The most discussed topic to arise this week is the announcement that the House of Commons will be prorogued and reconvening in October instead of mid September as the fixed Parliamentary calendar was originally set for. Prorogation is one of the more interesting and also misunderstood of all of the various procedures regarding parliamentary affairs. What is a “prorogation”?
In essence each “session” of Parliament is not unlike a chapter in a book. Much as each chapter will have a beginning and an end, so too will a session of Parliament.
Prorogation is officially defined as the ending of a session of Parliament. In this case the 1st session of the 41st Parliament will come to a close and when the House reconvenes in October there will be a throne-speech which is the Parliamentary tradition for opening a new session of Parliament as the Government outlines the direction and agenda of the coming session, that in this instance will be the second session of the 41st Parliament.
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Dan Albas is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.