In light of the Supreme Court's ruling against a Quebec town council that began its meetings with a prayer, some members of parliament are trying to determine how to bring the House of Commons in line with the decision.
The Globe & Mail reports that the New Democratic Party has approached Speaker Andrew Scheer to clarify the standing orders of the House on the matter, and "decide who has the authority to end the daily prayer."
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and NDP MP Francoise Boivin are among the federal politicians who the Globe & Mail says feel "the prayer should be amended to remove references to God."
The Speaker's spokeswoman, Heather Bradley, told the Globe & Mail that "the Speaker has no intention of changing" the practice of prayer in the House of Commons, which dates back to a standing order instituted in 1877.
Bradley added, however, that standing orders can be amended with a simple majority vote.
Both NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have expressed a preference for a moment of "contemplation" or "solemn reflection" rather than a spoken prayer.
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