Marathon voting session stalls pot bill, cancels Friday sitting of Commons

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OTTAWA — All work in the House of Commons has been put off until next week thanks to an all-night voting session that carried over into this morning.

The Conservatives forced the marathon of votes as a procedural stalling tactic to draw attention to their calls for Trudeau government to disclose how much its carbon price will cost Canadians.

MPs began voting on more than 200 spending measures lined up by the Conservatives at 10:30 p.m. Thursday and continued throughout the night and into the morning, ending just after 10 a.m.

The Tories had threatened to keep the votes going for 25 hours, but only lasted about 12, stretching it out just long enough to cancel Friday’s sitting.

Liberals contend the filibuster was not about carbon pricing but rather another attempt by the Conservatives to delay the government’s legislative agenda, including the marijuana legalization bill, which was supposed to be debated last night.

Government House leader Bardish Chagger says the fruitless night of voting stalled what she believes would have been more productive work in the Commons.

 

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The Canadian Press