Vive Le Canada

Motion to limit PM's prorogation power passes
Date: Friday, March 19 2010
Topic: Canadian Politics


Opposition members of Parliament joined together Wednesday to pass a motion that would prevent the prime minister from proroguing Parliament for longer than seven days unless supported by the House.



Opposition members of Parliament joined together Wednesday to pass a motion that would prevent the prime minister from proroguing Parliament for longer than seven days unless supported by the House.


The motion, introduced by NDP Leader Jack Layton and passed by a vote of 139 to 135, is not considered binding, however.

http://www.cbc.ca/politics/story/2010/03/17/layton-prorogue.html


Hmmm! 274 votes cast, out of 308.  That leaves 34 not accounted for.  Who were they?


However, it is moot.  Non-binding means it is an impotent gesture, and really all it does is allow the "opposition" to say they've done something, and continue to collect their paycheques ("truncated" though they may be, what with a temporary freeze on increases).







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