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House officers in ‘preliminary discussions’ on Parliament’s return, contingency plans, says NDP whip

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Opposition parties need enough lead time to pore over the legislation, to avoid a repeat of the late-night sitting that occurred when they were 'surprised' to learn that the government was seeking unlimited spending powers until December 2021, says Rachel Blaney.
Plus, the Board of Internal Economy Committee is meeting in camera to discuss 'employment matters' in relation to COVID-19.
News|By Beatrice Paez
In a time of great uncertainty and anxiety, Dr. Theresa Tam has emerged as a 'compelling' figure who has an ability to deliver information without dramatizing the stakes. 'She gives us straightforward, evidence-based
Plus, Finance Minister Bill Morneau projects that the wage subsidy program will cost $71-billion.
The government is working to recall Parliament to consider passing what the prime minister has cast as the 'biggest economic measures' in Canada’s history.
'We need a sustainable and stable supply of these products, and that means making them at home, and we’re optimistic that they will be available in the coming weeks,' says Prime Minister Trudeau.
Plus, the House Health Committee convenes for a videoconference meeting today.
Plus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie, has been given the all clear by the doctor after testing positive.
Plus, Ottawa officially names acting U.S. ambassador Kirsten Hillman to the post.
Plus, the government has agreed to hold weekly electronic meetings with the opposition to review its response to COVID-19.
News|By Beatrice Paez
'Given the scope and scale of this crisis, it’s incumbent on the government to provide them with supplementary budgeting to adequately provide the support they’re looking for,' says NDP MP Matthew Green.
In a last-ditch attempt to convince the Conservative leadership committee to push back the timeline , Conservative MPs Marilyn Gladu and Derek Sloan, along with Rudy Husny, issued a joint appeal.
News|By Beatrice Paez
In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and premiers on Monday night, Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty said governments should put forward a uniform definition of what is considered essential.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his party remains committed to passing the legislation, as outlined by the prime minister last week, but would not give it unfettered spending powers.
Plus, former Conservative MP Lisa Raitt, who chairs the party's leadership committee, says there aren't any plans to push back the contest.
News|By Beatrice Paez
'Some people think they are invincible. They continue to go outside, especially since they think the weather is getting better,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of people who continue to defy appeals to stay home.
Plus, Conservative MP and leadership candidate Erin O'Toole adds his voice to growing calls to delay the party's June 27 convention.
Government officials, provincially, federally, and municipally, have repeatedly urged Canadians who are able to, to stay at home, and only leave when running essential errands.
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne is in self-isolation after getting tested for COVID-19. Mr. Champagne says he recently returned from foreign trip and was experiencing flu-like symptoms.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Discussions among House leaders are underway to determine when next week the House will return to pass the emergency legislation.
News|By Beatrice Paez
House leaders will be dialling in by phone on Wednesday to hash out the details of the relief package, including securing assurances that opposition parties will have enough lead time to scrutinize the legislation.
Plus, the Conservative Party dismissed calls from some candidates to extend the filing deadline for raising the leadership entrance fee and requisite signatures.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, defending the decision to exempt the U.S. from the restrictions, says a carveout was necessary because the border is a 'lifeline' between the two countries. 
Plus, G7 leaders hold videoconference to discuss efforts at co-operation, as the epicentre of the virus shifts to Europe.
Quebec moved to ban public gatherings with crowds of more than 250 people to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, while Ontario decided to cancel classes for the next couple of weeks.
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'Nothing can inoculate us completely against this latest global pandemic, or against the folly of states compounding this economic damage by choosing this worst-possible moment to launch a global oil-price war.'
Plus, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is scheduled to headline a talk hosted by the C.D. Howe Institute at the Rideau Club at noon.
Plus, Health Minister Patty Hajdu is slated to appear before the House Health Committee for a briefing on her mandate letter.

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