The NDP has used a tactical ploy to force a debate in the House of Commons about the need for an inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women.
The Opposition caught Conservatives by surprise, waiting until they had filed out of the House after the daily question period.
The NDP then rushed their own members back in and out-voted the remaining Tories to approve the debate.
Romeo Saganash, an NDP member from northern Quebec region, has told the House that aboriginal women are much more likely to be victims of violence than non-native women.
Saganash says an inquiry is needed to get to root causes.
Conservative Susan Truppe defended the government’s record on murdered and missing aboriginal women.