The Speaker has whittled down 871 amendments to between 67 and 159 votes, depending. In other words, about 18 to 26 hours of consecutive votes, more or less, which they’re now preparing themselves for. Speaker Scheer also ruled that because there are no firm rules for omnibus bills that this one is permissible, but hey, why don’t you guys lay down some rules for the future over in the Procedure and House Affairs Committee. And so, the votes will take place probably Wednesday, and probably starting late at night since the government also moved to extend sitting hours to midnight every night for the remaining two weeks.
With the ruling on May’s point of order in mind, after QP, Nathan Cullen tried to argue that the omnibus budget bill has become a contempt of parliament because the government won’t release the data on the cuts to the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Scott Brison takes to the pages of the National Post to say that the issue of income inequality is not a left-or-right issue, but one that Parliament should be addressing.
The refugee reform bill, which would see mandatory detentions and designated country of origin lists being implemented, has now passed the Commons and is on its way to the Senate.
Here are five questions for Dean Del Mastro about his campaign finances.
Julian Fantino is shrugging off the problem of counterfeit components plaguing US military airplanes, saying we have no concerns in this country about it, even though we bought fleets of American-made planes.
It seems that the Conservatives just might be treading on the legacy of Diefenbaker – whom they constantly venerate – as they make changes to the National Energy Board as part of their omnibus budget bill changes.
Former prime minister Paul Martin adds onto the pile-on about Thomas Mulcair’s “Dutch disease” comments and disputes them.
And a University of Alberta team has been able to create usable medical isotopes using a cyclotron instead of a nuclear research reactor, which is good news considering that the Chalk River reactor is due to be shut down by 2016.