Trudeau calls reconstitution of entire parliament irresponsible as parties negotiate return

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it would be “irresponsible” for the House of Commons to resume Monday with a full list of MPs and employees while public health officials continue their efforts for physical distance on scale national.

“We are currently in a situation where our public health authorities, our experts and our common sense tell us that we must continue to limit our movements, we must continue to work at home,” said Trudeau on Sunday in his daily COVID- 19. Report.

As Canada’s federal parties continue to hack the conditions for the return of Parliament, no party is calling for the House to meet again with the 338 members present in the House and all parties are having difficulty agreeing on the procedures.

Following the Prime Minister’s comments, the Liberal House leader Pablo Rodriguez tweeted that an “agreement in principle” had been reached with the NDP and the Bloc Québécois.

“Under the agreement, the House of Commons will hold one day of face-to-face meetings per week, with a small group of members of the House. In addition, there will be additional virtual sessions with a small number of MPs from across the country. “, Says the statement.

Rodriguez said the proposal – which is not supported by the Conservatives, who call for several in-person meetings – will give MPs as much time to question ministers and the Prime Minister as they would normally have under parliamentary circumstances normal.

Agreement includes more virtual sessions than the Liberals previously offered

Late Saturday, CBC News learned that the Trudeau government had offered to cut five days of question period into two days a week. As part of this proposal, Parliament would resume its in-person sessions from Wednesday with a limited number of people in the House and virtual sessions would begin the following week on Tuesday, April 28.

The arrangement would involve virtual sessions every Tuesday, with MPs from across the country participating in the equivalent of two question periods. On Wednesday, approximately 32 members of Parliament and the Prime Minister would sit in the House of Commons and face the equivalent of three question periods.

When the Commons adjourned five weeks ago, it was under an agreement that meetings would resume on Monday, April 20.

Rodriguez did not specify how many virtual sessions will take place per week, but his statement is consistent with what the NDP had proposed to go ahead.

The NDP previously asked the House to meet in person once a week, in addition to two virtual sessions that would involve hearing from a larger contingent of members.

The party told CBC News Sunday morning that the Liberals had offered to move to one in-person session and two virtual sessions in three weeks.

Conservatives call for more face-to-face sessions

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer continues to call for three in-person sessions per week with fewer MPs and two hours a day for question period. The Liberals initially offered only one face-to-face meeting per week.

“Parliament is an essential service,” Scheer wrote in a Postmedia editorial on Saturday. “Representatives in Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Finland and the European Parliament continue to meet in these difficult times. Our democracy should be no different. “

Although the Green Party of Canada does not have recognized party status, outgoing leader Elizabeth May tweeted On Saturday, his party would not give unanimous consent for frequent face-to-face meetings until public health boards supported this decision.

May says she supports participation in the Commons only if there is a compelling reason to do so – such as passing a law – and says that the virtual sessions are sufficient for question period.



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