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stroke, drug addiction); and the use of the prorogation mechanism in a way that seriously violates overarching constitutional principles in a non-remediable way.
The first problem is that its adherents offer different justifications for why Governors General have limited or no discretion in matters of prorogation.
The second problem is that despite the suggestion that practice ought to guide how we understand the role of the Crown, not a single participant of the fifty scholars, advisors, journalists, commentators, and senior parliamentary staff referred to the 1873 prorogation as a leading precedent.
The proclamation of prorogation would then issue, and members of parliament would be informed of the date when they would be expected to return for the next session.
The most common use of prorogation in current times is to allow the government to re-cast its plans and agenda once it feels it has accomplished enough of its goals from the current session.
Stephen Harper was not the first Prime Minister to resort to prorogation in an effort to avoid parliamentary humiliation--and possible defeat in a Commons vote.
The three precedents do not establish a rule, that governors general must always accede to a request for prorogation by a prime minister who has not lost the confidence of the House of Commons.
They argue that we need have no fear that a government might use prorogation to "indefinitely avoid or postpone a vote of non-confidence" because a new session of Parliament must always open with a Speech from the Throne that will be a confidence test, and section 6 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms requires that Parliament meet at least once annually.
First, that prorogation differs significantly from dissolution both in its historical origins and procedural consequences and is therefore not comparable to dissolution in relation to the ability of the governor general to refuse a prime minister's advice.
8) Today, prorogation is a tool that the prime minister may employ in order to call a new session of Parliament.
It is noteworthy that during this period, 200 years after Henry VIII had invented prorogation, there continued to be public debate over whether prorogation should be ended and a return to the legislative requirement that the King summon a new Parliament every year.
Prorogation was also altered to ensure members had adequate time to learn of any change to the start date of a session via the Prorogation Act 1867 and the Representation of the People Act 1918.