Why doesn’t the House Affairs committee want to consider omnibus legislation?

After going in camera yesterday, the Procedure and House Affairs committee apparently decided to dismiss a motion from Liberal MP Marc Garneau that would have had the committee study the rules around omnibus legislation. Here is as much as the Liberal press office can say about what happened.

The motion, which called on the committee to “begin a study into what reasonable limits should be placed on the consideration of Omnibus legislation in recognition of Parliament’s fundamental purpose to provide appropriate oversight of the Government,” was still pending before yesterday’s secret in-camera meeting. So while Mr. Garneau is barred from discussing what happened at the meeting, we can say this – the Conservatives have a majority on PROC and this motion has now mysteriously disappeared from the order paper.

For the record, here is the full text of Mr. Garneau’s motion.

“That the Committee begin a study into what reasonable limits should be placed on the consideration of Omnibus legislation in recognition of Parliament’s fundamental purpose to provide appropriate oversight of the Government; and that the Committee report its findings, including specific recommendations for legislative measures or changes to the Standing Orders, to the House no later than Dec. 10, 2012″




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Why doesn’t the House Affairs committee want to consider omnibus legislation?

  1. I’m assuming the question was rhetorical?

  2. Unfortunately the only way such a motion would come to pass would be if the party in power adopted it.
    Good luck with that!

  3. Didn’t there used to be rules around when and why a committee could go in-camera? Like we have here at the local school board–where even if you go in-camera, you can only discuss specific things there and everything else MUST be public I doubt our Canadian parliament has rules quite that reasonable, but didn’t they at least used to have rules?

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