Ottawa, ON – This week, Candice Bergen, Conservative house leader and MP for Portage-Lisgar, led the fight against a Liberal motion that will adjourn parliament until late September. Yesterday, the Liberals joined with the NDP to shut down debate on the motion and pass it in the House of Commons.
Bergen kicked off debate for the Conservatives highlighting why a functional parliament is important for Canadians. “We want to deliver better results for Canadians. We know that in a democracy when the government is challenged when it has to defend what it is doing and improve it when it has to listen to us on our opposition days and take a position, it is better for Canadians. That is the whole reason Conservatives want parliament to sit.”
In addition to Bergen’s role as house leader, she also took on the duties of whip for her party. Under her guidance, the Conservatives mounted a vigorous fight against the motion despite having a reduced number of MPs due to COVID-19.
In the end, the Liberal-NDP alliance voted to shut down debate and shut down parliament.
In her speech, Bergen said, “This motion will continue the shutdown of democracy. It continues the shutdown of parliament. It continues the shutdown of all MP’s who do the work that Canadians elected us to do.”
To conclude her speech, Bergen insisted that Justin Trudeau and his government will not be able to run from democracy.
“Make no mistake: The day of reckoning will come for the Prime Minister. He may think he is going to escape Parliament now, but the day will come. Conservatives will hold the government to account. We will do our job.”