Budget bill faces final Commons reading Tuesday

NDP House leader Nathan Cullen speaks to the media with finance critic Peggy Nash at Parliament...

NDP House leader Nathan Cullen speaks to the media with finance critic Peggy Nash at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 7, 2012. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

OTTAWA - Conservatives are demonstrating “arrogance bordering on stupidity” as they push their big fat budget bill through Parliament without a single recommendation taken into account, the NDP says.

The government invoked time allocation on its second budget bill on Monday during the report stage, which traditionally allows for further study of bills following review at Commons committees.

Under new time restrictions imposed by the Tories, the legislation will face its final reading in the House on Tuesday evening before a majority Conservative government ensures its passage in Parliament.

In the spring, the Tories also passed a first budget bill that was more than 400 pages long.

“In almost 950 pages of omnibus legislation this government hasn't changed a period, hasn't changed a comma,” NDP House leader Nathan Cullen said.


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