OK, let s make history : hybrid House of Commons convenes to debate COVID-19
|CTVnews 27 May 2020 at 12:52|
OTTAWA -- "OK, let s make history": with those words from the Speaker of the House of Commons, a hybrid meeting of members of Parliament is now underway.
It s the first time in Canadian history that MPs are able to either be in seats in the House of Commons or logged in virtually to debate.
It s not, however, a normal sitting of the House of Commons with all the rules, tradition and privileges that entails.
Parliament itself is adjourned, largely replaced with meetings of a special committee focused almost exclusively on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois had argued that was no longer sufficient, but lost out in a vote last night that saw the NDP back a Liberal plan to continue with the COVID-19 committee in the hybrid form that began today.