Stephen Harper wanted to shut down Parliament just because he does not agree with it.
Some say this is unprecedented.
In fact, Harper is following parliamentary tradition. Consider the following precedents:
1629: King Charles I in England
1799: Napoleon in France
1913: Victoriano Huerta in Mexico
1933: Adolf Hitler in Germany
1936: Francisco Franco in Spain
1939: Benito Mussolini in Italy
1973: Augusto Pinochet in Chile
1975: Indira Gandhi in India
1999: Pervez Musharaff in Pakistan
2008: Stephen Harper in Canada
YIKES! Hardly a badge of honour to achieve a spot on this list.