‘It’s going to be a different exercise than it is through the House of Commons where I know most of my colleagues and can speak to them any time,’ says Liberal MP Colin Fraser.
There are eight MPs' private members' bills in the Senate. Five of them are Liberal bills, and the other three are from Conservatives. Conservative MP Todd Doherty, left, and Liberal MPs Chandra Arya, Colin Fraser, and Mark Gerretsen are among the MPs hoping to see their bills pass the Senate. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright, and courtesy of Chandra Arya and Mark Gerretsen.
MPs whose private members’ bills have passed into the Senate say they’re unsure what lies ahead for their legislation in an increasingly independent Senate.
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The special committee was created through a Conservative motion that was backed by the Liberals, Bloc, and NDP. Nearly half of the members of the committee are members of the International Trade Committee.