Thursday, March 19, 2020

Parliament and the pandemic II

As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can adjust proxy requirements (allowing more proxies than usual). The Business Committee includes representatives form all parties and operates by consensus, so this is a good, inclusive way of managing the House.

According to Stuff, the changes are expected to pass unanimously.