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Skepticism growing on promises for House reforms as Liberals consider unilateral action

By Rachel Aiello      

'I think it would be entirely inappropriate and frankly almost tyrannical if a majority government, regardless of political stripe, decided to start changing Standing Orders arbitrarily to benefit them,' says Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski.

Government House Leader Bardish Chagger at a House committee meeting. Unless the government circumvents the Procedure and House Affairs Committee study process, it could be another year before some major mandate reforms to parliamentary business are made. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Skepticism is growing over whether the Liberals will be able to deliver on their commitments to end the use of omnibus bills, end Friday sittings, make the Commons more family friendly, or reform Question Period before the next election, or at least make such the House rules changes with all-party consent as is usually done for these kinds of operational changes.

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