The NDP says it will no longer stand by and watch as the Conservatives “shut down” debate on its budget bill, as a coalition of environmental groups launches a national ad campaign to protest proposed changes to environmental laws in the bill.
In an interview airing on CBC Radio’s The House on Saturday, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said the party is reaching “a breaking point” with such behaviour from the government, and is contemplating “legal” as well as “parliamentary” options.
“This is the 18th time that the Conservatives have invoked closure; it’s unprecedented,” Mulcair told host Evan Solomon.
Conservative MPs voted last week to limit debate on the 431-page budget implementation bill, leaving all MPs with less than a week to debate it at second reading stage before it heads to committee.
Conservative MPs justified the vote by saying there will be “more debate” on this bill than the Liberals ever had on any of their budget bills.
“We can’t have a Parliament that’s not open to the public that elected it,” said Mulcair, adding that “as the Official Opposition, we’re going to have to take some tough decisions in the coming weeks and months.” Read more …