'If you show up five minutes late at a meeting at work, you’ll probably get a stern look,' says Chief Government Whip Mark Holland. 'Whereas in our line of work, if you’re five minutes late, you could cost the government.'
Chief Government Whip Mark Holland, pictured with Liberal Party president Suzanne Cowan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says 'the allowance to be away from Parliament or allowance for your attention to waver in committees or House proceedings isn’t there.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
With a minority Parliament set to begin on Thursday, the chief government whip is hopeful there will be limited backdoor maneuvering by parties when it comes down to casting votes.
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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'