Even as there was broad-based agreement among committee members on the parameters of the study, including for calling on constitutional, legal, privacy, and technology experts, there was some resistance on the need to involve public health experts.
Liberal MP Ruby Sahota, chair of PROC, says the committee has four or five meetings left before it is expected to report back to Parliament on the feasibility of holding virtual sittings. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Procedure and House Affairs Committee is planning to hear from the House Speaker and clerk next week as it fleshes out its study on the feasibility of holding virtual parliamentary sittings.
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Groups say they're pleased to see Ottawa picking up the pace, while the Ontario Native Women’s Association says its exclusion 'makes zero sense' and means some women will fall through the cracks in the conversation.
Manitoba Senator Patricia Bovey is pushing to see more diversity represented in the art hanging throughout the building the Upper Chamber calls home, calling the new display the ‘first iteration’ of those efforts.
The efforts of the Ottawa Group were part of just a select few foreign policy priorities mentioned during the Throne Speech, ahead of a 'disappointing' move by the U.S. to appeal a WTO softwood lumber ruling.
New PBO figures do not capture the possibility of any new government programs, and work off the assumption that there will be a 'gradual' relaxing of public health restrictions within the next 12 to 18 months.
'What better time to innovate your election system than during a pandemic? Because you're going to have to start thinking outside of the regular way,' says Stéphanie Plante, who has worked with Elections Canada.