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Parliament could be suspended until March, say sources

OTTAWA - The Governor General's office says it has not received anyrequest from the Prime Minister's Office for a meeting with MichaelleJean to suspend Parliament.

OTTAWA - The Governor General's office says it has not received any request from the Prime Minister's Office for a meeting with Michaelle Jean to suspend Parliament.

There are reports that the Conservative government will ask her today to delay the return of MPs until the beginning of March.

Parliament is scheduled to return on Jan. 25, but the London Free Press reports the government wants to keep the House in recess until after the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Dimitri Soudas, press secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, would not confirm or deny the story, saying only that “no decision had yet been made” with respect to proroguing Parliament.

CTV is also reporting that Parliament would resume on Mar. 3.

A post-Olympic return would effectively shut down government committees, which would stop MPs from pursuing the Afghan detainee controversy until Parliament returned.

Liberal House Leader Ralph Goodale says “if the government attempts this manoeuvre, it's a shocking insult to democracy.”

NDP House Leader Libby Davies says there's no legitimate reason to prorogue Parliament and to do so would be a “political scam.”

Should the prime minister decide to suspend Parliament, he would have to meet with the Governor General to ask for her permission, as a formality.

 
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