Originally published on the DaninOttawa.com site on June 25, 2011.
My most recent shift began at 3am Pacific. There was a vote on the NDP hoist motion (asking for 2nd reading to be conducted six months hence) several hours earlier. The hoist motion was not endorsed and debate moved on to the next chapter, although in many respects it does seem like a page has yet to be turned in the actual discussion.
It is almost a surreal dynamic in the precinct right now. Fatigue has come and gone while sleep remains scarce. From my seat in the House it is apparent that morale and camaraderie remains strong on both sides. For those of you asking, there is still no end in sight, although it should be noted that we are now on ways and means as opposed to second reading.
I am fortunate the my office has a small bathroom in it, as my sink has become my shower and my couch remains my bed. Although it is unusual living out of an office, I am increasingly hearing from citizens back home who remain hopeful that this legislation will be passed shortly. Shortly is a term that can not be defined at present; however the debate continues...
I would like to again thank so many of you for sharing your comments and words of encouragement. They are always appreciated
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