Canada suspends Parliament

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The downturn is starting to impact politics all over the world. As an example, take the recent sequence of events in Canada:

• In October, Prime Minister Harper increased his vote, but still ended 12 seats short of a majority, after calling an early General Election
• Last week, the opposition parties united against his economic policy, and called for a confidence vote in Parliament.
• In response, and for the first time in Canada’s history, Harper won the Governor-General’s approval to suspend Parliament for 7 weeks.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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