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MPs arranging to get rapidly-ailing Liberal MP Bélanger into House for Friday’s vote on his gender neutral national anthem bill

By Rachel Aiello      
According to the procedural rules governing private members' bills, Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, who is dying of ALS, has to be physically present in the House at the start of the scheduled hour of debate to move the motion for the adoption of his bill at report stage, if no amendments are sought. MPs are trying to get him into the House on Friday.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

PARLIAMENT HILL—Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, who is dying of ALS, will try to be in the House on Friday so MPs can move ahead on his controversial private member’s bill which would make Canada's national anthem gender neutral. His colleagues say Mr. Bélanger's condition has become “quite serious” and that it might be the last time he will be able to come in to work, even if it requires him to be carried in for the Commons vote. The government

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