Found in contempt

Steven Harper

The Spec, 22 March 2011

The Harper government has been found in contempt of Parliament by an opposition-dominated House of Commons committee. But it may yet dodge the ignominy of becoming the first government in the Commonwealth to be formally cited with contempt.

Various procedural manoeuvres could ensure the committee’s report doesn’t come to a vote in the Commons this week.

Should the minority Conservative government fall over votes related to Tuesday’s budget or a Liberal non-confidence motion Friday, the contempt report would become a dead letter and opposition parties would lose a potent cudgel with which to beat the Tories during a campaign. [...]

 

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