May 29, 2018
By Michael Kramer
Members of Parliament will burn the midnight oil for the next month – as the federal government embarks on the annual scramble to tie up legislative loose ends – before Parliament breaks for the summer.
The Trudeau government has paved the way for the House of Commons to sit until midnight each day – except Fridays, beginning tonight.
The government invoked closure to end debate – and force a vote later this evening – on a motion to extend sitting hours – which has become something of an annual ritual – used by both Liberal and Conservative governments – to push through bills before the summer break.
Bills must also be passed by the Senate to become law – but senators frequently sit a week or two longer than the Commons – before taking the summer off.