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Summoning of Parliament

The Constitution provides for the summoning of Parliament by means of a proclamation issued by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister. This proclamation sets (and changes, if necessary) the date and time for which Parliament is summoned.

The proclamations are published in the Canada Gazette, which is published weekly, and contains (among other things) legally binding decisions of the Government of Canada, formal public notices, official appointments, and miscellaneous announcements.

Since the Constitution requires that there be a sitting of Parliament at least once every 12 months, the period of prorogation between sessions, or of dissolution between Parliaments, cannot continue indefinitely, nor can a general election be postponed indefinitely.

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