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Speaker grants NDP request for separate votes on Tory omnibus motion

House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer has handed the New Democrats a partial victory in their battle against the government's bid to write itself a blank cheque to bring back bills that died on the Order Paper at prorogation. 

Although Scheer declined to split the motion as requested by NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen, he agreed that the provisions related to the reinstatement of government bills were sufficiently "broad and blanket" to deserve a separate vote. 

The upshot?  

Opposition MPs will be now be free to support non-contentious proposals to reform the existing MP expense regime, restore the special committee on missing and murdered aboriginal women and tweak the Commons calendar, while still voting nay on the reinstatement of the government's previous legislative agenda. 

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