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.

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