MP Elizabeth May hopes to have federal budget bill scrapped

May's point of order suggests omnibus budget bill is not really an omnibus bill

Elizabeth May has her fingers crossed the speaker of the house will withdraw the budget bill on Wednesday.

She made a pitch Monday to have the omnibus “budget” Bill C-38 scrapped.

“With a great deal of luck, it’s going to take the speaker being brave, but in law I think my point of order is correct … it was not a stunt,” said May, MP for Saanich Gulf Islands. “It’s a long shot but it’s sound as an argument and I’ve certainly got my fingers crossed. After that if it doesn’t succeed we’re into the war of amendments.”

She raised a point of order that “no bill may be introduced either in blank or imperfect state” and argued that C-38 is not properly an omnibus and should be set aside.

“I think the speaker may rule Wednesday,” she said in a Monday afternoon phone interview.

May posted a video with a personal message here.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Public tips lead to arrest in alleged random assault on Victoria bus

June 19 incident was recorded by onboard camera

Sidney asking tourists to respect health guidelines

Messaging says Sidney is ‘excited to welcome smart, safe, and respectful visits’

CRD explores option to use Oak Bay Lodge for people who are homeless

Motion asks staff to work with BC Housing, Island Health on possibilities

Plans for pot shop in Sidney spark back to life

Changing provincial regulations could clear the way for Sidney’s first ever pot shop

B.C. residents can go to the Royal BC Museum for half price all summer

Museum reopening in phases, COVID-19 measures in place

VIDEO: Victoria’s Raging Grannies call for end to public funding of for-profit senior homes

Organizer says COVID-19 has made senior home issues more apparent

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

B.C. ports part of data integration project to protect marine ecosystems

The $1.2 M federally funded program will draw crucial baseline data from Canada’s three coastlines

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Most Read