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On October 26, 2022, the government issued a proclamation to “prorogue” the current legislative session, to take effect on October 30, 2022.
To prorogue the legislature is to discontinue or stop all legislative activity without dissolving the legislature or calling a general election.
What does this mean for you?
Any bills that have not yet passed in the legislature, including the Professional Governance Act (Bill 23), are effectively stalled. Debate on those bills stops and the bills do not advance any further toward being enacted into law during the current legislative session.
The same bills may be re-introduced at the beginning of the next legislative session, beginning with a Speech from the Throne on November 29, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. The legislative process for these bills would either re-start at First Reading, or be “reinstated” at the same stage that the bill stood at the time of prorogation. Alternatively, the bill may simply be abandoned.