PM’s claim Senate can’t amend budget bills contains ‘some baloney’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press, June 29, 2017 

OTTAWA — “The issue around budgets, of course, is it’s the House of Commons that votes on budgetary measures, and the Senate is, of course, welcome to look at it and make recommendations. But the legitimacy happens from the House of Commons on this.”

— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, interview with Global TV’s West Block, broadcast June 18, 2017

The House of Commons and the Senate sent each other snarky messages last week in a dispute over which chamber of Parliament has the ultimate authority over money bills.

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