Aug 19, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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The prime minister  says he’s hitting the pause  button on Parliament.

Stephen Harper will be delaying reopening the Commons until October.

The annoucement comes  during the second day of Harper’s  annual northern Canadian summer tour.

The Commons was originally scheduled to return September 16. Prorogation means unfinished legislation will die on the order paper, although bills in progress can be reinstated with unanimous consent of the House.

Harper says the number 1 priority for his government will continue to be jobs and the economy and the Speech from the Throne will lay out his agenda for the second half of his political mandate.

Mr. Harper’s reboot of his government, which had a difficult spring because of controversies such as the Senate expense scandal, includes a shakeup in the Prime Minister’s Office which is already underway.

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