The clock is ticking for the federal government’s hallmark legislation to legalize marijuana.
With the House of Commons set to rise for summer recess on Friday, the government is facing down a time crunch to get its bill through the Senate – again – for final approval before it goes on to receive royal assent and become law.
A Conservative filibuster on Thursday night cost the government a day of debate on the bill.
Two more hours of debate took place on Monday before the members voted to send it to the Senate, but the question now is whether the government will be able to get it through the Red Chamber, where it faces continued opposition given the government’s rejection of several key Senate amendments, within the next five days.
Officials have accused the Conservatives both in the House of Commons and the Senate of stalling the bill, but acknowledged that every attempt they have made so far is entirely within the rules.
So, what options does the government have now?