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Dissenting Opinion

“The collegial spirit that normally governs House business was thrust aside when, on October 5th, the present motion was moved without prior notice or consultation, overruling a previous motion that had been agreed to informally by House Leaders, and that therefore had been adopted by the House unanimously and without debate (as is possible only when prior consent has been achieved). The present motion sets a precedent, rendering future informal agreements largely futile, since there is no reason to believe that they will be honoured. It is for this reason, rather than out of any opposition to the entrenchment of the provisional Standing Orders, that Conservative members of the committee have voted against this motion.”

Scott Reid, M.P.

Lanark–Frontenac–Lennox & Addington