Chief Government Whip Mark Holland says the party was hoping to strike the Procedure and House Affairs Committee last week, but opposition had not reached a consensus.
Conservative Whip Mark Strahl, left, and NDP House Leader Peter Julian, pictured in 2017 at a Board of Internal Economy Committee meeting, say the issue the NDP raised about ensuring all recognized parties are represented on steering committees has since been resolved. The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Liberals and opposition parties have agreed to give the NDP representation on all steering committees, an ask that the Conservatives’ whip says had delayed the process of setting up committees.
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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.'