Liberals relying more on ‘omnibus’ bills to fulfil promises before 2019 election, say observers, critics
By Charelle EvelynApr. 11, 2018
A ‘broad spectrum’ of issues are being tackled in limited time, the government House leader says, but critics say the Liberals are resorting to tactics they campaigned against.
Responsible for shepherding bills through the House, Government House Leader Bardish Chagger’s office is defending itself against accusations that it's been moving too slowly to pass legislation. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
With the clock ticking down to the next election, the Liberal government is increasingly being accused of tabling “omnibus” legislation, as it puts forward big bills to fulfil its ambitious agenda.
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