(Cue song and dance by bleary-eyed constitutional nerds.)
Prorogation \pruh-ro-'ga-shun\ n. (vb: prorogue; prorogued):
- The act of deferring or suspending;
- The act of terminating a session of Canadian Parliament - done by the Governor General at the request of the prime minister. All unpassed legislation dies except for private members' bills, and Parliament's agenda is wiped clean. A new session begins with a new Throne Speech. Prorogation differs from adjournment, which is decided by majority vote of the House of Commons or Senate. Unpassed legislation remains on the agenda;
- The period between two sessions of a legislative body; though that body still be constituted its orders (i.e. bills, motions) are expunged until the next Parliament;
- In the Canadian Revolution of '08, an irate Stephen Harper's only full-baked option for heading off the insurrectionists and buying time so he can spin public opinion against the opposition;
- A constitutional crisis waiting to happen.*
How long before the GG's head explodes?