Since the House of Commons suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the governing Liberals have been at odds with the Conservative official opposition, in particular, about how to proceed with parliamentary business. The Procedure and House Affairs Committee (PROC) was assigned last spring to explore how the House could adapt to its operations amid the pandemic, and to allow for hybrid House proceedings and virtual committee meetings. But the big question—the question of how the House will return to its full schedule of regular parliamentary business amid the pandemic—remains unresolved. It was unresolved in June when PROC tabled its report recommending remote voting be introduced—from which Conservatives dissented—and it was unresolved in August when The Hill Times did the rounds to see if the House leaders had yet come to an agreement. Voting is a major sticking point in the discussion. The Liberals—with the signalled support of the Bloc Québécois, NDP, and Greens—want to introduce remote electronic voting to the House. Since all 338 MPs cannot fit into the House Chamber while maintaining the recommended physical distancing practices, the government wants to allow MPs to instead lock in their votes by app, with Zoom being a proposed alternative. The Conservatives have been staunchly opposed to this suggestion, which would require amendments to the Standing Orders. The idea of amending the rules that govern the House proved a thorny issue for the two parties during the last Parliament, with Conservatives shooting down a Liberal attempt to explore possible changes to the Standing Orders, proposals that included introducing remote voting. Along with these lingering tensions, the official opposition has argued the push is an attempt by the government to dodge parliamentary accountability and be less transparent. Conservatives have suggested a major sticking point for the caucus in dissenting from PROC’s recommendations last session was the lack of a sunset clause, which would make the proposed changes to the Standing Orders temporary. Asked in late July whether the government would consider adding a sunset clause to get Conservatives onside, a spokesperson for Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez said House leaders would be discussing the matter in the “coming weeks.” Those weeks have passed, and on the eve of Parliament’s return—by all public indications—the question of how the House will resume regular business remains essentially unresolved. Bloc Québécois MPs are currently in isolation after their caucus was exposed to a staffer who tested positive for COVID-19, and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is also in isolation after an exposure. A parliamentary security guard also tested positive for the virus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he’ll move ahead with plans for a hybrid sitting model, one that includes remote voting. That can happen without unanimous consent, but before it comes to that, House leaders need to put aside their partisan predilections and try to come to an agreement that works for everyone and also for the sake of the country and democracy. We're in the midst of a global pandemic and the political parties need to come together and lead.