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Voting marathon continues as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

Last Updated Mar 21, 2019 at 1:15 pm EDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises to vote during a marathon voting session as it continues into the night in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 20, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Members of Parliament are continuing their marathon voting session as opposition parties protest the Trudeau government’s efforts to shut down any further investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

The Liberal majority shot down a Conservative motion calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to let former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testify more fully about her allegation that she was improperly pressured to drop a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

The motion was defeated by a vote of 161-134.

That set the stage for the Conservative-sponsored filibuster that began Wednesday night and continued through Thursday morning.

Since any vote involving government spending is automatically a confidence vote, Liberals were required to be out in force to avoid potential defeat of the government. The voting could theoretically last 36 hours, but the Conservatives have only to keep it going until just after 10 a.m. today to scrub the remainder of the parliamentary day.

A day of committee meetings scheduled for Thursday has already been cancelled.