The Liberal government has withdrawn a procedural motion that was deemed controversial. The motion would have given the government more control over business done at the parliamentary level.
Government House leader Dominic LeBlanc said the Liberals have listened to the comments of the opposition.
If passed, a cabinet minister or parliamentary secretary would have been required to adjourn proceedings in the House of Commons.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Trudeau rose in the House of Commons Thursday morning to apologize again for his role in a scuffle Wednesday.
Justin Trudeau got out of his seat to go and grab Conservative Party Whip Gord Brown, and pull him to his spot ahead of a vote the Liberals are anxious to take place.
In the process he bumped into MP Ruth Ellen-Brosseau with his elbow, who says she was so shocked by the whole incident that she couldn’t stay for the vote.
He told the house Thursday that he shouldn’t have gone down there in the first place. “In my haste I did not pay attention to my surroundings, and as a result I made physical contact with the member for Berthier-Maskinongé, something I regret profoundly, for which I apologize unreservedly and which should absolutely not have happened.”
Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose spoke about the incident, she says it showed how the Liberals feel about the opposition trying to hold a debate. Ambrose says she’s glad the motion was withdrawn.
“We were here to vote on how much longer, we, as members of parliament would be allowed to speak on the government’s assisted suicide bill. On a fundamental matter of conscience for millions of Canadians, including all of us in this chamber, the government has moved, once again, to shut down debate.”
Trudeau maintains that he was just trying to help Brown get through a throng of MPs that had gathered on the floor. (kdr)