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Hybrid House sittings: Liberals want permanent

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Government House Leader Mark Holland unveiled Thursday the federal Liberals’ plans to make hybrid sittings in House of Commons a permanent feature.

What was enacted as a temporary measure to ensure Parliament’s business could continue safely during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has since become a mainstay through a series of time-limited agreements.

And now, the minority Liberal government is looking to open up the Standing Orders once again, to cement the change in the rulebook that governs the House.

This comes after the Procedure and House Affairs Committee recommended the hybrid structure and electronic voting system should become the new way of doing things.

Holland’s announcement also comes just a few weeks before the current hybrid sitting provisions are set to expire.

It is expected that debate over the proposal will prompt some contention, as not all MPs are supportive of this break with decades of parliamentary precedent.

This is a breaking news story. More information to come.


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