Conservatives yesterday resumed a filibuster of Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s budget bill. MPs sought more testimony from witnesses.

“I don’t know why these Liberals want to make things so difficult for Canadians just to simply get the facts and understand the reality of the budget,” said Conservative MP Philip Lawrence (Northumberland-Peterborough South, Ont.). “It’s almost as if they are allergic to transparency.”

“We want to hear from Canadians,” said MP Lawrence. “We were willing to sit whether it be Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday to get this done,” he added. “We were absolutely clear on this. I would put my honour on it.”

“You guys are not my boss,” said Lawrence. “The Canadian people, the people of Northumberland, that’s who I get my marching orders from. That’s who I get instructions from, not from the Liberal government. My power does not come from you, it comes from the people, and I am here as their representative. I owe no one an apology for speaking.”

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