• 871 amendments aimed at ‘bully’ budget

    Publication Source: 
    Globe and Mail
    Author: 
    Bill Curry

    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.

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  • PM is spending political capital on omnibus budget bill

    Publication Source: 
    Toronto Star
    Author: 
    Tim Harper

    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.

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  • Federal Budget 2012: Voting on budget goes ahead after ruling against Elizabeth May

    Publication Source: 
    Toronto Star
    Author: 
    Les Whittington and Joanna Smith

    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.

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  • Whose experts will advise PM?

    Publication Source: 
    Edmonton Journal
    Author: 
    Tom Harris

    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.

     
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  • ‘The Chair cannot justify’

    Publication Source: 
    Macleans
    Author: 
    Aaron Wherry

    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.

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  • Elizabeth May leads commendable effort to halt Tory omnibus juggernaut

    Publication Source: 
    National Post
    Author: 
    Kelly McParland

    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.

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  • Let’s talk about a single publicly funded school system

    Publication Source: 
    The Ottawa Citizen
    Author: 
    Mike Schreiner

    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.

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  • Budget bill timing expected to be outlined today

    Publication Source: 
    CBC
    Author: 
    Laura Payton

    Opposition MPs will find out today how many votes they'll face on the 871 changes they've proposed to the federal government's massive budget implementation bill.

    House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer is expected to rule at 12 p.m. ET on which amendments will be grouped together for debate and for votes.

    That many votes, taken one by one, would take days. The House speaker can group similar amendments together to speed up the process.

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  • May a key figure in budget-bill battle

    Publication Source: 
    Times Colonist
    Author: 
    Tobi Cohen

    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.

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  • Lyme disease experts fear disease explosion

    Publication Source: 
    CTV
    Author: 
    Staff

    A warming climate has health officials worried that tick populations are already spreading, bringing with them the germs that can lead to Lyme disease.

    Green party leader Elizabeth May is planning to introduce a private member's bill in Parliament calling for a Canadian strategy on Lyme disease.

    "A lot of Canadians are oblivious to the fact that getting bitten by a tick can ruin their lives," she says.

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  • Federal budget 2012: Opposition brace for voting marathon to thwart Harper’s omnibus bill

    Publication Source: 
    Toronto Star
    Author: 
    Les Whittington

    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.

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  • Fight over budget bill returns to House of Commons

    Publication Source: 
    CBC
    Author: 
    Max Paris

    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.

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