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Political parties reach last-minute deal to temporarily change House rules for hybrid Commons, electronic voting

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The rule changes includes a sunset clause, with the terms expiring Dec. 11.

Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez, pictured in April, introduced the last-minute deal which the political parties agreed on for a hybrid sitting during this pandemic and presented the motion to change the necessary rules on the day of Parliament’s return on Sept. 23, 2020. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With no time to lose, the federal political parties reached a last-minute deal on Wednesday and unanimous consent for a government motion to temporarily change the rules for parliamentary proceedings so that a hybrid House and remote Commons voting can happen this fall during the global pandemic.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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