New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period.
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OTTAWA -- The NDP is trying a new tactic to take aim at the government over its hefty budget bill.
New Democrat MPs put forward multiple motions in the Commons on Monday to continue their call for the government to split off portions of its second budget bill.
An individual proposal to splice the legislation, which is more than 400 pages long, was rejected in the House last week.
"The (finance) minister still has a chance to get it right with this misguided budget bill," NDP environment critic Megan Leslie said. "Conservatives did not consult with Canadians and they are ramming through this dangerous budget bill with who knows how many jobs on the line ... will he allow proper study and amendment of this budget bill before it is too late?"
The government has said it would allow 11 parliamentary committees to study the bill, but possible amendments will have to face a Conservative majority at the finance committee, making alterations unlikely.
The budget bill is currently being debated in the House before it is shipped off to those committees but Tories used a time allocation tactic on Thursday to cap discussion to a total of five days.
"The budget implementation bill will be voted on very soon in this House, and it will be moved to the finance committee which is standard practice in this House," Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies said. "My understanding is that there will be a suggestion that portions of the bill be moved for further study out to other committees within this House. We think that is very effective."