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Canadian PM to suspend Parliament until October

August 19, 2013

WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) — Canada’s prime minister says he intends to suspend Parliament until October, which means the House of Commons will not resume in September as planned.

Stephen Harper said Monday that a speech outlining the government’s agenda likely will be delivered in October, kicking off a new parliamentary session.

The prime minister says most of the promises the Conservatives made in the last election have been fulfilled, and it’s time to introduce a new agenda.

It’s not the first time Harper has suspended Parliament, which has the effect of cancelling any legislation that’s still before the House.

Harper did it in December 2008 rather than face a vote of non-confidence when his Conservatives held a minority government and the Liberals, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois were threatening his grip on power.