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Smashing the time allocation record

A new standard for limiting debate

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Through the first two years of its majority mandate, the Harper government has now invoked time allocation to limit debate on 49 occasions, while the New Democrats count another five uses of closure. That puts the Conservatives well past all previously acknowledged records for time allocation and leaves them on pace to perhaps reach 100 uses of time allocation before the next election.

I return to Francois Plante’s observation about the early parliaments and why there didn’t seem to be any need then for formal time limits.

This came up as a point of discussion between Megan Leslie and Peter Van Loan on CTV last night.