Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s prorogation of Parliament may have rankled the opposition but, evidently, not constituents in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.
MP Cathy McLeod said on Thursday that her constituency office has had only one email complaining about the move.
When he announced last week that Parliament would be postponed until October, Harper said he wanted to take the opportunity to “hit the reset button” mid-term through the government’s mandate to review its agenda for the next two years.
It’s not the first time he’s invoked prorogation — on two previous occasions the move courted controversy over the perception that it was misused as a diversionary tactic — but it is the first time as a majority government. In that context, he described it as “completely normal.”
“If you look at Parliament through the last number of decades, it was common for majority governments to hit the reset button mid-term,” McLeod said.
Unlike provincial legislative sittings, parliamentary sittings are lengthy and intense, extending from September to May or June, she noted.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that his caucus is returning to Ottawa on schedule, the third week of September, in order to serve Canadians as expected.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said prorogation is the tactic of a desperate government worn out by ethical scandals and mismanagement.
McLeod said she will use the time until October for some pre-budget consultations and community projects. Those projects include finding a new purpose for the agricultural research station, recently shuttered by Ottawa.