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Feds’ offer to send omnibus bill to 11 Commons committees 'a farce,' charge opposition MPs

The government’s offer to send portions of its second and controversial omnibus budget implementation bill to 11 Commons committees for detailed scrutiny has been exposed as 'window dressing,' and a 'farce,' opposition MPs say, as most of the committees have been able only to skim over key sections before beginning and completing their reviews by the end of this week.

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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Liberal MP Scott Brison, NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen, and NDP MP Olivia Chow, pictured in these file photos. Oppositions MPs say there isn't enough time to study the second budget implementation bill properly.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The government’s offer to send portions of its second and controversial omnibus budget implementation bill to 11 Commons committees for detailed scrutiny has been exposed as “window dressing,” and a “farce,” opposition MPs say, as most of the committees have been able only to skim over key sections before beginning and completing their reviews by the end of this week.

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Feds’ offer to send omnibus bill to 11 Commons committees 'a farce,' charge opposition MPs

The government’s offer to send portions of its second and controversial omnibus budget implementation bill to 11 Commons committees for detailed scrutiny has been exposed as 'window dressing,' and a 'farce,' opposition MPs say, as most of the committees have been able only to skim over key sections before beginning and completing their reviews by the end of this week.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Liberal MP Scott Brison, NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen, and NDP MP Olivia Chow, pictured in these file photos. Oppositions MPs say there isn't enough time to study the second budget implementation bill properly.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The government’s offer to send portions of its second and controversial omnibus budget implementation bill to 11 Commons committees for detailed scrutiny has been exposed as “window dressing,” and a “farce,” opposition MPs say, as most of the committees have been able only to skim over key sections before beginning and completing their reviews by the end of this week.

  
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Fourth of July party at U.S. ambassador's residence July 6, 2015

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The dance floor was packed all evening, as The Digs played an assortment of Motown tunes. Even the Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards got in on the fun.

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U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, joined by his wife, Vicki, and Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson and his wife, Arlene.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, with his wife Arlene and Mr. and Mrs. Heyman.

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U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman getting down on the dance floor, as Donna Chevrier, owner of Ola Cocina restaurant, looks on.

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Bruce and Vicki Heyman, joined onstage by their two daughters, Liza and Caroline.

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Bruce and Vicki Heyman testing out one of the vintage cars on display.

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Cakes from Eli's Cheesecake were flown in from Chicago just for the event—salted caramel, chocolate chip and blackberry sour cream. Shockingly, no pie was served at these Fourth of July festivities.

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