Opposition cries foul
OTTAWA The Conservatives agreed to send their hefty second budget bill to a number of parliamentary committees on Wednesday, but opposition MPs say this is far from enough.
During a House of Commons debate late Wednesday, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair accused the government of misrepresenting rafts of changes embedded in the bill, which is mo adidas flux re than 400 pages long.
The government second budget implementation bill, which was t adidas flux abled in the House last week, will now be reviewed by transport, aboriginal affairs, agriculture, environment, fisheries, justice, public safety, human resources, citizenship and finance committees.
But opposition MPs will still face a single vote on the legislation containing a number of provisions, including ch adidas flux anges to pensions, taxes and the environment.
are still being forced to vote yay or nay on a massive piece of legislation that includes a number of measures, some of which are intelligent and positive, but the majority of which are not, said interim Liberal leader Bob Rae.
The Liberals and NDP have hammered the government on reforms in the legislation, including changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, and have called for separate votes on different strands of the bill.
Proposed changes in the act include allowing construction of bridges, dams and other projects without approval from the feds. The Tories claim the terms in the act apply to navigation despite environmental references built into it.
“It has never been a law to protect the environment, because it is not an environmental law, Tory MP Pierre Poilievre said in the House last week. “In essence, they protect navigation, not the environment.”
MPs will continue debate on the second budget bill on Thursday morning.
Last spring, opposition parties requested the government first bill be split up into separate parts for review but the government rejected the request.