HALIFAX—As readers of The Hill Times will know, “Parliament” derives from the French, parler, to speak, and Canada’s Parliament and legislatures, rooted in the British Westminster parliamentary tradition, are places in which democratically elected representatives are meant to discuss, debate and deliberate. Yet, by mid March 2020, with the COVID-19 country-wide lockdown, Canada’s formal political institutions fell very quiet, and became quite empty. A range of interim measures gradually took shape to provide a modicum of democratic dialogue, accountability and transparency, but their shortfalls became increasingly apparent and concerning.
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