Government House leader Dominic LeBlanc says the Liberals are withdrawing a controversial motion that would have given the Liberals more control over the ins and outs of parliamentary business.
LeBlanc made the announcement at the start of question period Thursday afternoon in response to a question from interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.
Had the motion passed, a day in the House of Commons would not have ended until a cabinet minister or parliamentary secretary moved to adjourn proceedings.
It would have also made it harder for the opposition to surprise the government like they did earlier this week, when the Liberals had to scramble to their seats for a snap vote on proposed changes to Air Canada legislation.
The decision to withdraw the motion comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire for a physical encounter with opposition MPs on Wednesday night.
Camera footage shows Trudeau grabbing the Conservative whip by the arm and pulling him through a gaggle of NDP MPs, inadvertently making contact with NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the process.
Brosseau said she needed to exit the chamber because of the incident.
Trudeau read a lengthier apology Wednesday morning, during which he apologized “unreservedly” for his conduct.
“I expect better of myself,” Trudeau said in his bilingual statement, in which he took responsibility for his actions, offering an explanation but not excusing himself.