UPDATED: The recorded votes are now available. Looks like Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was one of those Liberals who had something better to do when Kennedy’s bill came to a vote. I find this significant because Harper remained for the vote.
Late this afternoon: news that the Bill C-440 was defeated. The bill was sponsored by Gerard Kennedy (Liberal) and Bill Siksay (NDP) and would have amended the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to allow US military deserters to stay in Canada. The vote was apparently 143 against the bill and 136 in favour.
I’ve never really understood why Kennedy was sponsoring this, as it is completely contrary to our own treatment of deserters from the Canadian Forces, and I’ve outlined the rationale for my opposition to his attempt previously on this blog.
So, I’m pleased that enough Liberals (I’m making assumptions about who voted how, since I haven’t seen the voting records yet) stayed away to let this bill fail.