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Opposition MPs return to work

Hold meetings, propose limits to PM’s power to prorogue

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As opposition MPs returned to work yesterday, Liberals unveiled a proposal seeking to curb to the Prime Minster’s ability to prorogue future sessions of parliament, less than a week after a similar announcement from the NDP. The proposal would require the PM to give the House of Commons 10 days written notice of a move to prorogue parliament, and would require the PM to submit the question to the House for debate. NDP MPs held their own caucus meeting, and speaking in front of the closed doors of the House of Commons on Monday, NDP Leader Jack Layton called Harper’s move “a high-handed decision to padlock Parliament.”

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