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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.

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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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