Inside the common COVID-19: the key votes are held between the deputies and the sessions were


OTTAWA, on –
On Wednesday, the House of commons will hold a series of key votes on the spending measures that will allow members to indicate if they still have confidence in the minority liberal government in a period of pandemic. It seems that the commitment of liberals to extend a program to help key COVID-19, the provision of emergency response in Canada, will be this which will ensure them the necessary support to survive the vote, expected at the end of the account. However, other questions arise about the future of the Parliament in the middle of COVID-19.

During a morning meeting with the media, the leader of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh, has confirmed that his caucus will vote in favour of the supplementary estimates — otherwise known as the appropriations or of the next cycle of federal spending provided and new — that will bind the federal departments and, in this case, COVID – 19 aid programs until the fall.

“We know that things are limited, given that we are in a pandemic. But we are confident that we can continue to push hard to get a real help to Canadians, ” said Singh.

It is also possible that the Bloc québécois agrees with him, as chief Yves-François Blanchet has stated at his own press conference Wednesday that he was not interested, not what Canadians come out to vote during a pandemic, although his party recently sided with the conservatives have called for debates that are solid at Room.

This range of estimates represents approximately $ 87 billion and the liberals are asking the deputies to examine, debate and adopt the folder in a period of about four hours.

Because of the minority status of liberals, they must have the support of at least one of the other parties to pass, and the stakes are considerably higher in this case, because all the votes that have to do with the money, like the federal budget or the budget forecasts, are traditionally considered to be votes of confidence.

In every parliament, a government lives as long as it maintains the confidence of the House of commons. This confidence manifests whenever a voting key is adopted.

The discussion is currently in progress in a committee of the whole, with a series of votes planned for the early evening.


Wednesday marks the 40th day, where there has been a sort of meeting real of the House of commons last year, which has included the usual suspension during the summer of 2019, and then the federal election campaign of fall.

Although, after this vote in October, the liberals have waited until December for the reconvening of the House. has requested last week the leader of the government in the House, Pablo Rodriguez, the limited number of sitting days and, therefore, the limited number of government mandates that were able to make progress. He said that the time required before the pandemic in order to adapt to the reality of minority was needed, and that nobody could have foreseen that a global health crisis was going to hit.

“We proposed a very ambitious programme, a speech from the Throne very complete, with everything that goes with it, and then we had COVID,” said Rodriguez. “But even with COVID, we’ve adapted.”

The Prime minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Wednesday that the agreement to serve under the current structure had been concluded with the support of the NDP and the Greens, and has defended the approach of the liberals vis-à-vis the Parliament.

“Three different parties met to determine what Parliament would do,” said Trudeau.

“Every time something does not go in their sense, an opposition party, cries,” oh no “and it is suddenly a dictatorship. It is a kind of irresponsible and it undermines, I think, the strength of our democracy that we have been able to show through this crisis, ” said the Prime minister during his press conference at Curtain Cottage.


No government bill is placed on the order paper of the notice, and, although it is possible that bill C-17, already filed and stopped once, to be examined, this is not expected on Wednesday. This is the bill that cracks down on the fraudsters of the CERB, and makes other changes to the assistance program, including the payment of $ 600 to some Canadians with disabilities that the liberals have tried to accelerate the last week but have not managed to obtain the support of the opposition.

This is the only bill emergency COVID-19 to have been filed that has not been adopted quickly. The other four that have been developed between mid-march and mid-June have all received the royal assent in a day or two.


Before the start of the special session, meps held their second-to-last meeting of the all-party special committee COVID-19. The committee is the first real experience of a parliamentary session-in hybrid in the Room, but this experience is almost over.

As was the case in 23 of these meetings until now, mps have issued statements and petitions that are specific to each district, before going through a session-style question period where the liberals have been grilled on the deficiencies of their plans COVID-19 and on other key political issues.

In the motion adopted on 16 may, which has put in place the structure of the sessions was, the mps voted for the termination of the special committee after the meeting on Thursday. His end will also mark the end of a certain form of mps is bringing together four days per week, with all of them set up the first of four days of special session of July.

As of June 18, the special committee will cease to exist, leaving only the four meetings – 8 July, 22 July, 12 August and 26 August – before the prospect of a House of commons more “normal” to be able to meet in September. 21.

And as Trudeau announced Wednesday morning, the session on 8 July will also be the opportunity for the minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, to present “a snapshot of economic and fiscal”.


One of the main limitations that remain to be solved is how to allow members to vote remotely.

This is a question on which the committee on procedure and House affairs (PROC) has investigated and evaluated how a session hybrid official of the House of commons could take place, the rule changes necessary to allow for this, and what it would take to implement remote voting. system. The committee was given a deadline of 23 June for a report to his colleagues.

The government – with the support of the NDP – has argued that the Parliament has continued to operate during the pandemic, noting that in the framework of the new structure, the government has had to face more questions of the opposition than it would have had in the framework of the normal parameters of the session to the Room.

However, the conservatives and, to a certain extent, the Bloc quebecois, have called the special committee to essentially overthrow the Parliament and called for a robust recovery sessions that would have allowed for greater accountability on the huge government policies. outside, while respecting the health and safety of everyone on Parliament Hill.

Therefore, it remains to be seen whether the recommendations of the PROC could result in a change of plan regarding the schedule of meetings for summer and fall.


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