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NDP planning historic, secret vote in House to keep private member’s bill from sinking

By Laura Ryckewaert      

NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson plans to appeal an expected decision to deem her PMB non-voteable through a secret ballot vote in the House, an option never-before exercised by an MP.

NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson pictured speaking to media in Centre Block recently. Ms. Malcolmson is fighting back after learning that her private member's bill is in jeopardy. Photograph courtesy of Sheila Malcolmson's Facebook
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NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson is looking to dust off a never-before-used parliamentary manoeuvre in an effort to keep her private member’s bill on abandoned vessels from fading into legislative oblivion. Ms. Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith, B.C.) plans to become the first MP in Canadian history to trigger a vote by secret ballot in the House over an expected report from a House committee deeming her bill ineligible for a vote, effectively killing it. That was the recommendation of the Procedure

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