MPs return to House of Commons for the first time in five months – National

It is a new one Parliament looks almost identical to the old election, after the September 20 election in which only a few seats were changed hands and awarded. Justin Trudeau‘NS Liberals their second consecutive minority.


And it faces many of the same problems: the ongoing fight against COVID-19, rebuilding a ravaged economy, climate change, indigenous reconciliation.

It is also likely to face similar partisan divides, with the Conservatives offering stiff opposition to most Liberal initiatives, forcing the government to rely mainly on the NDP and at times The Quebecois bloc passes legislation and votes of confidence exist.

Today’s session will open with the election of a new Speaker, followed by a speech from the throne delivered by Governor-General Mary Simon in the Senate on Tuesday.

Liberal MP Anthony Rota, Speaker during the past session, is widely expected to win re-election after deftly managing to steer the Commons through three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic- 19 with a new incorporation format that allows MPs to choose to participate virtually in the proceedings.

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But Speaker elections, in which MPs vote for ratings, can be unpredictable. Rota faced off against three Conservative MPs – Marc Dalton, Chris d’Entremont and Joel Godin – as well as Liberal MP Alexandra Mendes and New Democrat Carol Hughes, both serving as deputy speakers. in the last meeting.

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Veteran Green MP Elizabeth May is also running but she said in an interview on Sunday that she truly believes Rota deserves to be re-elected. As a candidate, however, she could deliver a five-minute speech, which she plans to use to draw attention to what she considers a major mistake. various Speakers over the past 40 years: allowing party whips to dictate who can speak in the Commons, empowering Speakers to choose who to recognize.

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Only MPs in the House of Commons can vote for the Speaker.

But then the House will have to decide whether to continue with the mixed elections. The Liberals, New Democrats and Greens strongly support the continuation of the combined format but the Conservatives and Bloc want the Commons to fully return to normal direct procedure.

As there is no consensus on how to proceed, the matter will likely have to be put to a vote by the end of the week.

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The new spokesman will also have to deal almost immediately with the Conservatives’ challenge to the decision by the internal economics committee, the all-party body that governs the House of Commons, to require anyone entering the constituency Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The issue of the vaccination status of Conservative MPs, which has driven Leader Erin O’Toole through the election campaign and beyond, became urgent this weekend as Quebec Tory MP Richard Lehoux diagnosed with COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

Lehoux attended a two-day closed-door retreat last weekend and under public health guidance the party says it will follow, that could mean any unvaccinated colleague will have to self-isolation.

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While all other parties say all of their MPs are fully vaccinated, O’Toole has consistently refused to say how many of its MPs have not been given two shots. He only said that all 119 Conservatives would be able to enter the Commons, because they had been vaccinated or had a medical exemption.

However, House of Commons government leader Mark Holland suggested Sunday that the Commission need to pass a system to verify the validity of medical exemptions demanded by some unidentified Conservative MPs.

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The legislative agenda promises to be packed, with the Liberals pledging in their electoral platform to introduce or reintroduce at least eight bills in the first 100 days of a third term. their. Commons is scheduled to run only 24 days before the 100-day clock ends on February 3.

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The government is also planning to introduce two off-platform bills that it hopes can pass quickly: one that implements new, more targeted benefits aimed at individuals and sectors. Areas, such as tourism, have been hardest hit by the pandemic, the other bill criminalizing harassment and intimidation of healthcare workers.

But since they hold only a handful of minority seats, the Liberals don’t necessarily control the agenda. Opposition parties have their own priorities that they intend to promote.

“Conservatives are ready to return to Congress and focus on securing the economic future of Canadians. This includes addressing Justin Trudeau’s inflation crisis and labor shortages,” said Conservative leader Gerard Deltell.

“After Justin Trudeau unnecessarily delayed his legislative agenda with an unnecessary election, it is up to him to develop a collaborative approach in the Commons that includes the views of all parties. into him.”

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For his part, Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has threatened to “go to hell” on the current formula for redrawing the country’s electoral map to account for population shifts, which would lead to Quebec lost a seat.

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He signaled that the Bloc would also pressure the government to spend an additional $28 billion in unconditional annual transfer payments to the provinces for healthcare, at the request of the prime ministers.

The NDP, most likely the Liberal Party’s main dance partner, also wants to see advances and more generous health transfers in pharmaceuticals and dental care. New Democrats also intend to pressure the government to reverse its decision to end the emergency pandemic benefits, ensure the super-rich pay their taxes fairly and take more aggressive action on with climate change.

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