Harper to prorogue Parliament, deliver throne speech in October

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers questions following a statement in Whitehorse today. — Photo by The Canadian Press

WHITEHORSE — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he intends to prorogue Parliament, which means the House of Commons will not resume in September as planned.

Harper, who is currently on a week-long swing through northern Canada, says a speech from the throne will likely be delivered in October, kicking off a new parliamentary session.

The prime minister says most of the promises the Conservatives made in the last election have been fulfilled.

He says the time has come for the government to put forth a new parliamentary agenda.

Harper says the Conservative government will remained focused on the economy.

It’s not the first time Harper has used prorogation, a standard parliamentary tool that has the effect of cancelling any legislation that’s still before the House.

In December 2008, Harper prorogued rather than face a vote of non-confidence when his Conservatives held a minority government and the Liberals, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois were threatening his grip on power.

He prorogued again the following year, halting House of Commons committee hearings into the treatment of Afghan detainees and killing a number of pieces of legislation.



Organizations: House of Commons, Conservatives, Bloc Quebecois

Geographic location: Northern Canada

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  • wiser than harper
    August 19, 2013 - 22:42

    This guy is getting pretty good at using this prorogue tool to advance or decelerate anything that would get in the way of his agenda. I think most Canadians had never experienced 'prorogue' and now we're getting it thrown at us at every whim of this so called PM. JUST GO AWAY Stephen, and let Canada get back to the proud and respected country we once were.

  • Torey Nomore
    August 19, 2013 - 18:22

    Proroguie Steve; reasons number 1 - 1,000,000 why I cannot vote Torey no-more! Does even the most gulible Tories need any other reasons than Stevie's total contempt of democracy, lack of respect for political process and distain for the electorate?

  • Mark
    August 19, 2013 - 18:10

    Wouldn't want to be bothered with the task of running the country while getting ready for the next election.

  • Henry
    August 19, 2013 - 16:23

    That a boy Harper soften them up with a new agenda and show the electorate what a nice guy you are, just in time for another election. Watch this fella as he works on his political popularity...... Should be interesting. Remember you get what you deserve if you vote the federal PC party in again. Canada has changed for the worst under this Prime Minister and it will continue to change if he is elected again.