Okay, so this may sound like something you would have done in your Grade 11 science class with a Bunsen burner. Throwback much?? Not quite the direction we’re going in though. Parliament being dissolved is a fancy way of saying ended/stopped/kaput. This happens when the Prime Minister goes to the Governor General in order to ask that Parliament be dissolved so that elections can be held. It’s a ceremonial and symbolic procession, but still a necessary one, as the power to dissolve Parliament lies with the Governor General and not the PM. There have been 43 sessions of Parliament since Canada became a country. Each has been dissolved so that elections would be held to allow for the next.