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The Great Debates: the pros and cons of GMOs and axing Friday sittings in the House

In this new P&I series, experts go head-to-head on a wide range of political issues. Our first installment has debaters tackling the risks and benefits of genetically modified food, and whether or not Parliament should scrap Friday sittings in the House of Commons. The Great Debates allows readers to weigh the words of the columnists to form fulsome opinions on the discussions that are shaping Canada.

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Q: ‘Should Parliament get rid of Friday sittings?’  Thinking about ways to make the House of Commons more family-friendly has been happening for years, but now the Liberals are pushing parliamentarians to seriously consider major reforms, including most divisively, no longer having the House sit on Fridays. To accommodate one less day in the Chamber, procedural experts have recommended options including a) sit longer hours Monday to Thursday; b) change the way votes happen to be electronic or

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