MPs freed from House of Commons as Tories bring standoff tactics to an end
Retaliation after Liberals oppose having national security adviser talk to committee about India trip
After more than 20 hours of continuous voting, the Conservatives have ended their filibuster-like tit-for-tat tactics in the House of Commons.
The overnight vote was in retaliation after the Liberals voted down the Conservatives' motion to have the prime minister's national security adviser testify in front of a committee about the Jaspal Atwal affair.
"This has been a very, very long day," said Conservative House leader Candice Bergen just before MPs were given the OK to leave the floor Friday afternoon.
MPs have been voting on 250 motions since around dinner time on Thursday, which followed a full day of parliamentary work including question period.
The Conservatives had threatened to keep MPs in the House into the weekend, but they withdrew their amendment just before 3 p.m. ET on Friday.
The House was ruling on fiscal estimates, so every vote is a vote of confidence, keeping Liberal MPs close to their seats. A loss of confidence could have triggered an election.
But that doesn't mean they always had to be paying attention. Some MPs brought in books, magazine and iPads to keep themselves awake. One rookie Liberal MP was caught dancing to Lionel Richie's All Night Long while Heritage Minister Melanie Joly and other cabinet colleagues performed YMCA.
Conservatives wasting time: PM
Conservatives still maintain the disruption was warranted, given the government's refusal to let Daniel Jean testify at the national security committee about the briefing he gave journalists during Trudeau's India trip.
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This isn't going away anytime soon.