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If we are to accept today's Angus Reid poll that many Canadians do care about prorogation then some further questions need to be asked.

The Liberals and New Democrats have criticized the government for the current prorogation. If either were to assume office what would they do with the legitimate constitutional tool of prorogation? Would they never use it? What in their minds constitutes a good prorogation versus a bad prorogation? Whether people like the Harper government's current use of prorogation or not, reasons have been articulated.

Jean Chrétien used prorogation four times during his tenure, including back-to-back prorogations in 2002 and 2003. I remember little national furor then. But I do stand to be corrected.

This year Canada will turn 143 years old and there have been 105 prorogations. Just because of their political dominance during the 20th century, the vast majority would have been by Liberals. So what is the policy going forward on their use? Please explain.


Update No word yet from the Liberals and NDP, but the CBC's Kady O'Malley has risen to the challenge.

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