The Chair will say, “Without objection, the five-minute vote will continue.” Unanimous approval can be used as part of a consensual decision-making process. This does not necessarily mean that every member of the body voted in favour of the proposal.  This may mean that members who feel that it would be pointless to object to a question would simply give in.  Senators generally accept the restrictions on debate and amendment, which are common to most unanimous approval agreements, mainly for two overlapping reasons: they facilitate the handling of the Senate`s workload and serve the interests of each legislator. On the basis of trust and after lengthy negotiations, unanimous approval agreements are the equivalent of “binding contracts” that can only be amended or amended unanimously. . . .
Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
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