After 156 roll call votes and 23-and-a-half hours of straight voting, opposition MPs say they made their point on budget bill.
Opposition's 1,000 amendments 'pure posturing,' says Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, before preparing for a marathon voting session in the House of Commons.
But when the Finance Committee’s report on Bill C-38 comes up for debate this week, the opposition parties won’t have a united front to kill the bill.
The government’s sweeping Budget Implementation Act will change 70 laws, but opposition MPs plan to fight it.
The government’s priorities will be to pass the Budget Implementation Bill, the Immigration and Refugee Reform Bill, the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Bill, the Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, and the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement.
But opposition MPs say feds listened to business, not creative interests, and that if Senate doesn’t amend the bill, it could be open to court challenges.
The NDP flew solo last week in an effort to force the feds to split up the bill. NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen says his party has no obligation to consult other parties.
But Environment Minister Peter Kent says the government is moving beyond Kyoto Protocol.
Green Leader Elizabeth May argues the NEB has always had the capacity to overrule findings by any of the review panels it establishes for projects such as the Northern Gateway, but the Budget Implementation Bill will assure investors that regardless of what happens, the Harper government will have the power to override any decision.
But government says ‘responsible resource development is a cornerstone’ of the budget.
The government will move on the budget implementation bill and on trade and copyright bills.
And how the next chapter is written could be crucial to determining its long-term fate, says Tory pundit Tim Powers.