For Canadians keeping score, in the last four months of 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has:
– Called an election and dissolved Parliament in October 2008, a year earlier than the Conservative Party’s own legislation that set a fixed election date for October 2009.
– Had Parliament prorogued to avoid losing a vote of non-confidence by the majority of the elected Members of Parliament.
– Made 18 patronage appointments to Canada’s unelected Senate.
– Filled a vacancy to the Supreme Court of Canada by bypassing a parliamentary review process that his own party fought to institute.