NDP tables motion to split the budget bill

New Democrats urge the Conservative government to remove articles relating to public sector employee relations and changes to workplace health and safety regulations from the budget bill so that it can be thoroughly studied.

Official Opposition Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta) tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

  • “That notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, clauses 125 to 158, 176 to 203, 277, 278 and 294 to 470 related to public sector employee relations and sweeping changes to workplace health and safety regulations, be removed from Bill C-4, a second act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures, and do compose Bill C-9; that Bill C-9 be deemed read a first time and be printed; that the order for second reading of the said bill provide for the referral to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; that Bill C-4 retain the status on the Order Paper that it had prior to the adoption of this Order; that Bill C-4 be reprinted as amended; and that the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel be authorized to make any technical changes or corrections as may be necessary to give effect to this motion.”