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Conservatives use marathon midnight House sittings, majority to push eight bills through Commons

Liberals were indicating on Wednesday they were ready to end one of the most intense series of Commons sittings since the Conservatives took power in 2006, and also pointed out that, because of the government midnight-sitting strategy and its time allocation tactics, there did not appear to be a lot left to do.

The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The House has been sitting until midnight Monday to Thursday since May 21.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The Conservatives have used their majority to rush eight government bills through the House of Commons into the Senate and another two government bills from the Senate through the Commons ready to become law, since Government House Leader Peter Van Loan forced the House into daily midnight sittings three weeks ago.

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Conservatives use marathon midnight House sittings, majority to push eight bills through Commons

Liberals were indicating on Wednesday they were ready to end one of the most intense series of Commons sittings since the Conservatives took power in 2006, and also pointed out that, because of the government midnight-sitting strategy and its time allocation tactics, there did not appear to be a lot left to do.

The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The House has been sitting until midnight Monday to Thursday since May 21.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The Conservatives have used their majority to rush eight government bills through the House of Commons into the Senate and another two government bills from the Senate through the Commons ready to become law, since Government House Leader Peter Van Loan forced the House into daily midnight sittings three weeks ago.

  

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Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

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NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

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Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

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Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

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An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

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More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

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Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

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The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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