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Running head: PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT Prorogation of Parliament:The Debate Between Tom Flanagan and the Various Authors POLS 200 – Winter 2015Assignment # 7March. 26, 2015Dr. Tracy Summerville 1
PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT Prorogation of Parliament:The Debate Between Tom Flanagan and the Various AuthorsThe federal election of 2008 was held on October 14thand resulted in no one partygaining control of the House of Commons. The Conservative Party won more seats than the other parties, 143 of a possible 308, however they still were not a majority in the House of Commons making them a minority government (Heard 2009). Not long after the election, opposition parties confirmed that they had reached a formal agreement to form a coalition government to replace the Conservative Party (Heard 2009). When a minority government no longer has the confidence of the House of Commons, the governor general no longer needs to follow/consider the advice of the prime minister nowthat his/her “personal prerogatives” is in effect (Russell et al. 2010). The governor general has the options to dissolve parliament and call for a new election or may invite the leader of another party to attempt to form a government that will hold the confidence of the House of Commons (Russell et al. 2010). The coalition cabinet had an agreement that would initially last two years but could latter be extended; the leader of the liberal party would be the prime minister (Heard 2009). A motivated Stephen Harper’s request as

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