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See them in September

The House adopts motion on MP expenses before adjourning


 

The House of Commons adjourned last night for the summer break, but as part of the agreement to do so, the House approved the NDP’s motion to have the Procedure and House Affairs committee study an overhaul of the oversight of MP expenses.

The House also managed to establish Sable Island as a national park after some bi-partisan maneuvering.

It became a waiting game. May guarded the House to make sure no further fast-tracking motions were proposed. When she left for a meeting, Plamondon covered for her. The two have done this for each other in the past.

Other MPs knew it, and when Plamondon ducked into the lobby for a moment, Conservative MP Mike Wallace quickly proposed another motion to move up the Sable vote. With May and Plamondon absent, it received unanimous consent. The bill received final approval just before the House rose for the summer break Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, Devinder Shory’s bill was returned to the House without Jason Kenney’s amendments.

The Senate will sit awhile longer and the Globe reports that Russ Hiebert’s bill on union disclosure might be amended by Conservative senators.


 

See them in September

  1. Good thing we weren’t deciding to go to war or anything.

  2. how much you want to bet that that somehow or another the usual gang of harepr haters will find a way to blame this on Harper ?

    • Nah. Harper himself has told Canadians that he hasn’t got a sniff about what goes on in his own offices, so we can’t blame him for anything. He knows nothing. Blameless victim, is our prime minister.

      Now, tell us what harper lovers think, Wayne.

  3. Lizzie May has become a joke.
    Keep her in Saltspring Island.
    Build a beaver damn.

    • Any objective observer would have to disagree. May has been the most parliamentary of parliamentarians, raising issues of substance that are a concern to many Canadians and willing to work with other parties. She has also participated in debate respectfully, in contrast to your drive-by unsubstantiated insult.

      • Well, if she wants my respect, the next time 99.7 % of our representatives choose to create a national park on a deserted island, then she should just sit in the corner and not prevent democracy in action.

        • “Democracy in action” means using whatever parliamentary instruments you have at hand to press your concerns, not just capitulating to the majority view, however overwhelming.

          This actually illustrates a huge flaw in our electoral system because many Canadians, certainly more than .3%, are concerned about the precedent of allowing mineral exploration on or under a national park.

          Without Elizabeth May in parliament, our view would have been completely unrepresented. As it is, it was only just grossly underrepresented.