Pre-study in action: Canada’s omnibudget

Despite remaining resolutely un-split, the budget implementation bill in the Canadian parliament is undergoing consideration by six committees. Not, of course, in the House of Commons but in the Senate! If you hadn’t read the title I’m talking about pre-study, where Senate committees take evidence and report on bills while they’re still in the Commons and the government may amend bills in the Commons to speed up their passage through the Senate.

I’m going to keep track of their reports and we will see if they recommend any amendments and if those amendments are added by the government in the Commons at report stage, and indeed if the Senate forces any amendments when it arrives there.

As regards my comparative study between Westminster systems, A Tale of Two Bills, we’re still waiting for Canada’s C30 to go to committee (before second reading to allow a wider range of amendments) and for the UK’s draft Communications Data bill to be published and given pre-legislative scrutiny.

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