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The opposition takes aim at the Omnibus Bill

The Story

Two months after receiving an overwhelming mandate, Trudeau reveals that new Justice Minister John Turner will likely reintroduce the Omnibus Bill in the new session of Parliament. Robert Stanfield says he wants the bill split up so the House can vote on each section. Speaking at the National Press Building in Ottawa, Trudeau shoots down that suggestion, telling reporters in this CBC Radio clip that he "put the whole together in an Omnibus Bill to save parliamentary time."

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Aug. 14, 1968
Guest(s): Pierre Trudeau
Duration: 5:21
Photo: National Archives of Canada (PA-110806)

Did You know?

• While Justice Minister in 1967, Trudeau told the Calgary Herald that he purposely put all the different clauses into one bill because he felt the amendments "would have a better chance of passing if they were included in a bigger, diverse bill with its obvious advantages of physical inertia."

• PC Justice Critic Eldon Woolliams told the CBC that the government deliberately brought the bill together as one big package. He argued the Liberals did so because they believed that those members of Parliament who were against the abortion or homosexuality clauses would still vote for it because they agreed with portions of the bill that dealt with the budget -- such as spending money on improving Canada's roads and highways.


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