TRURO - Anti-prorogation demonstrators in Truro made their opinions known loud and clear on the weekend.
"It's an abuse of power ... that he's chosen to take a vacation instead of doing his job," said Truro's Evan Price of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to prorogue Parliament until March.
About 20 people gathered in front of Truro-Bible Hill MP Scott Armstrong's constituency office on the Esplanade Saturday afternoon, peacefully protesting Harper's shutdown of Parliament until March.
About 30 pieces of bristle board were crammed onto both windows of Armstrong's office. Each one had the letters R.I.P. and stood for "a bill that Parliament has let die," said Price.
The Truro protest was one of about 45 prorogation protests across Canada Saturday.
Armstrong told the Truro Daily News he was not offended by the local protest.
"Everyone has the right to participate in a protest; that's their democratic right," said Armstrong, who did not find out about the gathering until Saturday evening. At that point he helped take down some of the remaining posters on his office's windows.
"Yes, they had R.I.P. on them but it's not about us dying as a party but about the bills" in legislature, he said.
Armstrong said the prorogation doesn't reflect him personally.
"I'm using this time to do work for my constituency ... I'm not letting (prorogation) stop me."
Harper has defended the decision to prorogue until March 3, saying the extra time was needed to adjust the government's policies now that the economy has moved from recession into the recovery phase.