As parties attempt to hash out a workable sitting plan, the House administration has been working behind the scenes to test the voting app for potential glitches.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez, pictured May 13, 2020, is leading negotiations with his opposition counterparts on the terms under which Parliament will sit amid the global pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Political parties are still at odds over the adoption of hybrid sittings to allow for remote voting amid the pandemic, a new survey of MPs suggests.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.