IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Debate cut short on Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,

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    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the more the Minister of Health speaks the more we understand the reason for this closure motion, which brings time allocation to the House for the 89th time. The reality is that the government has refused to bring the legislation forward to the House for over a year simply because after the first round of debates it was obvious that there were many flaws in the bill. The government has not been willing to accept amendments. There have been concerns raised about jurisdiction and about strangling the safe injection site and what that means for health, and a wide variety of community impacts as well. We have a government that brought forward a badly flawed bill last year and forced it through. Initial debates reflected very poorly on the government so it hid it for a year and now it is bringing it forward with closure, trying to ram it through the House with no due parliamentary consideration.

    My question to the Minister of Health is simply this. Is that not the real reason why we are seeing closure today? Why did the government sit on the bill for over a year?

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