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2012-03-15 at 13:45

Hyer hopes motion will reduce Parliament partisanship

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By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

NDP MP Bruce Hyer is trying to make it easier for cross-party co-operation on private-members bills and motions in the House of Commons.

The Superior-North representative on Thursday re-tabled a motion that would allow co-sponsorship of cross-party bills, changing the Standing Orders rules of Parliament.

“Parliament is getting more and more partisan, more and more dysfunctional,” Hyer states in a release.

“The tribal bickering and political games have a real cost. It’s hard to build support for good bills or motions when other parties are reluctant to see an MP from another party achieve success. Solutions often get delayed or killed.”

Hyer adds that he was the victim of this exact type of behaviour last year, when his private member bill introducing the Climate Change and Accountability Act, was axed.

He added of 441 private member bills introduced in the last Parliament, only four survived to receive royal assent.
 

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