Wikipedia defines prorogation in Canada as the end of a parliamentary session in the Parliament of Canada and the parliaments of its provinces and territories.
Wikipedia goes on to say:
“It differs from a recess or adjournment, which do not end a session, and from a complete dissolution of parliament, which ends both the session and the entire parliament, requiring an election for the House of Commons in the bicameral federal parliament and the singular legislative chamber of the unicameral provincial parliaments.
“In the Canadian parliamentary system, the legislature is typically prorogued upon the completion of the agenda set forth in the Speech from the Throne and remains in recess until the monarch or governor general, in the federal sphere, or lieutenant governor, in a province, summons parliamentarians. From 2008 to present, prorogation has been the subject of discussion among academics, the Canadian public, and their political representatives.
“… A parliamentary session lasts until a prorogation, after which, without ceremony in recent years, one or both chambers of the legislature cease all legislative business until the governor general or lieutenant governor issues a proclamation calling for a new session to begin.”
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Wikipedia, Prorogation in Canada, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prorogation_in_Canada, accessed 19 September 2016.
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