by: Jacques Gallant Political Reporter, The Toronto Star
If a federal election is called for the fall, killing the government's conversion therapy bill in the process, one of the big questions will be whether the government did all that it could to get the bill passed.
For some, that also sparks a perhaps more cynical question: Did the government even want the bill passed?
The Liberal government has blamed the Conservatives for frustrating Bill C-6's progress in the House of Commons, where it finally passed in June, and in the Senate, where it passed second reading before the upper chamber rose for the summer.
There's no question that the Conservatives dragged out the proceedings in the House, while the government's representative in the Senate says there's simply no agreement among Senate leadership to deal with the bill this summer should the chamber be recalled.
But that doesn't tell the whole story of the misfortunes of a bill that would provide much-needed protections for LGBTQ Canadians - and which would finally fulfil a major Liberal campaign promise.
So, what happened?
The New Democrats say they offered to help fast-track the bill in the Commons, and repeatedly asked why the bill wasn't being brought for debate sooner.