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Flaherty to table budget bill

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Copies of the Federal Budget are pilled on a desk on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday March 21, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld. Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will introduce his latest budget implementation bill on Monday – legislation that has previously proven contentious for the ruling Conservatives.

The bill will allow the government to carry out the plans it presented in the budget.

Last year, Flaherty raised the ire of the opposition parties by tabling two mammoth implementation bills that amended dozens of pieces of diverse legislation at once.

The first bill was more than 400 pages and made changes to environmental regulations, Employment Insurance, fisheries rules, etc. The second bill was equally long and was the catalyst for the Aboriginal protest Idle No More because of the changes made to navigable waters legislation, environmental legislation and the Indian Act.

The exact length of Flaherty’s latest implementation bill will remain under wraps until it is tabled, but traditionally the Conservatives have kept the legislation in the hundreds of pages.

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