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23,000 join Facebook group against prorogation

More than 23,000 people have joined a Facebook group opposed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to suspend Parliament until after the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The group, Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament, claimed 23,033 members as of Monday night.

It was launched by an Albertan named Christopher White less than a week ago.

"On December 30th, 2009, for the second time in as many years, Stephen Harper has asked the Governor General to prorogue parliament. Like last time, he will certainly get what he's asking for, forsaking his responsibility to be accountable to his employers, us Canadians citizens," White writes on the Facebook page.

"What can we do? Ask your MP to attend parliament anyways," White continues. "Think it can't be done? Check this out."

The group is encouraging Canadians to hold rallies in cities across the country on Jan. 23.

Another 1,400 have joined a more general-purpose Facebook group entitled, From Now On, I'm Proroguing Anything I Don't Want to Deal With.

"Don't feel like handing in that paper? Prorogue it," writes creator Sally Scott. "Don't feel like cleaning the house? Prorogue it. Don't feel like picking the kids up from school? Prorogue 'em. Don't feel like taking a shower? Don't prorogue that. Seriously."

Monte Paulsen prorogues for The Tyee.

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