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There was a tragic attack at today’s Boston Marathon. In Parliament, NDP MP Nathan Cullen relates:
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I just tabled and tried to pass a motion in the House of Commons comdemning the attacks in Boston. Unfortunately, it didn’t pass.

Here’s the text of my motion: “That this House condemn the attacks perpetrated during the 2013 Boston Marathon and express its deepest sympathies to the victims of this senseless violence and their families.”


Je viens de soumettre une motion dans la Chambre des Communes qui condamne les attaques en Boston et exprime les condoléances des canadiens. Malheureusement, elle a été rejetée.

Voici la texte de mon motion : « Que cette Chambre condamne les attaques perpétrées durant le Marathon 2013 de Boston et exprime sa profonde sympathie envers les victimes de cette violence insensée ainsi que leur famille. »

— Nathan Cullen, April 15, 2013

Because the Conservative Party holds a majority of seats in the House of Commons, it has absolute control of what motions or legislation can be passed.

The Harper Government chose not to pass this motion.

Why?

Why wouldn’t the Harper Government “condemn the attacks perpetrated during the 2013 Boston Marathon?”

How could the Harper Government refuse to “express its deepest sympathies to the victims of this senseless violence and their families?”

Does the Harper government approve of these attacks? 

Expressing concern for our friends, allies, and neighbors in time of tragedy is a human thing to do. It apalls me that the Harper Conservatives would be so petty as to block this merely human motion, a purely non-partisan statement of compassion and support, simply because it was tabled by a member of the Official Opposition.

Such shameful partisan posturing has no place in the House of Commons.

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