‘We are in unprecedented times,’ says Conservative Whip Mark Strahl.
'We were able to have frank conversations where we trusted each other,' says Liberal Whip Mark Holland, left, of his negotiations with Conservative Whip Mark Strahl and other members of the Board of Internal Economy. The Hill Times photographs by Rachel Aiello and Andrew Meade
It was about 10:30 on the night of March 12 when a small group of MPs and top staffers struck a deal to suspend Parliament amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic.
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'We are dealing with an administration that is both very unpredictable, very much America first, [and] not long-term thinking in terms of its relationship with its allies,' says former diplomat Michael Kergin.