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Challenges to virtual sittings not insurmountable, say MPs, experts, but reforms should reflect House’s diversity

By Beatrice Paez      

Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez says the House could resume sitting virtually within the next four weeks and says the House Speaker's team is working on it.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, pictured on March 24, 2020, at the emergency sitting of the House, where a small contingent of MPs across parties convened to pass the feds’ emergency COVID-19 legislation. The House administration is in the process of assessing how to convene Parliament virtually, with an eye towards setting it up within four weeks’ time. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

In the absence of daily televised parliamentary sittings, many MPs have been consigned to the sidelines of the pandemic, operating largely behind the scenes as they tend to constituency issues and keep tabs on the federal government’s evolving and unprecedented response to the coronavirus. But the looming prospect of convening the House virtually holds the promise of bringing greater scrutiny, say experts and current and former MPs, though there’s much to debate over which aspects could—and should—be swiftly adapted to the digital age. 

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MacAulay says ‘progress’ being made cutting veterans’ benefit backlog amid COVID-19

News|By Palak Mangat
After vowing to hire about 350 new workers and extend the contracts of roughly 160 existing staff members last summer, teams will be simultaneously ‘up and running’ in the next quarter, the feds say.

‘Enough is enough’: new group aims to open path for Filipino-Canadian candidates in next federal election

Filipino-Canadians could rally voters in closely-contested ridings across the country, say the founders of the Filipino Canadian Political Association.

MPs call for re-vamp of federal role in long-term care system devastated by COVID-19

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With the most anticipated budget in recent Canadian history just around the corner, MPs from both sides of the aisle are calling for desperately needed infrastructure funding for long-term care homes across the country.

Thirteen suburban ridings will be key battlegrounds in next election, say former Liberal MPs and pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
If an election were held today, the Liberals would win most of the 13 suburban ridings decided by the closest margins in the last election, say pollsters.

Feds brushing ‘crumbs’ to Black Canadians, says former Liberal MP Caesar-Chavannes

In appointing her successor as parliamentary secretary, Celina Caesar-Chavannes says the prime minister is continuing a ‘pattern of behaviour.’

In election-style address, Trudeau pits Liberals’ appetite for change with Conservatives’

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In his Liberal convention address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took several direct swipes at Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole.

Liberals endorse basic income, whistleblower protections, ‘green new deal’ at convention

News|By Beatrice Paez
There were a number of resolutions that were immediately shot down by grassroots members, including one urging the government to create a program for student-loan recipients to reduce their debt through volunteer work.

Digital-first campaigns come with competitive advantage, Democratic organizers tell Grits

Remote staffing can be a ‘game changer’ to bring in diversity of skills and organizers for key roles are among the lessons learned by U.S. Democratic organizers during a pandemic election.

Liberal MPs Fergus, Ien reflect on death of George Floyd nearly a year since his killing

News|By Beatrice Paez
As the only Black female MP in Parliament, the Liberals' Marci Ien says it was equally important for her to demonstrate to young people that she had a place in politics.
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