December 30, 2009 / 6:00 PM / in 8 years

Canada to suspend Parliament until after Olympics

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.

<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>

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

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