Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Canadian opposition accidentally votes for budget after a sudden change of procedure


``It passed with unanimous consent,'' Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters outside the House of Commons in Ottawa today.

Legislators were supposed to hold a debate and final vote on the spending plan after Parliament's finance committee completed its review. By remaining seated in the House of Commons, opposition lawmakers allowed the bill to pass ``in a matter of minutes,'' said Libby Davies, the New Democratic Party member responsible for legislation.


``Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill -- we oppose the budget,'' said Liberal leader Bill Graham. ``It's an unfortunate error, but it doesn't change anything.''


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