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Canada's Parliament Return Date Not Set

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TEHRAN, May 4 (ICANA) – After winning a federal majority Monday, Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday a date hasn't been set to resume Parliament.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 10:19:18 PM
Canada's Parliament Return Date Not Set

Harper met with the queen's representative, Governor General David Johnston Wednesday morning to fulfill the tradition of telling him he was ready to form a government, CTV News reported.

There is no constitutional time limit on how soon Parliament must return after an election.

Asked by reporters before the meeting when he would call the House of Commons back, Harper said "shortly," but "we haven't set a date yet."

Harper, who led a minority government for five years before Monday's election, lost several Cabinet ministers to retirement and election losses and is expected to fill those posts before calling Parliament back, the report said.

There are also formalities to be completed, such as all the new members of Parliament being sworn in and the crafting of the Speech from the Throne, in which the governor general reads the government's plans to Parliament.

During seven weeks of campaigning, Harper and his members focused on job creation, strengthening the economy and eliminating the federal deficit.

That apparently resonated with voters, as the Conservatives won 167 of 308 seats. The election gutted the Liberal party and separatist Bloc Quebecois and cost the party leaders' their seats. Both resigned.

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