In Ottawa, a marathon voting session is continuing as opposition parties protest the Trudeau government’s efforts to shut down any further investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair. The stage for the all-nighter was set when the Liberal majority shot down a Conservative motion calling on the Prime Minister to let former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testify more fully about her allegations of improper pressure to drop a criminal prosecution against the Montreal engineering giant. The Conservative-sponsored filibuster is calling for 257 separate votes on items in the government’s spending estimates. Most of these votes are confidence votes, meaning the governing Liberals have to show up to vote because non-confidence could trigger an election. The Conservatives provided cots for some members to rest in between votes.
Yesterday Justin Trudeau lost yet another female from his roster. MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes announced she was stepping away from the party to sit as an independent. Caesar-Chavannes had been a vocal supporter recently of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, who resigned from the Liberal cabinet over the SNC-Lavalin affair.
Contains files from the Canadian Press
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