Parliament must resume to guide recovery, Conservative Leader Scheer says

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OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is renewing his call for Parliament to find a new normal that looks more like the old normal.

The Opposition chief says as the country begins a slow recovery from COVID-19, it’s more essential than ever for the Liberal government to be held accountable.

Parliament is currently adjourned until May 25, though a modified version is still meeting through a special committee focused on COVID-19.

MPs and senators have also been recalled several times to pass emergency aid legislation, with the latest round of that expected to be approved by the Senate today.

While another committee has been studying how to transition Parliament to an entirely virtual operation, Scheer says that approach is not sufficient.

He says it is possible to have MPs — not all 338 but some — meet in person in Ottawa to ensure full oversight of the government’s response.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2020.

The Canadian Press