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Under COVID-19 pandemic, MPs across parties and jurisdictions are shifting heavily toward service

What these stories also tell us is that, while there were ongoing calls to see MPs back in Ottawa as soon as possible, perhaps we should be happy that there was not a decision to rush MPs back to their full-scale of House duties.

Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna (Ottawa Centre, Ont.), right, pictured June 1, 2020, arriving for that day's ministerial briefing for the media on the pandemic. Especially for MPs who have shifted their Ottawa staff to aid with constituency work, as many told us they had to do, there are legitimate questions about how soon and how effectively they could take on the same House responsibilities as they did pre-COVID, write Kelly Blidook, Royce Koop, and Lesley Anne Fuga who recently wrote an article on this issue in the Canadian Journal of Political Science. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Politicians are often criticized about the work they do and the pay they receive for doing it. Whenever Parliament is in session, Members of Parliament are criticized for what they do while in Ottawa. When Parliament isn’t in session (about half of the year) MPs are criticized for being on vacation. When COVID-19 sent most MPs home from Ottawa, concerns were voiced that they weren’t working.

MPs back more modest option for Parliament visitors’ centre as Centre Block renos roll on

'I appreciate we’re not going for the Cadillac option. …  The larger option was much more expensive,' says NDP House Leader Peter Julian. 'We’re talking about over $110-million in savings.'

Canada ‘ill-prepared’ for potential coronavirus second wave, says Senate committee

News|By Beatrice Paez
The committee noted that the Public Health Agency of Canada has yet to revise or finalize its guidance for long-term care homes in light of concerns about its current relevance.

Cultural assessments needed for sentencing reform, say advocates, amid calls to address high Black incarceration rates

Justice advocates agree with the Black Parliamentary Caucus’ recent call for pre-sentencing reports, similar to the Gladue reports for Indigenous offenders, to be used for racialized Canadians.

Disaggregated data key to ensuring representative workplaces, say experts, as PMO skirts Black staff statistic

The PMO declined to provide a specific breakdown of self-identified Black staffers among cabinet offices when asked, but says it plans to circulate further voluntary surveys to better understand its staff ‘later this sum

Argentina, Chile, DRC, Hungary, and Madagascar say they backed Canada’s UN Security Council bid, but closest allies are silent

News|By Neil Moss
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand were among 17 countries that wouldn't comment on whether they backed Canada's recent bid for a Security Council seat.

Feds’ fiscal snapshot puts deficit at more than $340-billion, with promise of an update in fall

News|By Beatrice Paez
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says a decision on whether the government intends to release a full budget in the fall will be dependent on efforts at managing the pandemic and its economic fallout.

Feds should more clearly verify who is allowed to repay student loans at reduced rates, says auditor general

News|By Palak Mangat
According to an auditor general report, ESDC 'did not properly check the accuracy of applications.'

Poor data, deficiencies in case management to blame for slow pace in enforcing deportation orders, says auditor general

News|By Beatrice Paez
According to CBSA, most of the cases in its 'wanted' inventory involve individuals 'considered a low risk to public safety and are not an agency priority.'

Canada needs to protect Arctic sovereignty to confront emboldened Putin, say MP and expert

News|By Neil Moss
Liberal MP John McKay says there will be 'incursions and intrusions and aggressive actions taken increasingly in the Arctic' by Russia.
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