TORONTO—No Governor General’s decision has been so portentous since the King-Byng Wing-Ding of 1926. In acceding to Stephen Harper’s request, the GG did what all GG’s have done in the past when asked for routine prorogations. This request, however, was hardly routine. The decision has implications for the future behaviour of Governors-General and the dynamics of the party system. It does so because of the extraordinary circumstances driving the request.
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