaningful connections to Canada’s network of treasured places and iconic landscapes. For additional information on today’s announcement, please see the accompanying backgrounder at under Media Room. @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Copyright/IP Policy Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page . Quotes are updated automatically, but will be turned off after 25 minutes of inactivity.

Canada: Prorogation of the Reopening of Parliament, Undermining Democracy

Potash Corp jumped 2.3 percent to C$33.57 after reports surfaced that tycoon Suleiman Kerimov would sell his major stake in Russian potash producer Uralkali to investor Vladimir Kogan. The Potash Corp gain reflected optimism that a change in Uralkali’s ownership might lead to it rejoining fellow potash producer Belaruskali in an export partnership, which would support prices for the crop nutrient. “When you have reports like this flying around, people tend to focus on the underlying fundamentals, which are that demand for potash is not going to go away in a hurry,” said Elvis Picardo, strategist and vice president of research at Global Securities in Vancouver. “At some point, the stock has to be a screaming buy.” The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended the session up 22.35 points, or 0.18 percent, at 12,723.40. It fell 0.76 percent on the week. Financial stocks were the biggest weight on the day as Statistics Canada said the ratio of household debt to income in Canada hit a record high in the second quarter. “If the Canadian consumer is strapped because of a huge debt load, then that has implications for the broad Canadian economy, and the banks are, of course, the biggest players here,” Picardo said. Royal Bank of Canada slipped 0.7 percent to C$65.30, Toronto-Dominion Bank lost 0.4 percent to C$89.92, and Bank of Nova Scotia was down 0.2 percent at C$59.30. Oil and gas producers also helped the index rise, but Gareth Watson, vice president Of investment management and research at Richardson GMP, said their recent gains could be capped if it becomes clear that the United States will not make a military strike on Syria, which would pull down oil prices. The energy sub-index was up 0.25 percent, led by a 0.6 percent gain for Canadian Natural Resources to C$32.78, and Suncor Energy’s 0.3 percent rise to C$37.35. Watson said the index has performed well in recent months.