Liberals, NDP vote to compel final hours of debate on fall economic statement

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OTTAWA — The fall economic statement is expected to pass Wednesday after the Liberals and NDP voted to force the final few hours of debate required on the bill.

The motion to push C-8 to its conclusion passed about 12 hours after the two parties also voted to pass a Liberal motion making it easier to push debate on legislation along in general.

Kevin Lamoureux, the parliamentary secretary to the Liberal House leader, says there is frustration among some parties that legislation isn't moving very quickly.

He insists the motion passed Monday will only be used when another party agrees with the Liberals that a piece of legislation needs to move faster and says the Conservatives are actively trying to slow down the legislative process.

Conservative House leader John Brassard says the motion gives the Liberals way too much power to disrupt the House sitting schedule, force last minute late-night sittings and could even adjourn the House entirely to the fall on a whim.

The fall economic statement was introduced almost five months ago and needs to pass so some teachers, farmers and small businesses can get refunded for new tax credits it will create for the tax year that just ended.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2022.

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