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.
The far-reaching omnibus bill will touch on nearly every aspect of Canada’s public affairs, and the Liberals, NDP and Green Party say its size makes a mockery of MPs’ duties to vet legislation and hold the government accountable.
- Elizabeth May at centre of fight against Conserative omnibus budget bill (news.nationalpost.com)
- Opposition threaten hundreds of confidence votes over omnibus Bill C-38 (canada.com)
- Opposition parties joining forces to delay passage of ‘Trojan Horse’ budget bill (news.nationalpost.com)
- C-38: ‘Mr. Speaker, let us do the right thing’ (macleans.ca)
- Omnibus Bill C-38: federal government could be tripped up during voting (vancouversun.com)