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Conservatives defeat Liberal motion on free speech in the Commons


 

OTTAWA – A Liberal motion aimed at enhancing freedom of speech in the House of Commons was defeated Thursday.

The motion failed by a vote of 150 to 96.

The NDP backed the Liberal bid to have statements made by MPs follow an alphabetical list, rather than be determined by the parties.

In the 15 minutes before the daily question period, backbench MPs are given a minute to make a statement on anything they want.

A month ago, Conservative MP Mark Warawa formally complained that his party whip had prevented him from delivering a statement.

Ten of his colleagues backed his arguments, and called on the Speaker of the House to bolster their guarantee of free speech.

Andrew Scheer responded by reminding MPs that they could stand and signal their desire to speak at any time, and that the Speaker alone had the power to recognize them.

During Thursday’s vote, none of the Tories who had lobbied for more liberty in the Commons backed the Liberal motion.


 
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Conservatives defeat Liberal motion on free speech in the Commons

  1. There you have it folks, the cons only care about themselves, not their constituents. If you expect to have your voice heard in parliament, better not vote con.

  2. Interesting, free speech suppressed… nothing to see here … move along…

    • And how does democracy die in parliament? With landslide support!

  3. We do not appreciates this propaganda comments against Comrade Harper, the Central Planning Committee, and glorious country of Canukistan. You are not good patriot citizens. You might be bad al-Qaeda terrorists. We will find where you live.

  4. The motion failed by a vote of 150 to 96.

    A few Conservative MP’s were not there or abstained, but why were so many opposition MP’s not there?

    Did Justin vote or was he giving a speech for cash?

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