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Canadian MPs head home for summer

[PoliticsWatch updated 6:35 p.m. June 20, 2007]

OTTAWA  — The spring session of the House of Commons will end Wednesday evening after the House approved a motion from the government to adjourn for the summer recess. 
 
The House is scheduled to return on September 17. 

A deal was reached after the government received support from the opposition parties to recall Parliament in the event Bill C-52, the budget implementation act, is returned to the House from the Senate. 

The controversial budget bill included changes to the equalization formula that angered Liberal Senators from Atlantic Canada, who have threatened to amend or defeat it in the upper chamber. 

If the Senate amends the budget, then it would have to be returned to the House where the finance minister would have to present a motion rejecting or accepting the amendments. 

The power to recall the House rests with the speaker, not the government, but Government House Leader Peter Van Loan successfully negotiated support for a rule change to allow the government to recall Parliament specifically if the budget bill is returned to the House during this summer. 

Van Loan had argued that if the budget bill remained in limbo during the summer recess than $4 billion in critical spending would be "lost."

Passage of the motion ended a day of back and forth when a deal to adjourn was reportedly on early in the afternoon, only to be called off later in the afternoon. The House was scheduled to adjourn on Friday. 

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