Government's budget bill passes despite opposition outrage

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on...

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

OTTAWA - The government's second budget passed in the Commons Wednesday despite outcries from opposition parties, First Nations chiefs and other critics who say the bill is bad for democracy.

Bill C-45, which is more than 400 pages long, will now make its way to the Senate for a seal of approval.

Opposition parties proposed hundreds of amendments to the legislation and hammered the government for failing to listen to suggestions.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had urged MPs to quickly pass the bill.


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