Liberals look to extend House hours, citing Conservative obstruction


Government House Leader Mark Holland says when MPs return to Ottawa subsequent week he’ll be advancing a movement to extend the House of Commons’ sitting hours, citing Conservative obstruction.

“We have an formidable legislative agenda,” Holland said in a series of tweets on Thursday. “Conservatives proceed to impede laws from coming to a vote… It’s parliamentary obstruction by stealth. Canadians deserve higher.” 

Holland says that Conservatives need extra time to debate items of laws, and increasing the sitting hours would enable that. However, there have been current previous examples the place the House has been set to sit till midnight debating a bill, and the talk wraps up a lot earlier within the night.

The movement would arrange “night sittings” and if handed, would stay in impact till June.

“Parliament works finest once we work collectively, not when one occasion stands in the best way of progress,” Holland mentioned.

Once the House resumes on Nov. 14 MPs are scheduled to sit straight by way of with out one other constituency break week till the Commons adjourns for the vacations in December. has reached out to the Conservatives and New Democrats for remark.

More to come.


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