OPPOSITION BRIDLES AT SHORT TIME-LINE FOR ELECTION AMENDMENTS TO PASS

Apr 28, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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The heat was on again today as MP’s returned to the Commons after a two week break.

Question period saw heated exchanges over changes to the Harper government’s controversial elections overhaul.

Tom Mulcair – the NDP leader – says the announcement of some major amendments is just not good enough and he slammed the democratic reform minister for failing to completely fix the bill.

A commons committee dominated by Tories wrapped up testimony from witnesses today and will take the next three days to delve into the amendments.

The changes include a move to put a stricter term limit on the chief electoral officer.

The Conservatives say almost 300 amendments to Bill C-23 have been submitted – comprising hundreds of pages to be voted on in committee – by the end of business on Thursday.

The opposition NDP calls the short time-line “a farce.”

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