Legislative backlog prompts move to midnight sittings of Commons
OTTAWA – Members of Parliament will be burning the midnight oil next month as the Trudeau government rushes to pass a host of bills before the summer break. Government House leader Bardish Chagger has served notice of a motion to extend daily sitting hours for the House of Commons until midnight, starting the week of May 29 and continuing until June 23.
The move comes amid criticism that, as of today, the Liberals have passed only 19 government bills since taking power in November 2015, a skimpy legislative record compared to previous governments, including Stephen Harper’s Conservative regime.
Of the 53 bills the government has introduced, 15 of them have languished for months – up to a year or more in a couple of cases – without proceeding beyond the formality of first reading.