‘We’ve delayed for too long already’ on creating hybrid sittings in the Senate, says ISG facilitator Yuen Pau Woo.
On Oct. 2, the government's representative in the Senate, Sen. Marc Gold presented a draft motion setting out potential rules for a hybrid model that Senators will vote on when they return Oct. 27. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
When the Red Chamber returns Oct. 27, the government’s representative in the Senate promised swift action to finalize hybrid sittings, but did not commit to a date when they’d be up and running.
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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.