Justin Trudeau riding to the rescue of rebellious Conservative backbenchers

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OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is riding to the rescue of Conservative backbenchers who feel they’re being muzzled by stifling party discipline imposed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The newly minted Liberal leader intends to introduce a motion that would strip party whips of their power to decide which MPs are allowed to make members’ statements in the House of Commons.

Trudeau’s motion will put Harper’s legendary iron control over his caucus to the test, providing an outlet for restless Tory backbenchers to defy their leader.

Indeed, Harper may be trying to buy himself some time to strike a truce with his backbench rebels before letting Trudeau’s motion come to a vote.

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The motion was to have been debated and put to a vote on Monday, a Liberal opposition day. But an hour after Trudeau gave notice Friday of his motion, Government House leader Peter Van Loan announced a…

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