(Ottawa) The Bloc Québécois motion to eliminate the prayer recited before the start of business in the House of Commons was defeated on Wednesday.

Only 56 MPs supported it, including Bloc Québécois MPs and almost the entire NDP caucus. Only four New Democratic Party MPs voted against, as did nearly all of the Liberals and Conservatives. In all, 266 elected officials rejected it.

Bloc Québécois MP Martin Champoux tabled a motion on Tuesday to replace the reading of the prayer at the start of a sitting in the House of Commons with a moment of reflection. The other three parties had argued that there were more pressing issues like rising inflation, the climate crisis and the war in Ukraine.

The Liberals and New Democrats had assured that their MPs would be able to vote freely. The Conservatives who are against the motion should toe the party line.



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