Apr 28, 2014
By Michael Kramer
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.”