Canada to suspend Parliament until after Olympics

Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:58pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to have Parliament suspended until early March in a move that will allow him to overcome opposition in the Senate and avoid persistent questions over treatment of Afghan detainees.

Harper spokesman Dimitri Soudas said on Wednesday that the Conservative government will present a new Speech from the Throne, on government policy, on March 3, and a new federal budget on March 4.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Peter Galloway)

<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>