Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that he will be recommending to Governor General Michaëlle Jean that Parliament be prorogued, thus ending the First Session of the 39th Parliament. Parliament will be recalled on October 16 to commence the Second Session with a Speech from the Throne.

"The First Session of the 39th Parliament was exceptionally productive, especially for a Government in a minority situation," Prime Minister Harper said. "We delivered on all the major commitments we made to Canadians during the 2006 election. After our first 19 months in office," added the Prime Minister, "I’m pleased to report that Canada is united, our government is clean and our economy is strong."

"Now it’s time to launch the next phase of our mandate," the Prime Minister continued. "Strong leadership, focussed on results, will continue to guide our Government as we work to make our country even stronger, and even better for all of Canada’s families."

"Canadians gave us a mandate for change," Prime Minister Harper said. "But we’re just getting started. We will seize the opportunities that lie before us, and rise to the challenges that confront us. I invite the other parties to join with us to make the Second Session even more successful than the First. There is much more we can and will do to make Canada stronger, safer and better for all of us."