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October 24th, 2013

NDP tables motion to remove appointment of Supreme Court judges from budget bill

New Democrats are urging the Conservative government to conduct a proper study of Bill C-4 and to remove the appointment of Supreme Court judges from the budget implementation bill.

Official Opposition Justice Critic Françoise Boivin (Gatineau) tabled the following motion in the House of Commons:

“That notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, clauses 471 and 472 related to the appointment of justices to the Supreme Court, 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-6; that Bill C-6 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 Justice and Human Rights; 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.”