Inside the COVID-19 Commons: the Liberals of key expenditure before the summer sessions of the


OTTAWA, on —
The federal government has taken billions of dollars in spending measures during a special House of Commons sitting, with the support of enough Members of the opposition not to invite formal standing of the votes. The conclusion of the special session marks the end of more routine gatherings of Deputies, with the next time the House meets scheduled for the beginning of July.

Through a series of oral, approvals, Mps have signed approximately $ 87 billion in funds tie more federal departments, and, in this case, COVID-19 aid programs until the fall. The agreement to pass the financing has been given to us “to split”, which means no vote was necessary.

The two expenditures of the treasury have been at the first opportunity since the outbreak of the judgment of the regular sessions for Members to indicate whether or not they still have confidence in the Liberal minority, although the session ended without the possibility of being caught.

The Liberal commitment to an extension of a key COVID-19 assistance program, the Canada Emergency Response Services, which had guaranteed the necessary support to adopt the budget for additional spending — otherwise known as the power, or the next cycle of the schedule and of the new federal spending.

Because the Liberal minority standing, they need to have the support of at least one of the other parties in order to pass spending measures, and the stakes were much higher in this case, because all the votes that have to do with money, such as the federal budget or the estimates, are traditionally seen as a vote of confidence.

In every parliament, a government lives as long as he retains the confidence of the House of Commons. This confidence is demonstrated every time a key vote to pass.

To approve the funding comes a time that the Bloc Québécois and the NDP has signalled that they were not interested in seeing Meps in the run up to the line of the ballots, in the midst of a pandemic-which could happen if the Liberals lost Wednesday’s vote of confidence and a snap election has been called.


On Wednesday, the meeting marked the 40th day, there has been some form of the workforce of the House of Commons sitting in the last year, which included the usual suspension during the summer of 2019, and then the fall federal election campaign.

If after that October vote, the Liberals have waited until December to reconvene the House. has asked the Government house Leader Pablo Rodriguez last week about the limitation of the number of sitting days and, as a result, the limitation on the number of government mandate items that have been able to progress. He said that the time of pre-pandemic to adjust to the minority of reality was necessary and nobody could have foreseen a global health crisis would hit.

“We proposed a very ambitious programme, very full, speech from the throne, with all that comes with it, and then we had COVID,” Rodriguez said. “But even with COVID, we’ve adapted.”

The prime Minister Justin Trudeau said once again Wednesday that the agreement to sit under the current structure has been achieved, with the support of the NDP and the Greens, and defended the Liberal approach of the Parliament.

“Three different parties met to make a determination of what the Parliament would do,” Trudeau said.

“Every time something doesn’t go their way an opposition party cries out:” oh, no, ” and it is a dictatorship all of a sudden. It is a little irresponsible, and undermines I think the strength of our democracy that we have been able to show through this crisis,” said the prime minister during his Cottage Curtain press conference.


Before the special session is in progress, the Deputies held their second meeting of all parties COVID-19 committee Members. The committee is the first real experience with a hybrid parliamentary sitting in the House chamber, but this experience is almost over.

As was the case in 23 of these meetings, so far, Deputies have offered the states and riding-specific petitions, before going through a period of questioning style of the session when the Liberals were grilled on the gaps in their COVID-19 plans and other policy issues.

In the motion adopted on 16 May, which has put the structure in place of the summer meetings, the Members voted to discontinue the special committee after the meeting on Thursday. His end will also mark the end of a certain form of the Members of the meeting, four days per week, with them, not all together until the first of the four-day session in the month of July.

As of June 18, the special committee will cease to exist, leaving only four meetings— July 8, July 22, August. 12, and August. 26— faced with the prospect of a more “normal” of the House of Commons may call for come Sept. 21.

And as Trudeau announced Wednesday morning, the 8th of July sitting will also be where the Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will present “financial and economic snapshot.”


One of the major limitations that has not yet worked on how to allow Members to vote remotely.

This question is one of Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) committee has been diving deeper in, and by evaluating how formal hybrid of the House of Commons session might occur, the rule changes necessary to allow for this, and what it would take to implement a system of remote voting. The committee has been given on the 23 June deadline to report back to his colleagues.

The government, with the support of the NDP, argued that the Parliament has continued to operate through the pandemic, noting that, under the new structure, the government has faced more questions of the opposition than it would in a normal session of the assembly of the settings.

However, the Conservatives, and to a certain degree the Bloc Québécois, have characterized the special committee as essentially a knock-off of the Parliament and called for a stronger recovery sessions, which would have allowed for greater accountability on the massif of the policies of the government in the course of the deployment, 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 plans when it comes to the summer and fall schedule.


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