‘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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MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
As of January, $185-million of the $761-million approved for the first five years of work on the Centre Block building and construction of the underground welcome centre, up to 2021-22, has been spent.