Canada-China Relations Committee to hold virtual meetings as pandemic continues – National


The parliamentary committee on Canada-China relations can now hold virtual meetings as coronavirus cases around the world continue to climb and tensions between Beijing and the West continue to worsen.In a motion passed on Monday, the House of Commons added the high-level and newly formed committee to the list of people allowed to hold virtual meetings, with regular parliamentary sessions remaining largely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the public safety committee will also be able to hold its meetings virtually.

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Regular business in the House of Commons has been suspended since March when federal parties agreed to suspend it in an attempt to limit the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

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Since then, Members of Parliament have met in hybrid formats, including limited official sittings of the House of Commons and four times a week – before the summer – meetings of a special coronavirus committee that has seen some members in the building and most participate virtually.

Committee work also stagnated at first, but has since been brought online, with a May 26 motion establishing a limited number of committees that could transition to the new experimental format.

This list of seven committees included those responsible for health, finance and government operations, and industry.

The total number of committees working online has now increased to nine with the addition of the Canada-China Relations Committee and the Public Safety Committee to this list.

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The move comes as tensions with China continue to grow over the implementation of a national security law in Hong Kong that dismantles that country’s democracy and has led Canada, Australia and the states – United to suspend the extradition and trade treaties granting special status to the former British colony. .

It also comes as the World Health Organization continues to work on the early stages of an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and the management of the outbreak.

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The WHO has faced strong criticism over fears that it will rely too much on Chinese data and false information that is costing precious time to respond to the early outbreak.

WHO officials have admitted to praising China’s handling of the outbreak in the early days in an attempt to get more information from the Beijing regime.

The coronavirus pandemic has since infected 14,598,455 people around the world and killed 608,386, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

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