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Harper government could be defeated this week

But Parliamentary expert Ned Franks not convinced of contempt, says solution is to fix government's secrecy problems, define 'Cabinet confidences.'

If the opposition parties find Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government in contempt of Parliament for the sake of political theatre over documents not provided to the House, the vote will mean nothing, says one of the country's leading experts on Parliament who is calling on MPs to reform what constitutes "Cabinet confidences" in order to prevent today's historic events from ever reoccurring.

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Harper government could be defeated this week

But Parliamentary expert Ned Franks not convinced of contempt, says solution is to fix government's secrecy problems, define 'Cabinet confidences.'

If the opposition parties find Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government in contempt of Parliament for the sake of political theatre over documents not provided to the House, the vote will mean nothing, says one of the country's leading experts on Parliament who is calling on MPs to reform what constitutes "Cabinet confidences" in order to prevent today's historic events from ever reoccurring.

  

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