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View Ryan Turnbull Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-05-13 15:44
The way I would answer that is based on the witness testimony and Samara report, which I think includes the acknowledgement that there's a continuum that most parliaments seem to be on, nationally speaking. They seem to be moving from very limited functions. The easiest to replicate virtually seems to be committee meetings, because they're smaller and they're easier to replicate in a virtual setting, so I think that has been the natural place that most have started. It seems that they're moving along a continuum to more special scrutiny sessions, or I think that's what they've been called, similar to the special committee sessions we've had on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which are two-hour “question period” sorts of sessions, but they're not formal proceedings of the House.
Moving along that continuum, we'd see more fulsome debates such as what we would see in the House of Commons in the physical setting being replicated virtually, with the opportunity for electronic and remote voting that could also be implemented and included in an incremental way, which is what we've seen in the U.K.
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