PQ can't be held to accidental vote

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 2/13/2013 1:21:00 PM

The speaker of the National Assembly says the Marois government will not be legally bound to yesterday's unanimous vote.

The Parti Quebecois had mistakenly voted in favour of forcing itself to abandon its own cuts to universities.

Today, the CAQ argued that the motion amounted to an order and should be followed. "If we have the power to tax people and pass laws and don't follow our own orders, it's an unacceptable contempt of the legislature," the CAQ's house leader Gerald Deltell said.

Not this time

But the speaker ruled that even though some National Assembly motions do have binding powers, this one does not.

He said that the assembly floor can not assume the powers of the premier and cabinet. "It's up to the executive to make its choices," said Jacques Chagnon.

He says in this case, he considers the motion to be an expression of a "wish" and not an order.

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