I’m told that Elizabeth May’s amendments to the budget bill now number more than 300. Peter Van Loan’s office says of the thousand clause deletions proposed by the New Democrats and Liberals, there are 571 that don’t overlap and the Bloc MPs apparently have 22 amendments.
C-38 will return to the House on Monday at noon. At that time, the Speaker is expected to announce which of the amendments and clause deletions will be voted on and how (some could be grouped together for a single vote). The House will then debate the budget bill. How long that debate lasts depends on how many people wish to speak to it and whether the government moves to limit debate. Eventually the House will proceed to the votes and a marathon of some length will ensue.
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