The follies that took place during the white night in the Ottawa Parliament

News 23 March, 2018
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    The liberal mp Pablo Rodriguez

    Olivier Charbonneau

    Friday, march 23, 2018 15:49

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    The mps have remained taken in Parliament for more than 24 hours voting on hundreds of motions. After only one sleepless night, there are already well-funny things that happened…

    For the uninitiated, it’s called a filibuster. For the normal population, it is a procedure of filibuster, which is to take hostage the House of commons to push to a later date the routine work.

    This technique can take several forms. This time, the conservatives have called for a vote on a point-by-point to the budget estimates of the government. They do all that because they are angry that the liberals refuse to call the national Security adviser to the prime minister, in connection with the kerfuffle of the most recent trip in India of Justin Trudeau.


    The liberal members of parliament Omar Alghabra, Andy Fillmore and Pam Goldsmith-Jones

    As well, during this very long political sparring night, the mps showed us their small side frosted, indulging in their favorite hobby or trying to make people laugh with their colleagues.

    The time has remained frozen in the Commons

    The votes of the deputies have been identified as having been made on march 22, even if, technically, the majority of the session took place on 23 march. It is only in the rules of the parliament, the days are not counted in time, but rather in opening and closing of the session.

    This is the same administrative staff of the House of commons who had to stay in place throughout the lengthy session. The liberals criticized the conservatives that their tactics cost more than$ 50,000 per hour.

    The deputies wore mostly the same clothes, even if they no longer had the fresh air charge at a given time…


    Stephen Fuhr, a member of the PLC

    A whip standing on a desk in the anteroom

    This procedure will at least have served to highlight an unappreciated role within each political formation: the whips. The latter had to remain on the alert to ensure that their party has a sufficient number of members to win votes. They have managed the rest periods and chicané the deputies offenders. In short, they have done their job, or whip up the troops.

    A publication shared by Joël Lightbound (@joellightbound) March 22, 2018 at 3 :10 am PDT

    Here, we have Pablo Rodriguez, the whip of the liberals, which gives instructions to his colleagues in the antechamber.

    Move his bedtime reading

    The deputies have been seen to care as they could during the long hours that lasted the filibuster.

    The minister Joly is is being touted on Twitter to read a novel by Simone Veil, but she has deleted his message shortly after, because a regulation of the Chamber prevents the members from taking photos on their bench. (A chance that this regulation does not apply to the rest of the use of their cell phones, because they have spent a lot of time to fix their small screen.)

    Marc Miller, a liberal mp from the Montreal region, has also removed a tweet that night when he said he was proud to spend his time to learn the mohawk language.

    For his part, Gérard Deltell has worked hard to ensure that the liberals see it being read their election platform in 2015.

    Practicing his dance moves

    What about the members who have taken the opportunity to show their talent as a dancer, starting by Rémi Massé, who is dandiné on the song All Night Long by Lionel Richie.

    Or even Ms. Joly, who was surprised to do the dance to the YMCA…

    Canada’s Minister of Heritage trying to learn the YMCA dance should really be the next Canadian Heritage Minute. #cdnpoli

    — Melissa Royle (@melissaroyle) march 23, 2018

    The party was hit in the antechambers

    He seemed to have a lot of action in the antechambers. Unfortunately, the journalists had access to these halls of parliament, but also to see the publications on the social networks of members of parliament, it was the place of choice to relax during the filibuster.

    A conservative Alberta has even brought his guitar to sing, as if it was Paul Piché in a party end of session in 1982.

    A publication shared by Blaine Calkins MP (@blainecalkins) March 22, 2018 at 9 :27 am PDT

    All good things must come to an end…

    The conservatives have finally put an end to their operation and obstruction earlier than expected. Initially, they had intended to vote the mps out of 259 motions, which would have forced parliament to sit until about Saturday noon.

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