New House Speaker Anthony Rota promises to be fair but firm and he's starting to host regular social gatherings with small groups of MPs across party lines so they can get to know each other on a personal level. He's also going to have a suggestion box, prominently displayed, for MPs to offer their ideas on how to improve House decorum.
Newly elected Speaker Anthony Rota, pictured in his West Block office on Dec. 11, 2019, says, 'It’s important to all Canadians, whose parents have come to Canada as immigrants, [to know] that all positions in government are open to them.' He is Canada's first House Speaker of Italian descent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
When Anthony Rota stood in the House last month to deliver his first remarks as the newly elected House Speaker, he may have caught even himself off guard.
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The 'biggest point of concern right now' is 'making sure that we keep those shipments of fresh vegetables and other commodities rolling in by truck across the border, truck or train,' says John Manley.
The number of lobbying files connected to COVID-19 has exploded in the last week, with 90 registrations for 55 organizations outlining plans to push federal officials on issues ranging from policy to funding.
In Canada, separate projects are underway that would combine phone location data with positive COVID-19 diagnoses to notify individuals about potential exposure in what their creators say are privacy-friendly ways.