Economic update should have been tabled in Parliament

NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) raised a question of privilege in the House of Commons today to decry the Conservative government’s decision to deliver Canada’s economic update in a room full of their friends instead of before the Parliament.

“The Conservatives have once again shown their contempt for Canada’s democratic institutions. They are the same people who used to criticize the Liberals when they fled the House of Commons to deliver important information but now they’re doing the same thing,” said Cullen

Last week, the Finance Minister chose to provide the information in Toronto during a week when Parliament was not in session.

“The House of Commons is the cornerstone of our democracy and Conservatives are denying Canadians an important element of this system. The Conservatives promised to change Ottawa, but instead Ottawa has changed them,” said Cullen.