Government threatens to curb debate as it changes House rules

Government House Leader Bardish Chagger responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press, May 1, 2017

OTTAWA — The Liberals are putting some water in their parliamentary wine, but their political rivals argue they are still forcing the opposition parties to drink it.

“It’s very clear that the Liberal arrogance and the plans that they have are not going away,” Opposition House leader Candice Bergen said Monday.

“They are taking this several notches further and making this even more of an untenable situation for us.”

The Liberal government took a big step back on its plans to change the ins and outs of parliamentary procedure, abandoning some of the more contentious reforms it had been proposing — changes that have had Conservative and NDP critics up in arms for weeks.

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