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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.

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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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