With NDP MP Nathan Cullen (left) and Nycole Turmel (right) looking on, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks with the media about the proroguation of parliament Monday September 16, 2013 in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
OTTAWA - Forget the fact that the fall session of Parliament has been put off for a month.
The federal Opposition says it will hold the Conservative government's feet to the fire by holding a virtual daily question period starting Tuesday.
The New Democrats say they'll challenge Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet members to answer questions posed through social media.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says Harper's prorogation of Parliament will stall debate over changes to employment insurance, halt the work of a committee on missing and murdered aboriginal women and delay efforts to improve rail safety.
Mulcair says he's hoping to get answers to important questions via Twitter.
The Harper Conservatives say they'll launch a new parliamentary session with a throne speech Oct. 16, just after Thanksgiving.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the Twitter question period would begin next week.