Limiting Legalization Debate in the House of Commons

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Last month, Liberal House Leader Bardish Chagger said the Liberal government is resorting to “time allocation” to ram through their agenda.

Essentially, this means limiting the amount of time the House of Commons can study and debate government legislation, like the legalization of cannabis.

While in opposition the Liberals criticized this practice when used by the Harper government, but now that they’re in power, the tables have turned.

Liberals say this “time allocation” tool is necessary because opposition parties have rejected their recent reform proposals to “modernize” the House of Commons by making it even less transparent.

The Liberals wanted the House to take Friday’s off, remove the opposition’s power to filibuster, and remove the ability for the opposition parties to create an all-party committee that would determine how long each individual piece of legislation should be debated.

Unable to ram through these rules, the Liberals abandoned some of the more controversial aspects of their proposals. But they are still committed to limiting and creating a question period solely for the prime minister, and they want reforms in parliamentary committee rules.

At the end of the day, the Liberals are engaging in the same practices the Conservatives were known for, undermining transparency and accountability.

From Mulroney to Chrétien to Martin to Harper and now Trudeau — the corruption gets worse. Power monarchs could only have dreamed of.

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