“So if we continue voting like this in the (House of Commons), there’ll be no b-day for me this year?” tweeted NDP MP Hoang Mai.
June 14, 2012 2:06 PM Subscribe
It is still June 13 for the Parliament of Canada
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, where voting has continued overnight on the "omnibus budget bill
), due to 159 separate amendment votes that have been forced by the opposition. None are likely to pass
, but the arduous process is meant to function as a protest
against legislation which many critics have argued
goes far beyond the scope of a traditional budget.Normally
, substantive amendments to legislation are proposed in the committee phase, and the amended legislation is brought before Parliament to be passed into law. But because Green Party leader Elizabeth May is both a standing MP and without a parliamentary caucus (one requires 12 MPs
), her only opportunity to offer substantive amendments is on the floor of the House. She proposed over 300.
The high quantity of substantive amendments limited the Speaker's ability to combine amendments into packages for voting: over 800 amendments total became 159 votes
on amendments of similar import, requiring the government to conduct 159 full roll calls of all 308 current MPs. The Conservatives must maintain a majority in Parliament for the full duration of voting, so as to not risk the passing of any unwanted changes. (In classic fashion, the Liberals attempted to compromise