How to make passing a bill as difficult as possible


Elizabeth May explains what the support of the Liberals means for her efforts to amend the budget.

Because the Greens do not have official party status in the House of Commons, Ms. May is not given a seat on parliamentary committees. As a tradeoff, she is permitted to propose an unlimited number of amendments to bills that have come back to the House from committees. All she needs is the support of five other MPs. And the Liberals have agreed to do that in the case of the budget bill.

“The aim is to create such a substantial logjam that the government will have to negotiate removing the environmental and other non-budgetary matters from Bill C-38,” Ms. May said Monday. Each vote on an amendment takes 15 minutes, there could be hundreds of amendments, so “you do the math,” she said.

Let’s do that math: If Ms. May were to propose, say, 200 amendments, at 15 minutes each, that would mean 50 hours of voting.

As noted yesterday, the New Democrats are promising to propose amendments while the bill is with the finance committee. And, as noted previously, the Liberals have suggested they could move separate motions to delete individual clauses of the bill. (Note: The budget contains more than 700 clauses.)

Beyond Parliament, a coalition of environmental organizations is planning on an online protest—similar to the SOPA protest—for June 4.


How to make passing a bill as difficult as possible

  1. Mps working together against Stephen harper for the good of the parliamentary system and Canada itself. Godspeed you all.

  2. Glad to know that Harper is not the only one who can game the system.

    Look for Conservative accusations of “subverting democracy” to fill up their talking points.

  3. So May wants to bring the filibuster to Canada? I guess she loves to export her American values.

    • Actually this was done in Ontario some years ago….it’s quite Canadian, and not a filibuster.

      She moved to Canada in 1972… what point does someone become a Canadian?

      • Yes, but she was already 17 years old, by which time the filibuster would have been irrevocably embedded in her psyche.

      • Of course it’s a filibuster, by the definition of filibuster.

          • Oh Elizabeth and your Ancient Roman values.

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          • Wow, you actually managed to agree with me. Inadvertently, I’m sure.

    • Damn Yankees
      I bet next she’ll launch Ignatieff attack ads.

  4. “YOU can’t beat majority government .” is the main reason why omnibus bill was created and also the belief of David Wilks-like MPs.

  5. Here we go more time wasting by a bunch of blow hard incompetents. They want to spew their junk science on Canadians so they can waste more money on useless junk when the forces NEED updated equipment