No slumber party for the House of Commons
No sleepover, not even a decent snooze at the environment committee Wednesday.
The Opposition, led by the NDP's Nathan Cullen, were planning an all night session at the environment committee.
They were hoping to wear down the government members who have been filibustering a private member's bill for almost 19 hours.
All the props were in place, a room for MP's to sleep in, complete with sleeping bags, coffee maker and inspiring environmental literature to while away the hours.
They also rallied the Sierra Club Youth wing who appeared with sleeping bags to camp out on the floor of the committee room and the Raging Grannies who showed up with a song poking fun at Environment Minister John Baird.
It's all aimed at the Conservatives who are trying to block a private members bill by NDP leader Jack Layton that would commit Canada to aggressive cuts in green house gas emissions after the Kyoto accord ends in 2012. They say it's unrealistic because there's no cost estimate and promise to block it.
Yesterday the Tories scored a small victory.
The committee was suspended for a vote in the House of Commons. All the Conservative MP's including Chairman Bob Mills rushed back from the vote ahead of the opposition, sat down, declared there was no quorum and adjourned the meeting.
End of the opposition sleep over.
But the committee did agree to something before that all happened.
They passed a motion to go back to the House of Commons to ask for a review of outdated rules governing House of Commons committees that allow them to get bogged down.
That probably won't amuse the Speaker Peter Milliken who recently warned several committees were verging on anarchy and ordered them to get their act together.
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