Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Desparate Measures

Liberals offer to pull Kyoto provision from budget

The minority Liberal government has offered to pull a controversial provision from its budget bill.

Liberal House leader Tony Valeri said on Tuesday that the government will allow the amendment to be removed. To avert a showdown, Valeri offered a deal to Conservative House leader Jay Hill that will allow the finance committee to reject the proposal.

"Well, I'm essentially giving Mr. Hill what he's asked for. If the committee removes it, we would certainly not bring it back," Valeri said.

The Liberal offer could avoid a vote of non-confidence. If the government lost, it might trigger an election.



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