Liberals to meet for two-day caucus this week, some Grit MPs dissatisfied with level of cabinet consultation – The Hill Times

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 201720 Views

The meeting will mark first time the full Liberal caucus has been together since Liberal backbenchers passed the genetic discrimination bill which was opposed by cabinet.

Liberal MPs will hold a special two-day caucus meeting on Parliament Hill this week to plot parliamentary strategy for the remainder of the current sitting, but some backbenchers say they would like to see cabinet justify its policy positions better and improve its consultations with MPs.

The meeting is a replacement for the usual winter caucus retreat and will start on the afternoon of Friday, March 24, and last all day Saturday, March 25.

Usually, all political parties meet prior to the start of the post-Christmas parliamentary sitting, but this time Liberals are meeting in the middle after “timing” issues made it tricky to meet before, according to Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Que.), chair of the national caucus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) shuffled his cabinet on Jan. 10 and shook up the parliamentary secretary roster.

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