The New Democrats, Liberals and Green Leader Elizabeth May put forward more than 800 amendments to this “Trojan Horse Bill” in an effort to force the government to remove the “non-budget” sections for separate consideration.
he NDP and Liberals have introduced hundreds of amendments to delete clauses of the 425-page Bill C-38 and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has introduced more than 300 substantive amendments that would change the wording of clauses – something she is permitted to do because she is not allowed to sit on House committees.
The Speaker could have spared them the ordeal, had he sided with Elizabeth May, the Green Party leader, who claimed that the budget bill had not been brought forward in proper form and should be set aside
"They say they're focused like a laser,' I say they're focused like an obsessive mania' that requires psychiatric help," Green Party Leader and MP Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf Islands, B.C.) told The Hill Timesafter her groundbreaking attempts, as the sole MP for a political party, to amend the 425-page bill paved the way for a marathon of voting to take place in the Commons beginning Wednesday night.
Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party and member for Saanich-Gulf Islands, B.C., has raised a point of order asking the Speaker of the House of Commons to reject the omnibus bill, based on Standing Order 68(3), which states, "No bill may be introduced either in blank or in an imperfect shape."
OTTAWA — Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be front and centre Monday as the opposition pulls out all the stops in its bid to alter the much-maligned Conservative omnibus budget bill.
Without official party status and the ability to sit on parliamentary committees, May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, 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.
“This is a double-edged sword for me,” May has said.