#Omnibudget alert: Ten minutes til we (probably) find out when the midnight madness vote-a-buster will get underway! #hw
Let the #139th sitting of the 1st session of the 41st Parliament of Canada begin! #C38
I so love the opening music. The ParlVu mixer is an unsung hero(ine) of the precinct. #c38
Alright, I'll spare you every detail of routine business (unless it amuses me). Watching for PVL to make his presence known! #c38
Oh, here's David Tilson again with a petition signed by Canadians across the country against the megaquarry! Which is #C38-related, even.
Tilson has been absolutely relentless in presenting anti-megaquarry petitions. Yet he'll be obliged to vote in favour of #C38.
Alright, all questions on the order paper have been allowed to stand, which means... yes, it's PVL time. #C38
Alright, here's the #omnibudget debate timeline: 10 hours of report stage debate, 8 hours at third reading. #hw
Alright, let's check the House schedule and do some math, everyone! #C38
Okay, by my reckoning, the House should be able to get through 8 hours of #C38 debate between now and midnight.
That would leave two hours tomorrow, which would mean the votes start at 5:30ish. #C38
If we assume 24 hours from start to finish, that would mean the #omnibudget vote-a-thon would wrap up at 5pm or so on Thursday.
In any case, the eight hours allotted for third reading debate will kick off at noon on Monday. #C38
Meanwhile, back in the Chamber, the #C38 time allocation debate is now underway.
Kevin Lamoureux has a point of order on the #C38 time allocation motion itself, specifically, that it can't be less than 1 sitting day.
Okay, seriously, government, you *have* to stop pretending the Greece/Euro economic crisis is All About The NDP. #C38
Also, whose editorial did Ted Menzies just read? Did CRG buy a small tabloid? #C38
Oh, PVL back up: He's explaining how his motion does not, in fact, break standing orders by not respecting the extended sitting day #C38
PVL, for the record, doesn't think it's relevant that the House is now operating under extended sitting hours. #C38
It is, he points out, ultimately the decision of the government to call bills at its pleasure. #C38
Wow, the opposition is really pushing this point of order re: extended sitting days. I believe the debate clock has stopped as well. #C38
Alright, the speaker says there does seem to be some "lack of clarity" on the issue, but for now, she wants to continue debate. #C38
She will come back with a decision when the debate concludes in 15 minutes or so. #C38
Hmm. This could mess up all that math we just did. #C38
Okay, so the point of order debate will push the #C38 time allocation motion to 11:45 or so. Adjust your projections accordingly.
If the speaker were to find the time allocation motion out of order, it would result in an additional 3 hours of report stage debate. #C38
Also, as the opposition keeps pointing out, the rules re: one sitting day were established before extension of sitting hours. #C38
Alright, back to the speaker for a ruling on the "sitting day" point of order. #C38
Savoie says that it has been considered, and that the motion does respect the provisions of the standing orders. #C38
But the speaker -- the regular one -- will be back to present a more substantive explanation at the earliest opportunity. #C38
There is grumbling in the Chamber as Deputy Speaker Savoie rereads the time allocation motion before calling the vote. #C38
And now, 30 minutes of bells. #C38
Hmm. At this rate, they may not be able to squeeze a vote on the pooled pensions bill before QP. #C38
Not sure if it can be called immediately after QP, however. If that's the case, it might mean a slightly later start to votes tomorrow. #C38
I don't *think* you can call a vote if it would run into the magic 2-3pm block reserved for SO31s/QP. #C38
Okay, I am going to tentatively project that #C38 voting will not get underway until 7pm or so Wednesday.
I just have this feeling that events will run slightly behind schedule. #C38
One minute til the #C38 time allocation motion vote!
That is, if it starts on time. It may be a few minutes late. Oh, and we can time it to figure out how long the #C38 votes will take!
I can hear the hubbub of the democratic process getting ready to unfold! #C38
Desk-thumpening! I bet that was David Christopherson. #C38
Alright, Whip parade down, one recorded division to go. #C38
I have started my BlackBerry stopwatch just like a proper scientist would. #C38