Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing rounds of media interviews this week and the economy is very much his pre-occupation.
On Friday morning it was A Channel's turn. When interviewer Tony Grace asked about prorogation, Mr. Harper quickly returned to say that the average session lasts about a year and it has been more than a year since he most recently took office.
"We had a good year, notwithstanding the problems of the economy," Mr. Harper said. "We had to launch some stimulus measures and then drive them into implementation quickly. We want to take time to re-examine the agenda and get ready for government and a session of Parliament. We invite the opposition to provide some suggestions. The focus on Canadians remains on the economy."
There has been much speculation about Mr. Harper's desire for a spring election. But he once again refuted the notion that he is eager to return to the polls.
"I don't see any desire of the population to have an election in the year to come," Mr. Harper said. "We still have a lot of economic uncertainty. I think the effects of the recession are still being felt and the economy has improved but we're still in a time of a lot of economic uncertainty."