Well, not really.  However, Stephen Harper's first budget did pass with unanimous consent of the House -on a technicality- earlier today. 

From the CBC:

Even though two federal parties had promised to vote against the Conservative government's budget, it passed Tuesday without opposition because of an apparent mix-up.

. . . At one point, the Liberal finance critic, John McCallum, stood up to debate the budget but was told it was too late and the budget had already been passed.

McCallum later admitted to feeling a little sheepish. "I think it was an honest error all around. It just got through without parliamentarians realizing quite what had happened until it had happened."

. . . The budget bill now goes to the Senate a week ahead of schedule and then will go to the Governor General for royal assent.

Not great for democracy, particularly.  But, it's bloody great for the Conservatives.  They avoided a number of potentially negative news cycles focusing on opposition complaints towards the Budget and the Liberals and the NDP only have themselves to blame.


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