March 11, 2011 (40th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Michael Savage

Liberal

Mr. Michael Savage (Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I recall when the member's private member's bill to extend EI sickness benefits to 50 weeks came to the committee that I was on and everybody supported it.
This bill that we are debating today died in the Senate. The member may recall the circumstances. It was the night that the Prime Minister was singing to his colleagues in the hall. However, enough Conservative senators snuck away from the bar and the merriment to kill the member's hopes and dreams in a vote in the Senate that night.
Is that the way legislation should be dealt with in either Houses of this Parliament?

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Protection of Beneficiaries of Long Term Disability Benefits Plans Act
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