What does Proroguing Parliament mean?

March 29, 2018
min. read
Share on Twitter
Share on Facebook
Share on Linkedin
Copy Link
What does Proroguing Parliament mean?
An arrow pointing left
View all of our work

You've probably heard of Parliament being prorogued but what does prorogation actually mean? Who decides when to prorogue Parliament and why?

It’s pronounced “pro-rogue-ing” (yup, like Rogue One). When Parliament is prorogued, it means that the Governor General ends a session of Parliament. Prorogation typically happens at least once between elections. It allows the Government to reset its priorities and set a new agenda by opening a new session with a Throne Speech, and introducing a new set of bills for deliberation in the House. Four years is a long time in politics. Ideas that may have seemed great during an election may be less so now. Meanwhile, new priorities have moved to the forefront. So prorogation is a useful way to reboot the government’s agenda.

Read the full Q&ARead the full Q&A

Explore our work

Related Articles

No items found.