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Canada is going to prorogue parliament until October and here's what that means

Canada is going to prorogue parliament until October.

According to reports, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to prorogue his Liberal government - which has been embroiled in an ethics controversy with WE Charity - for the next few months.

In order to put this plan into action, Trudeau will need to seek permission from Governor General Julie Payette, however it is unclear when he plans to do so.

Sources also say that the prime minister will be holding a cabinet retreat in September and then a speech from the throne in October which will kick start a new session of the House of Commons.

A prorogation is meant to end the current Parliamentary session, including all legislative business that has not yet passed. In this case, it would also mean stopping all WE Charity committee probes.

This is the first time Trudeau has taken such a massive step after vowing never to do so when he was elected. Liberals have accused previous prime minister Stephen Harper of using this same move to avoid difficult and uncomfortable political situations.

The news comes just hours after reports suggest Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will be named Canada's finance minister following Bill Morneau's resignation on Monday. 

Both Trudeau and Morneau are being investigated by the ethics commissioner after the government provided WE Charity with a $43.5 million contract to start a $900 million student grant program. The Trudeau and Morneau families have close ties to the charity. 

This has prompted calls from the opposition for Trudeau to resign.

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