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MPs from all sides divided on idea of electronic voting in House

By Laura Ryckewaert      

There are also some differing opinions on the value of axing Friday sittings.

Conservative MPs Scott Reid, Jamie Schmale, and Todd Doherty, pictured earlier this month preparing to resume the filibuster over a push from the Liberal government to reform the Standing Orders at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee. The filibuster had yet to conclude by the end of last week. The opposition MPs have filibustered for 80 hours total. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Introducing electronic voting to the House is one of a number of ideas for reform put forward by the Liberal government, but MPs are divided, with some in favour of it for the sake of efficiency while others prefer the tradition of standing for votes. “I really think it’s important for Members of Parliament to stand when they vote,” Conservative MP Michael Cooper (St. Albert-Edmonton, Alta.) told The Hill Times.  “When we stand in our place, Members tend to

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