Liberals taking use of omnibus legislation to new extreme with release of budget bill, opposition says
The Liberal government is taking the controversial use of omnibus legislation to a new extreme with this week’s release of an 850-page budget bill, the opposition said Wednesday in asking the Speaker of the House of Commons to intervene.
In a speech peppered with past quotes from Liberal MPs condemning the use of omnibus budget bills while in opposition, NDP MP Peter Julian asked the Speaker to find the government in contempt of Parliament for failing to allow MPs to properly scrutinize the measures in the bill.
The government tabled the legislation late Monday afternoon as cabinet ministers held a news conference highlighting the bill’s pay equity provisions. However, the legislation includes a wide range of unrelated measures covering areas such as taxation, climate change, banking, consumer protection and land use rules on First Nation reserves.