Opposition remains on guard as Flaherty promises no surprises in budget bill

OTTAWA – The finance minister says there will be no surprises when the Conservative government tables its next budget bill.

OTTAWA – The finance minister says there will be no surprises when the Conservative government tables its next budget bill.

Jim Flaherty’s second budget implementation act, to be introduced Thursday, is expected to contain measures to reform MP and public sector pensions, as well as a host of tax changes.

It follows last spring’s controversial omnibus bill, which drew widespread criticism for bundling together changes to dozens of laws.

Critics described the original legislation as a “Trojan horse” bill designed to conceal unpopular changes to things like environmental assessment and employment insurance provisions.

In protest, the opposition introduced hundreds of amendments to the bill, forcing a marathon 24-hour voting session in hopes of drawing awareness to the government’s tactics.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he’s taking a wait-and-see approach to the new bill before deciding whether his party will take a similar approach this time around.




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