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Same old, same old

TE“Some are better, and some are worst, but in the end they are all the same.”


A question I haven’t heard in the comments on Mr. Trudeau’s action is Why was he out of his chair in the first place? The complete and total hypocrisy of any comments from any member of the Conservative party is lost on them.

Just like what I recommend for dealing with confirmation of appointments should be done for legislation. There is a set period of time for debate. The Commons by super majorities can shorten that debate and by minorities lengthen that debate. Something like this.

  • Automatic vote on a bill 180 days after introduction, unless the following
  • By a vote of 90% of the full House (303) bill is voted on 30 days after introduction
  • By a vote of 75% of the full House (252) 60 days
  • By a vote of 67% of the full House (224) 90 days
  • By a vote of 60% of the full House (202) 120 days
  • By a vote of 50% of the full House (168) 360 days
  • By a vote of 33% of the full House (112) 270 days
  • By a vote of 25% of the full House (84) 240 days
  • By a vote of 10% of the full House (34) 210 days

The Liberals by themselves don’t have the votes to bring a bill to a vote faster then the set 180 days. The opposition combined could set a bill vote back to 9 months after being introduced. The conservatives alone could lengthen the debate to 8 months and the NDP by itself to 7 months. If the Liberals got the agreement of the NDP they could pass a bill 90 days after it being introduced and with the Conservatives 60 days after introduction.

The majority can’t ram through and the minority can’t block.

“The power of democracy is vested in the majority and in the minority it’s principle.” Barry Aulis


The power of Democracy is vested in the majority and in the minority it’s principle.


A reformed legislative process.


Legislative motions are either Bills or Resolutions.

Bills if passed by Parliament become Acts of Parliament and have the force of Law.

Resolutions are non-binding legislative motions that if passed by Parliament do not have the force of Law being only an official statement of Parliament.

Only the Council of Ministers (the Government) or Council of Opposition (the Opposition) can introduce Bills.

Resolutions can be introduced by 1% of the House membership or 4 members.

All legislative motions are introduced into the House of Commons.

On Monday all legislative motions are introduced into the House of Commons.

After any legislative motions are introduced notices of motion of closure are given for any legislative motions including the ones just introduced. This notice is given by the sponsor of that legislative motion.

On Tuesday without debate any motions of closure is voted upon. If passed any committee consideration of the legislative motion is stopped and all debate on the House floor for the legislative motion is ended. The legislative motion then goes up for a vote to pass the House of Commons in Legislative session which is every Wednesday afternoon at 1 PM.

To pass a motion of closure requires the following votes as a percentage of the full House.

Just introduced 100% 308 votes (Conservatives+NDP+Liberals+Others)

1 week after introduction 90% 278 votes (Conservatives+NDP+Liberals)

4 weeks after 75% 231 votes (Conservatives+NDP)

13 weeks 67% 206 votes (Conservatives+NDP or +Liberals+Others)

26 weeks 60% 185 votes (Conservatives+NDP or +Liberals)

39 weeks 50% 154 votes (Conservatives)

52 weeks 33% 103 votes (Conservatives or NDP+Liberals or NDP+Others)

On Wednesday the House of Commons goes into legislative session at 1 PM and votes to pass any legislative motions. The government and opposition each get 10 minutes to make a last speech on the Bill/resolution before the vote. If passed it goes to the Senate.

On Thursday the Senate of Canada goes into legislative session at 1 PM and votes on any legislative motions passed by the Commons on Wednesday. If nothing passed the House the Senate will be in regular session.

Any legislative motions that passed the Senate on Thursday are given royal assent on Friday by the Governor-General.

However you set the necessary votes for a motion of closure the two principles remain. The majority can not be blocked from passing something it has the votes for and the minority can not be ignored or overruled by a simple majority vote.

The power of Democracy is vested in the majority and in the minority it’s principle.