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Liberal majority wants greater control over timing in the House

The motion would also make it harder for the opposition to surprise the government like they did on Monday


 
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, January 25, 2016. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons January 25, 2016. (Chris Wattie, Reuters)

OTTAWA — The Liberals are trying to change the rules of the parliamentary game to give their majority government even more power over how and when things happen in the House of Commons.

Government House leader Dominic LeBlanc has filed notice of a motion that would give Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet more control over the ins and outs of parliamentary business.

If the Liberals get their way, a day in the House of Commons would not end — and the summer break would not begin — until a cabinet minister or parliamentary secretary moves to adjourn proceedings.

The motion would also make it harder for the opposition to surprise the government like they did on Monday, when the Liberals had to scramble to their seats for a snap vote on proposed changes to Air Canada legislation.

The Conservatives and New Democrats are accusing the Liberals of being undemocratic.

Conservative House leader Andrew Scheer says he’s never seen anything like it before.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says the Liberals are trying to put Parliament in a straitjacket.

 


 
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