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Recall of the House of Commons

When the House stands adjourned over a weekend or during a longer adjournment period, it may be recalled by the Speaker, in consultation with the Government, prior to the date originally specified. The Standing Orders require that the recall be “in the public interest”. A request to recall the House may be made at any time.

When the Speaker agrees to recall the House, he or she advises the Clerk, who manages the logistical aspects of the recall, including informing the Members.

The House can also be recalled during a prorogation by a proclamation of the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister. The proclamation would result not in a recall as such but in an opening of the new session at an earlier date than that given in the original prorogation proclamation.

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