Layton to propose legal limits on PMs ability to prorogue Parliament

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OTTAWA - The NDP says it will propose legislation to limit the power of the prime minister to suspend Parliament.
Leader Jack Layton says Parliament should be prorogued only when a majority of MPs in the House of Commons vote to allow it.
The chances of such legislation passing appears slim, but Layton is trying to capitalize on public anger over Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to suspend Parliament until March 3.
Critics say the move was designed to shut down a parliamentary committee investigating the Afghan detainee controversy.
Layton says the three opposition parties have reached an agreement to continue unofficial committee hearings into that controversy while Parliament is suspended.
The first hearing is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 3.

Organizations: NDP, House of Commons

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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