Sad when a Conservative Senator has to do the job that opposition MPs should be doing.
My least favourite parts of this article:
“Given the state of politics right now, it effectively silences debate by the opposition parties,” he said. “If they ever wanted to ram something through without full House attention and public awareness, this is the way to do it.”
The House finance committee approved the bill without amendment on Thursday after the Liberals kept one MP away from all votes to ensure no sections were defeated. Liberals argue the tactic was consistent with their position that while they oppose the budget, they do not want to trigger an election.
The NDP tried last month to give the House finance committee the power to split the bill, but the attempt fell short in a 133-128 vote.
Liberal senator and finance committee member Pierrette Ringuette said she’s “not impressed” by her party’s position in the House, and said the bill can be split without sending Canadians to the polls. She has written to MPs asking them to split the bill before sending it to the Senate.
“Opposition MPs voting together can stop this abuse,” Mr. Murray said. “Non-government supporters in the Senate should be able to round up enough votes to do so if the opposition parties in the Commons, again, fail in their duty.”