Parliament imposes compulsory vaccination rule on most MPs – .

Parliament imposes compulsory vaccination rule on most MPs – .

Most MPs – and anyone else entering the House of Commons – will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when Parliament returns on November 22.
The Board of Internal Economy, Parliament’s governing body responsible for administrative rules, announced the requirement today.

“This requirement will apply to anyone who wishes to enter the City of the House of Commons, including Members of Parliament and their staff, employees of the Political Research Bureau, employees of the administration, members of the Tribune of parliamentary press, parliamentary business visitors, contractors and consultants, ”said a statement from the board.

The statement goes on to say that those who have a valid medical reason for avoiding vaccination “will have the opportunity to provide proof of a recent negative result in the rapid COVID-19 antigen test.”

Liberal MP Anthony Rota is Chairman of the Board of Internal Economy. The board of directors is made up of nine deputies representing each party elected to parliament, with the exception of the Greens.

Parliament will consider a person fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of a vaccine approved by Health Canada.

The compulsory vaccination policy is in addition to the preventive measures already in place in Parliament, in particular the wearing of compulsory masks and the closing of the grounds to the public.

Both the Liberals and the NDP demanded that their candidates be vaccinated during the election campaign, although they did not extend this requirement to staff members. The Bloc Québécois said during the campaign that all of its candidates were vaccinated.

The Conservatives have not released similar vaccination statistics, but the party told CBC News in September that Conservative MPs will follow all public health guidelines.

Parliament is expected to resume on November 22, just over two months after election day.

The office of Pablo Rodriguez, the government House leader, has indicated that Parliament may resume under the hybrid model that was used during much of the pandemic, allowing some MPs to virtually attend.

“We think the Hybrid House of Commons worked well earlier this year. We are in favor of maintaining hybrid sittings of the House and the use of technology to ensure that Parliament continues to function well for all Canadians, ”said Rodriguez spokesperson Simon Ross.

Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet called for an end to the hybrid system soon after the election, saying any unvaccinated MP should stay at home.


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