Tory vote against sending RCMP privilege breach to committee an ‘incremental step’ toward government control over Parliament: NDP

The government decision to have all its MPs vote against an NDP motion calling for a review of a breach of privilege by the Procedure and House Affairs Committee, after House Speaker Andrew Scheer invited the motion on grounds that unimpeded access to Parliament for MPs 'merits immediate consideration,' is a concern in the wake of a government decision earlier this year to radically change Parliament’s security conventions and history by giving command of the Senate and Commons security services to the RCMP, says NDP MP David Christopherson.

House Speaker Andrew Scheer ruled that MPs' privileges were breached when RCMP officers did not allow MPs onto the Parliamentary grounds. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 13, 2015 1:59 AM

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