Speaker says precedent-setting $7-billion budget vote can go ahead
By Samantha Wright AllenJun. 13, 2018
If the $7-billion central vote passes with the main estimates on Thursday, former PBO Kevin Page says it represents ‘a new low’ for Parliament's financial oversight system.
Running out of time and options, NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says he's still exploring ways to combat the $7-billion allocation included in the main estimates vote scheduled for Thursday. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says he’s exhausted almost every procedure in the book to stop a controversial $7-billion budget vote, but after a Monday night House Speaker’s ruling, he’s not sure what else to do.
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