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.