08/19/2013 01:47 EDT | Updated 10/19/2013 05:12 EDT

Harper to seek prorogation of Parliament

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has confirmed he will ask the Governor General to prorogue Parliament until October, when his Conservative government will introduce the next speech from the throne.

The move marks the third time since Harper took office in 2006 that he has sought prorogation, with the first two requests being successful. Before the summer break, Harper had been under fire during daily questions in the House of Commons over the continuing scandal involving the expenses of senators, including three Conservatives he appointed.

Speaking in Whitehorse on Monday, the prime minister also insisted he will be leading the Tories into the next election in 2015 and that jobs and the economy will remain the government's "No. 1 priority."

"We remain in a very difficult, fragile competitive world marketplace," Harper told reporters.

When asked about his own political future and whether he would lead his party into the next election, the prime minister quipped: "I'm actually disappointed you feel the need to ask that question."

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