What We're Watching: Negotiations over House's return continue - 2020-04-19

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F0.png What We're Watching: Negotiations over House's return continue April 19, 2020, Kady O'Malley, iPolitics

As previewed by Process Nerd last week, and as per the terms of the original all-party deal to temporarily suspend Chamber business, the House "is automatically set to resume regular programming on April 20 unless the House leaders of all four recognized parties co-sign a written request to continue the current hiatus, either by setting a new date to restart the session or extending it until further notice."

So far, such cross-aisle consensus has been elusive, however, with the Conservatives vowing to block any move that could restrict their capacity to hold the minority Liberal government to account — which, in their view, requires direct interaction in the House of Commons itself, albeit with a limited number of MPs in the Chamber.

In an open letter published under his name over the weekend, outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer proposed "three in-person sittings each week to allow MPs to debate and vote on essential COVID-19 legislation," as well as "two hours each day to question the prime minister and ministers on all aspects of the government's response to the pandemic."

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