A coalition of Liberal and Bloc Quebecois Members of Parliament defeated two motions that would have expedited the passage of higher priority portions of the budget bill.
A motion, moved by Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party Peter MacKay would have accelerated the passage of the Atlantic Accord and commitments made by federal government to other provinces, including Quebec, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Territories, by splitting those provisions into stand alone legislation; and a motion moved by Conservative Finance Critic Monte Solberg would have split the Kyoto provisions into a separate bill, which would have allowed the other measures in the budget bill to circumvent the timeframe required to responsibly scrutinize the government’s controversial Kyoto provisions.
“The Liberal-Bloc coalition has slowed down the passage of key elements of C-43, like the Atlantic Accord, money for seniors and the gas tax transfer to the provinces by reinforcing their attachment to the bill’s Kyoto provisions. The Kyoto provisions will require more scrutiny than other less controversial parts of the bill” said Solberg. “That said, we will not obstruct Bill C-43 in committee. Rather, we will be responsible by studying and seeking amendments to elements that are not in the best interests of Canadians.”
Because I know how some people are, I won't rely on this as the sole source of the story.
Now, when Belinda Stronach left the Conservatives for the Liberals, she indicated that she was uncomfortable supporting the Bloc Quebecois.
Once I've done the research, I'll have a look at how she voted. Did she jump in bed with the separatists?
A slight update (Monday, June 6, 2005 - 2:50 PM):
Remember how in the above it was bad to remove things from the budget to put it into a separate piece of legislation?
From the National Post, Business to Martin: Spending is 'out of control':
Pat Breton, a spokesman for Mr. Goodale, insisted yesterday the tax cuts have not been eliminated, they have simply been put on a different "legislative track," separate from the budget. The corporate tax cuts, for instance, should still be implemented in 2008-09 as projected by the original budget, he said.
- Is it okay to flip flop on your personal beliefs so long as it supports your political ambition?