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For members of the Liberal Caucus, all votes will be free votes except those that implement the Liberal platform, traditional confidence matters, and those that address the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Liberal Platform (Page 30) | October 5, 2015
May 31, 2016

MPs vote 186-137 to send assisted-dying bill to the Senate

Toronto Star

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Liberals' cautious bill to allow medical assistance in dying "is the beginning of a conversation" that could evolve in the courts, but should do so only after it becomes law.

The bill was one step closer to that point Tuesday evening after MPs voted 186-137 to send the bill to the Senate where it faces an uncertain fate. Among those who opposed it were four Liberals. There were 14 opposition MPs who voted to support the government's bill.

April 28, 2016

Liberal MP Doug Eyolfson breaks ranks with party on Air Canada bill

CBC News

Liberal MP Doug Eyolfson says voters were skeptical last year when he claimed a Liberal government would allow its backbenchers greater freedom to vote as they saw fit.

"A lot of people said, 'I'll believe it when I see it,'" he says. "So now I can look people right in the eye and say, 'Believe it.'"

In a little noted act the evening of April 20, Eyolfson stood and voted against Bill C-10, the government's legislation to amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act. He was the only Liberal to vote nay. And, perhaps most importantly, he says he has not been punished for doing so.