Merrifield said the decision to prorogue Parliament had more to do with keeping the country focused than anything else.
"The prorogation is delaying things just a month. Why get revved up before the Olympics? We're going to have a throne speech after the Olympics. A new budget that will focus the country, the House of Commons and the Parliament on accomplishing what comes out of that throne speech. I think that's got a lot to do with it," Merrifield said.
So what's in that throne-speech & budget that requires two months of silent contemplation to prepare for (because, according to Merrifield, prorogation is just like life in the HOC, but quieter):
"I think the only real difference with prorogation is that you don't have us shouting and screaming at each other in question period."
"Nothing really earth-shaking, it's going to be a boring budget let's put it that way. I don't think there will be a lot of big cuts because that would be premature. I don't think there will be a lot of spending because we just can't keep spending."