Around The Table

A Diplomat's Guide to Canada's Parliamentary Committees

Kady O'Malley
Published: Wednesday, 04/06/2005 12:00 am EDT

Parliamentary committees have alternately been hailed as the unsung workhorses of the legislative process, and criticized for acting as little more than a rubber stamp for the government of the day. But with last year's election of a minority government, all that has changed. These days, the Liberals can no longer count on steering the business of committees, since the government no longer holds a majority of committee seats, which means that it can't use its members to control the outcome of committee votes.

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