Omnibus Budget Bill Infects House of Commons

The government’s enormous omnibus budget bill was tabled on Wednesday which led to a massive aggression between the Conservative and NDP MPs, as they used ‘unparliamentary language’ and inappropriate signs during the session of House of Commons. The controversial Bill C-45 was approved at report stage on Tuesday night after a six-hour voting session.

However, later on Wednesday NDP House Leader, Nathan Cullen, spoke against the voting and urged the house to retake the final and key vote, out of the 46 separate votes, that happened Tuesday. Cullen demanded a retake of Minister of Finance’s vote, which was not present in his chair at the time. The video recording of the session of the House of Commons cameras exposed an apparently fiery exchange of words between Government House Leader, Peter Van Loan, and Cullen. The video did not have an audio support, but Van Loan could be clearly being seen crossing the floor to argue with Cullen. Van Loan was caught on camera kneeling down and pointing fingers at Cullen.

Later Cullen was speaking to news sources when he revealed that Van Loan used such language which could not be repeated on TV. Liberal MP Ralph Goodale was present in the session at the time of the incident, but he claims to be so far away from the action that he could not hear properly. Goodale alleged that “the body language was very unparliamentary.” Goodale mentioned that at one-point he turned to the sergeant-at-arms and stated that “we may need you.” It was, said Goodale, “a nasty little set-to.”

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