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Prolonging or putting off to another day. The discontinuation or termination of a session of the legislature, parliament, or the like. In English Law, a prorogation is the Continuance of the parliament from one session to another, as an adjournment is a continuation of the session from day to day. In Civil Law, giving time to do a thing beyond the term previously fixed.

See: adjournment, cloture, deferment, delay, dissolution, termination


1 an agreement to accept the jurisdiction of a given court.
2 the exercise of the ROYAL PREROGATIVE ending a session of Parliament.

PROROGATION. To put off to another time. It is generally applied to the English parliament, and means the continuance of it from one day to another; it differs from adjournment, which is a continuance of it from one day to another in the same session. 1 Bl. Com. 186.
     2. In the civil law, prorogation signifies the time given to do a thing beyond the term prefixed. Dig. 2, 14, 27, 1. See Prolongation.

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Most of those surveyed held that the 2008 prorogation harmed principles of responsible government.
Afin d'assurer que notre demande de prorogation reflete l'opinion des membres, veuillez exercer vos droits
3) They further argue that the prime minister should be constrained in how the rules and procedures of the House of Commons may be manipulated for the same ends (for example, the prorogation of 2008 was made possible by delaying an "opposition day" in the House of Commons in December 2008 which would have permitted the vote of non-confidence that the government wished to avoid).
This article presents three sections on conventions and protocols from the Manual of Procedure of the Government of Canada: on the formation of governments, the uses of prorogation and dissolution, and the principle of restraint.
By relying upon existing treatments and past analyses, I unpack notions of responsible government and demonstrate how the prime minister's prorogation request represented the culmination of a pattern of parliamentary disregard, relied on the manipulation of nationalistic tensions, and had the effect of up-ending core principles of responsible government based on an unexplored and untested theory of an unitary executive.
last week and most MPs left Westminster after Parliament's prorogation last
That year, only the constitutional requirement that Parliament must meet at least once every twelve months put an end to the prorogation.
All in all, I agree with Lorne Gunter who exclaimed, in the National Post, "I can't for the life of me figure out why Conservative Senators would refuse, before prorogation, to endorse [this] report.
As we contemplate the pathetic spectacle of Parliament's return after its prorogation in December, the name Eugene Forsey is once again being invoked by thoughtful Canadians.
After prorogation, within a period of one year, a new session of Parliament with the same MPs is summoned.
The session of 1906, which was closed by prorogation yesterday, will be memorable in history for the appearances of new factors and forces at Westminster.
In cases where member states are able to continue striving to achieve the objectives in certain derogations by applying the general conditions of the Directive on energy taxation, no prorogation is necessary and hence no action is required, except perhaps for a few minor adjustments.