Tories go behind closed-doors in House committee to kill opposition motion to prevent omnibus bills

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 By Tim Naumetz, The Hill Times, 4 October 2012

The governing Conservative MPs used their majority clout on a House of Commons committee Thursday to take the panel behind closed doors before voting down an opposition proposal to restrict the kind of omnibus legislation that sparked a 22-hour marathon of opposition voting last June in protest against the government’s massive bill implementing the federal budget.

The vote on a Conservative motion to take the committee in camera to deal with a motion from Liberal MP Marc Garneau (Westmount-Ville Marie, Que.) calling for a review of omnibus legislation, with the goal of establishing new House orders to limit its use, was the last battle in a Parliamentary war that began soon after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (Oshawa-Whitby, Ont.) tabled his budget implementation bill last April 26. (…)

Because of in-camera secrecy rules for House committees, neither opposition nor government MPs could disclose what occurred behind the closed doors of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee Thursday, when Mr. Garneau’s motion was defeated, but after the session the motion was no longer on the committee schedule. (…)

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