moved for leave to introduce Bill C-654, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (omnibus bills).
Mr. Speaker, I have been an MP now for seventeen and a half years, and I have to be honest with my constituents and the people of Canada that I am here under false pretenses, and so is every single one of the members of Parliament in this House.
Our number one responsibility, when it comes to legislation, is the fiscal scrutiny of all legislation that leaves this House. However, when legislation comes forward with 418 pages that would change 50 statutes and laws, nobody in the House of Commons reads it. Nobody in the House of Commons properly does the job we need to do to have fiscal scrutiny of the government.
My bill would stop omnibus legislation from coming in. Legislation could only be introduced if attachments were related to the subject matter. One could not introduce legislation that had nothing to do with the subject matter at hand.
This practice has to stop in the House of Commons. We have to restore democracy to the Canadian people.
I am proud to say that we in the NDP want to stop the bus when it comes to omnibus bill legislation.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)