Layton's changes would make prorogation much more democratic. But one cannot expect Harper --who wants an elected Senate but uses the time during prorogation to pack it with Conservative hacks-- to press for more democracy when it would actually make the system more democratic.
Layton calls for limits on powers to prorogue
There should be limits on the ability of the prime minister to prorogue Parliament, NDP Leader Jack Layton said Wednesday.
He said his party will call for legislative changes that would require a majority vote of MPs for the prorogation of Parliament.
"This will inform the governor general of the will of the majority in the House of the people — that their work has been completed and they want to reset and prepare for the future," Layton said in Ottawa after a caucus meeting. "It shouldn't happen whenever the prime minister feels like it."
He also called for MPs to be brought back before the March 3 return date set by Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he prorogued Parliament.
The house was to have resumed sitting on Jan. 25, before Harper's move.
As with the Liberals, NDP MPs plan to be on Parliament Hill on Monday.