Leg­isla­tive back­log prompts move to mid­night sittings of Com­mons

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

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.

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