Modernizing our Parliament shouldn’t end with COVID-19

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April 21, 2020

Modernizing our Parliament shouldn’t end with COVID-19

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By Eleanor Fast,

In unprecedented times come unprecedented measures.

Amid COVID-19, Canadians have learned this first hand. Just six weeks ago, social distancing was a concept most had never heard of. Working from home, while on the rise in many industries, was far from the status-quo.

And while discussions of remote and virtual participation in the House of Commons weren’t unheard of, the prospect of MPs voting or participating in debate from anywhere but Ottawa was far from a reality. Then came COVID-19. A pandemic with enormous impacts on the lives, well-being, and day-to-day realities of all Canadians. With it, came the need for an effective way for our Parliament to continue its work, from passing time-sensitive legislation, to allowing for the necessary debate and opposition that is critical to a healthy democracy.

Click here to read the full article published by I Politics on 24 April 2020.

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