Wednesday, March 5, 2008

BREAKING: Bill C-484 passes second reading

The vote was 147-133, and has now been forwarded to the House Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

What will happen in committee is the wildcard. The best thing that could happen is that the bill somehow dies in the committee; short of that, it will have to be signficantly amended to deal with the concerns a lot of people have. The battle on this one has only just begun. Pregnant mothers must of course have protection from attack; but I've read the bill several times and each time there are more and more questions. It's time the Con artists were straight up on this one.

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Karen said...

Do you know who voted how?

This one is disturbing.

BlastFurnace said...

I only caught the tail end of the vote, and I'm going to have to check Hansard when it's posted online tomorrow to get an idea. My understanding from some other bloggers is that about 20 Conservatives voted "Nay" and about 15 or so Liberals voted "Aye." I also saw a lot of empty seats on the opposition benches which I thought was rather scary.

BlastFurnace said...

Had a look at the vote sheet this morning. TWENTY-SEVEN Liberals voted for the bill, another 11 including Dion couldn't even be bothered to show up. On the Con side, four voted against.