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NDP denies unanimous consent for several House committees to travel after Tories reject cross-country House Affairs Committee hearings on controversial election overhaul bill

The NDP has broken with House of Commons convention to deny unanimous consent for travel outside Ottawa by more than a half-dozen House committees, in response to the government’s refusal to allow Parliamentary hearings across Canada on the government’s new bill with sweeping changes to federal election law.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
NDP MP Nathan Cullen took the unprecedented step Wednesday of blocking a routine government request for committee travel approval. The NDP protest prevented House approval for seven committee trips across Canada and abroad, including trips by the Finance Committee to Washington, D.C., and New York City for budget consultations, trips to Chile and Peru by the International Trade Committee in a study of free trade, and travel within Canada for a review of rail safety by the House Transport Committee, along with travel by other committees within the country.

 

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NDP denies unanimous consent for several House committees to travel after Tories reject cross-country House Affairs Committee hearings on controversial election overhaul bill

The NDP has broken with House of Commons convention to deny unanimous consent for travel outside Ottawa by more than a half-dozen House committees, in response to the government’s refusal to allow Parliamentary hearings across Canada on the government’s new bill with sweeping changes to federal election law.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
NDP MP Nathan Cullen took the unprecedented step Wednesday of blocking a routine government request for committee travel approval. The NDP protest prevented House approval for seven committee trips across Canada and abroad, including trips by the Finance Committee to Washington, D.C., and New York City for budget consultations, trips to Chile and Peru by the International Trade Committee in a study of free trade, and travel within Canada for a review of rail safety by the House Transport Committee, along with travel by other committees within the country.

 

  

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

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. 

Anne Marie Creskey

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. 

Anne Marie Creskey

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

Anne Marie Creskey

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

Anne Marie Creskey

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

Anne Marie Creskey

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. 

Anne Marie Creskey

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

Anne Marie Creskey

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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