Canadian House of Commons gets back
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October 19, 2007, updated 3:15 p.m.
OTTAWA — The
minority Conservative government is expected to survive two confidence votes
scheduled for next week.
Votes on the amendment to the throne speech and the throne
speech, which are confidence matters, will be anti-climatic after
Liberal leader Stephane Dion announced his intention not to
defeat the government.
The Bloc Quebecois subamendment to the throne speech was easily
defeated Thursday evening by a vote of 240 to 48. The Conservatives,
Liberals and NDP all voted against the Bloc's subamendment.
The Liberals' amendment to throne speech is expected to be defeated in the House of Commons
on Monday because the NDP has said it will
vote against it. The Liberal amendment blames the Conservatives
for Canada's shortfall in meeting its Kyoto commitment, calls for
the end to Canada's "combat mission" in Afghanistan in
2009 and recommends the government take action to combat poverty and
reduce corporate taxes.
When the main vote on the Conservative throne speech happens
Wednesday, the Bloc and the NDP will
vote against the government. The official opposition Liberals will
abstain on the vote in order to allow the government's speech to
pass and to avoid defeating the government.
The throne speech debate lasts six days and will continue through
Wednesday. After that the normal business of the House can
So far only one government bill has been
introduced -- Bill C-2 The Tackling Violent Crime Act.
bill is also a confidence matter, but the government is expected to
receive the support of at least one opposition party to pass the
bill. The opposition parties are not so much opposed to the content
of the omnibus bill, but rather to how the government has repackaged
The legislative agenda appears pretty thin at the moment, but
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday that more crime
legislation is coming in this session that will deal with identity
theft, mandatory penalties for serious drug crimes and amendments to
the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
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The House will deal with the following next week
Monday to Wednesday
Continued debate on the throne speech
No meetings scheduled.
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Bills the Conservative government tabled in this session of Parliament
C-2 — The Minister of Justice — An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts C-2
Status: Introduced and read the first time — October 18, 2007
This is the government's omnibus crime bill which Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has
declared a matter of confidence.
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