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Canada MPs to meet today to decide on resuming Parliament during pandemic

14:12  25 may  2020
14:12  25 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Canada's parliament has gone virtual through the pandemic , assembling MPs across six time zones and giving Thirty MPs also meet each Wednesday in person -- striking "a balance that is yielding very good results," Trudeau said. Rota urged MPs to "please speak at a reasonable pace" for their sake.

That would allow MPs to resume moving motions, ask questions The Conservatives also want to see all standing and special committees begin to meet virtually and The one big hurdle to the Commons resuming normal activity is that the chamber has not resolved how to go about allowing for MPs not

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OTTAWA — The House of Commons is meeting today to decide, again, how it's going to function as COVID-19 restrictions gradually lift across the country.

The governing Liberals are proposing four sittings a week of a special committee to talk about the pandemic and how the government is responding to it, using a hybrid system with some MPs in the Commons chamber in Ottawa and others participating by video conference.

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OTTAWA -- The battle over the future of Parliament in the age of COVID-19 will resume in earnest Monday when a small group of MPs returns to the The motion proposes adding an additional day to the committee's current schedule of one meeting a week in person, with fewer than three dozen MPs

The battle over the future of Parliament in the age of COVID-19 will resume in earnest Monday when a small A House of Commons clerk prepares for the COVID-19 committee to meet in the House of The Liberals will seek to advance their proposal that the full resumption of Parliament be waived in

They would also have four days scattered through the summer when MPs could press cabinet ministers on other issues.

The Liberals appear to have the NDP's broad backing for the plan, which would be enough to get it passed today.

The Conservatives have been pushing for many more normal sittings of the Commons, with full-blown question periods and a chance to debate legislation, though with a limited number of MPs in the room to reduce the risks of spreading the novel coronavirus.

The House of Commons has been working on how to hold debates and votes with some MPs participating remotely, but hasn't yet solved technical and security challenges.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2020.

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