Update: Government Inundated on C-38


The Conservative government’s budget implementation bill enraged the opposition when it was presented. A 452 page bill affecting all sorts of legislation that would only go through the Finance Committee.

The opposition tried unsuccessfully to get the government to split the bill so each section would go to the appropriate committee, for example, the changes to environmental assessment laws would go to the Environment committee for review and debate.

The government, arguing that the opposition would vote against each measure whether separate or a whole, declined to break up the massive bill.

Faced with a majority government, the opposition parties have opted to do their best to delay the bill while they try to build up public outcry that may cause the government to rethink. Together, the New Democrats, Liberals and the independent sitting members from the Bloc Quebecois and the Green Party have put forward over 871 amendments to the budget bill, C-38.  The speaker has grouped these and the speaker’s office expects between 67 and 159 votes. MPs could see over 50 hours of sitting to get through them all.

Green Party Leader, and the only member of that party in the House of Commons, Elizabeth May told the National Post that she plans to move upward of 300 amendments herself.

Opposition MPs are preparing for a marathon, knowing that each vote on an amendment could be declared a vote of confidence in the government, and if the Conservatives fail to keep a majority of members in the house during the time the filibuster is taking place, they could lose a vote on the content of their budget.


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Photo of Elizabeth May from Gordon McDowell


Magdalena J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!

Deborah Vitek
Deborah Vitek5 years ago

Harper can't be out of office soon enough. He obviously is in the back pockets of corporations and most likely the U.S. as he is doing everything that Reagan instituted that started the down fall of the U.S. I can't begin to imagine how stupid this man must be if he cannot see that the environment and lowering the population are the absolutely most important issues in THE WORLD.....but not one leader sees this, so apparently they are all blinded by rhetoric and greed. So very, very sad. Canada is a wonderful country, but I'm not sure it can stand three more years of the idiot.....it will just be U.S. north by that time.

Edith B.
Edith B5 years ago

Good luck, Canada.

Julie D.
Julie D5 years ago

@ Michael M: The same thing happens in the USA. They take a really good bill and lump it together with another one that is unconscionably horrible taht it could never be passed on it;'s own merit, so that the trade off of passing the good part is not worth the horror of accepting the other. This way nothing gets passed and nothing gets done. It is all a big game to try to make our President look ineffectual, when none of that is his doing. Slick, weasely, wealthy lawyer politicians make me sick, we need Patriots not politicians in office on both of countries!

Alan G.
Alan G5 years ago

This isn't really a budget, it is a budget plus a whole bunch of other items the conservatives want to push through.

Chris Cole
Chris C5 years ago

Greed is world-wide~

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

This is disgusting. Another reason we need an election!

darlene r.
darlene r5 years ago

Harper is one of these characters that wont listen to anyone, he is domineering and a bully, not the kind of person we need running a country, lets just send all our well wishes to the opposition and hope they can protect us to some extent until we can hopefully get rid of this crack pot.

Susan B.
Susan B5 years ago

Well folks, you get what you vote for!
Wake up Canadians and USE your vote. Be thankful you live in a democratic country.
The next election isn't for 3 more years. Do some thinking before then and don't make this awful mistake again!

Linda W.
Linda W5 years ago

Thank goodness for people like Elizabeth May and all of those in the opposition who are trying their best to stop this outrage.