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Feds’ move to ram bills through House, again, creates Hill speculation of early election, prorogation, PM’s possible exit...

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Sources say it’s likely the next election will be called ahead of the scheduled October 2015, likely in the spring prior. Prorogation and the possible resignation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured in this file photo leading a national caucus meeting, are also possibilities being discussed among politicos.

The federal government’s move two weeks ago to extend House sitting hours to midnight, use time allocation on non-urgent bills, and suspend some Commons Standing Orders until the summer recess has put the rumour mill into full gear with suggestions that the Conservatives are considering proroguing Parliament, laying the ground work to go to the polls early, or even that the Prime Minister is thinking about packing it in before the next election.

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Feds’ move to ram bills through House, again, creates Hill speculation of early election, prorogation, PM’s possible exit...

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Sources say it’s likely the next election will be called ahead of the scheduled October 2015, likely in the spring prior. Prorogation and the possible resignation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured in this file photo leading a national caucus meeting, are also possibilities being discussed among politicos.

The federal government’s move two weeks ago to extend House sitting hours to midnight, use time allocation on non-urgent bills, and suspend some Commons Standing Orders until the summer recess has put the rumour mill into full gear with suggestions that the Conservatives are considering proroguing Parliament, laying the ground work to go to the polls early, or even that the Prime Minister is thinking about packing it in before the next election.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE