NDP holds balance of power on committees

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NDP holds balance of power on committees

Should make for some interesting configurations and happenings.

The New Democrats hold a balance of power on all House of Commons committees for
the first time after a realignment reflecting the October election results.

NDP whip Yvon Godin said negotiations among the four parties
have cost the Liberal party one seat on every committee, including three key
panels they chair as the official Opposition.

"I have said right from the beginning, the committees have to
reflect the Parliament," Godin said.

The opposition parties agreed that the governing
Conservatives would gain one more seat on the regular 12-member committees
chaired by a government MP.

That gives the Tories five members other than the chair, with
three Liberals, two Bloc and one NDP.