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Variations on a prorogued parliamentary theme

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to shut down Parliament until after the Vancouver Olympics has accomplished many things.

Though described by government officials as routine, it prompted The Globe and Mail's first front-page editorial since the mid-1960s.

And while constituents in the Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey are telling Conservative MP Helena Guergis " they are pleased [the government is]taking a step back," more than 200,000 Canadians have taken to cyberspace to protest against prorogation.

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Last night at a Liberal Party fundraiser in Toronto, it even drove Bob Rae to take a page from Mr. Harper's songbook and play a Beatles tune, slightly modified, on piano.

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The NDP has suggested legislative limits on prorogation, spurring much discussion among constitutional experts like Peter Russell, his University of Toronto colleague Lorne Sossin and Queen's University's Ned Franks.

The Globe's editorial board will soon weigh in on this idea too - but far more important than its opinion is yours, and we want to hear it.

Beginning today and continuing through next week, when Parliament was to have resumed sitting, we'll be rolling out a series of online features to engage Canadians on the issues that would have been discussed by their elected representatives on the floor of the House of Commons.

To begin, we invite you to share your thoughts about prorogation via this audio comment tool. It's your chance to let us - and the government - know what you think. Don't be shy.

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