OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives erupted in cheers Wednesday after
finally securing House of Commons approval to scrap the controversial
The Harper government used its majority to
pass the bill by a vote of 159-130, with the support of two maverick New
Democrats - John Rafferty and Bruce Hyer.
All other NDP, Liberal, Bloc Quebecois and Green MPs voted against it.
vote effectively puts the registry on life support; all that remains is
for the Senate to pull the plug. Since the Conservatives enjoy a
commanding majority in the upper chamber as well, the registry's fate is
"They've got the majority and unless something
extraordinary happens, it will pass," acknowledged Liberal Senate leader
Cowan said Liberal senators will ensure the bill
is examined thoroughly at committee and that both supporters and
opponents of the registry
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