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‘Put your own health at risk, but my health? No’: MPs, Senators calling on all colleagues to be fully vaxxed for Parliament’s return next month

By Mike Lapointe      

Liberal MP-elect John McKay says he should have the 'absolute right' to expect that his colleagues in Parliament have done everything they can possibly do to make sure that they are not transmitting COVID-19.

Canadian Senators Group Leader Scott Tannas, left, Independent Senator Rosa Galvez, and NDP MP-elect Don Davies. Mr. Davies says he believes 'as political leaders, we should be applying the same rules to ourselves that we expected federal civil servants to follow.' Photographs courtesy of the Senate of Canada, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With Parliament set to return five weeks from now, some Senators and MPs say all Parliamentarians should be fully vaccinated before returning to in-person sittings in both the House and the Senate, after many months of hybrid sittings throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Conservative Senate Leader Plett taking ‘a few weeks’ off for ‘personal health reasons,’ Sen. Housakos taking over as interim leader

News|By Abbas Rana
Conservative Sen. Don Plett declined to say why Sen. Denise Batters remains a member of the Conservative Senate caucus despite her expulsion from the national caucus.

Green lobby ready to press on, following environment-focused October

After four months in the top spot, lobbying related to economic development fell behind advocacy related to the environment in October.

Following Three Amigos summit, Canada looking for friends in U.S. Senate to curtail EV tax credit

News|By Neil Moss
With the American Senate's even-split among party lines, U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is 'a decent bet to upset the vote,' says Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association president Flavio Volpe.

Canada may be back at pre-pandemic employment levels, but the hard part isn’t over, say experts

News|By Alice Chen
'Once the tide rolls out on all of this rebound, we’re expecting fairly weak economic growth for Canada,' says the Conference Board of Canada's Pedro Antunes.

‘COVID is just purely an excuse’: Advocates call for auditor general review of access to information regime

News|By Neil Moss
A September report from Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard found that nine separate complaints of access to information delay were 'well founded.'

Inflation pressures on economy, workforce ‘absolutely surprised’ everyone, including BoC, says top economist

News|By Mike Lapointe
There have been a variety of reasons why inflation has 'absolutely surprised' everyone, including the persistence of strong energy prices and how widespread supply issues have been globally, says BMO's Douglas Porter.

Conservatives raise questions of privilege about House clerk Robert and Hill-mandated vaccination rules

News|By Abbas Rana
Conservatives argue that the House vaccination rules should be finalized by MPs and not by the Commons Board of Internal Economy.

Canada Post community hubs a ‘very good value proposition’, but can’t go too far into private sector services, say Liberal, Tory MPs

News|By Alice Chen
A new community hub in northern Alberta includes financial services, money transfers, business supplies, access to local business and community information, electrical vehicle charging, and and postal and parcel boxes.

House committees set to be whipped up as MPs settle in

How committees are struck and how long it takes varies Parliament to Parliament, and depends on what parties agree to through negotiations.
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