Members of Parliament are bracing themselves for a marathon session of voting this week as the opposition puts forward 871 amendments to the Conservative government’s budget bill.
Having failed to persuade the Tories to split the 425-page bill and having failed to compel them to accept any changes when the bill was studied in committee, the votes mark the final act of protest by the opposition before the legislation inevitably passes and MPs return home for the summer.
That the Conservative government will pass its omnibus budget bill has never been in doubt.
Similarly, its refusal to strip the nonbudgetary items from the 425-page bill was never in question.
Such is the privilege of a majority government.
But as the House of Commons prepares to hit the home stretch with the budget bill front and centre beginning Monday, the question will be how much political capital the Conservatives will have spent by the summer recess in order to pass this mountain of regulations the way they were determined to do it.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have his majority, but like other prime ministers before him who crafted such victories, he did not win a majority of votes.
A marathon round of voting on the Conservatives’ massive federal budget implementation bill will go ahead this week after Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer rejected an attempt to rule it out of order.
Scheer was responding to a motion put forward by MP Elizabeth May, the Green Party leader, who argued Bill C-38 should be set aside because it was not in the proper form for legislation tabled in the Commons.
Green party Leader Elizabeth May is justified in her concern that our leaders do not understand climate science. If they did, they would be telling us climate change is arguably the most complex science we have ever tackled and we are many years from being able to meaningfully forecast climate.
The prepared text of Speaker Scheer’s ruling on Elizabeth May’s point of order.
I am now prepared to rule on the point of order raised on June 5, 2012 by the hon. Member for Saanich—Gulf Islands (Ms. May) regarding the form of Bill C-38, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012 and other measures.
It’s not often that a single MP can significantly affect important events on Parliament Hill, much less hold a majority government to account for its actions, but Green Party leader Elizabeth May aims to do just that this week, and should be commended for her effort.
Ms. May plans to spearhead a campaign intended to derail or delay the Conservative government’s effort to pass its Brobdingnagian budget bill. The bill has enraged and dismayed many Canadians, not only among the opposition parties but among many Canadians upset at the government’s blatant attempt to steamroll Parliament by stuffing dozens of important changes into one piece of legislation, which it hopes to force on the country via its majority status.
Ontario needs to address the elephant in the room that is preventing us from modernizing and improving our school system. With schools facing extraordinary financial and social pressures, we need to have an honest conversation about the best way to deliver quality education that brings together all our diverse students.
That conversation must include ending wasteful duplication by merging the best of the Catholic and public school boards.
Green Party leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands Elizabeth May will be front and centre Monday as the opposition pulls out all the stops in its bid to alter the muchmaligned Conservative omnibus budget bill.
Without official party status and the ability to sit on parliamentary committees, May is one of the few MPs who can introduce new substantive amendments during the report stage and, with support from the Liberals, she's planning to put forward upwards of 200 of them.
A voting marathon that could keep members of Parliament chained to their desks around the clock is set to unfold in the Commons as opposition parties try to thwart passage of the Conservatives’ massive budget bill.
Opposition MPs are challenging the Harper government’s parliamentary majority this week with hundreds of proposed amendments to Bill C-38, the 425-page budget implementation legislation that revises approximately 70 federal laws.
Members of Parliament are hunkering down for a stormy week of procedural delays as the government's omnibus Budget Implementation Act arrives back in the House of Commons for its third and final reading.
Opposition parties are planning to introduce hundreds of deletions and changes to Bill C-38 in a last ditch effort to get the Conservatives to split it into a number of smaller bills.