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Conservatives have opportunity to filibuster budget Monday, launch voting marathon in June

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The opposition can choose from a handful of procedural manoeuvres if it wants to further delay the government's legislative agenda in the House, as it pushes the Liberals to exempt former ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from their cabinet confidence secrecy obligation.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, pictured March 19, 2019, after walking out of the House on budget day, flanked by his Conservative MPs and former Liberal MP Leona Alleslev, has vowed to use any and all options available to the opposition to put pressure on the government as the parliamentary session winds down. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Conservatives have a handful of procedural tactics at their disposal as they try to pressure the governing Liberals to free two former ministers to speak out about the PMO and SNC-Lavalin scandal, including a chance on Monday to start a filibuster of the government’s budget, and an opportunity to force another marathon, overnight voting session in the House if the political scuffle carries on into June.

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