Federal Liberals drop some proposed House of Commons reforms

The Trudeau government is dropping some of its most controversial proposals for reforming the way the House of Commons operates.

Government House leader Bardish Chagger has written to her opposition counterparts, announcing that she intends to proceed with only those reforms promised in the Liberal election platform.

Those include having the prime minister answer all queries in one question period each week, as Justin Trudeau has already begun doing.

The opposition parties had denounced some of the proposed changes as a bid by the Liberals to control the parliamentary agenda and hamstring their efforts to hold the government to account.

Among those proposals was one to set in advance the amount of time to be devoted to debate and committee study of each bill introduced in the Commons.

The surviving proposals were promised in the Liberals' 2015 election platform and were meant to address perceived abuses by the Harper government.