Coronavirus aid bill negotiations continue, agreement in principle reached: sources
|globalnews.ca 25 Mar 2020 at 03:16|
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The House of Commons was expected to sit Tuesday for the tabling of legislation meant to provide economic support during the COVID-19 pandemic .
But as of Tuesday night, talks over the draft bill stretched on.
Negotiations continued through the night and, at 11 p.m., sources said they expected it would be at least a few hours before opposition parties saw draft copies of legislation.
Earlier, sources said that an agreement in principle had been reached but that opposition members had not seen any final text.
Under the special operating rules for this extraordinary sitting of the House of Commons, a relief package and other measures can only be passed by unanimous consent of all Liberal, Conservative, BQ and NDP MPs in the House.
One Conservative MP said the party was ready to pass the aid package but not if it was a “power grab” for the Liberals.
“We asked them to remove the power grab,” tweeted Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre just before 11:45 p.m. ET. “They have not gotten back to us. As of 11:39pm, we haven’t seen a new bill.”
REMINDER: Conservatives were ready to pass the aid package early this AM. The gov turned the aid bill into a power grab and threw the day into turmoil. We asked them to remove the power grab. They have not gotten back to us. As of 11:39pm, we haven t seen a new bill
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had earlier said that proposed sweeping new powers to let the government spend money without parliamentary approval are needed because the COVID-19 pandemic presents an “exceptional situation.”