Applause erupted in a packed meeting on Parliament Hill as a rare, midsummer Conservative bid to push through contentious legislation was derailed by united opposition MPs.
The Tories want to extend human rights law to First Nations, but native leaders say they weren't properly consulted and don't have the cash to comply.
Conservatives accused their rival MPs of delaying human rights for vulnerable native people, while opposition MPs assailed the government for staging what they called a calculated political stunt.
The meeting ended after just more than an hour when opposition MPs passed a Liberal motion to suspend debate on the bill until the government formally consults First Nations.
If you are trying to paint yourself as the defender of native human rights, it would stand to reason that you would have the backing of said natives:
A long line of native witnesses who appeared last spring before the committee almost unanimously called for proper consultation and more time to get ready...
Why the government took the extreme step of recalling the Committee is beyond me. All that has been achieved, a united opposition that decided to consult with the people involved. Sounds like a reasonable position, one that gives the government zero in the way of political mileage. As a matter of fact, the Conservatives appear isolated and out of touch with mainstream opinion. Who's brillant idea was this political gaffe? Backfire, and rightfully so, given the true motivations.