Following negotiations over Parliament’s return, Liberals, supported by the Bloc Québécois and the NDP, passed new rules for how the House of Commons will meet during the COVID-19 crisis.
Going forward until at least May 25, Parliament will hold one in-person sitting on Wednesdays and will meet twice a week virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday sittings will include a two-hour-and-15-minute session for questioning and another session for debating new legislation, should it be required. Virtual meetings will last 90 minutes and are expected to begin on Tuesday April 28.
The government has also agreed to provide any new legislation it intends to pass to Parliament 48 hours in advance.
The federal government has announced it will begin subjecting certain foreign investments into Canada to enhanced scrutiny under the Investment Canada Act. The enhanced scrutiny will be applied to certain foreign investments, including companies in the public health and essential goods supply chain, until the economy has recovered following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government also announced it will subject all foreign investments by state-owned investors to enhanced scrutiny under the Act.
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau announced, effective at 12:00 p.m. EDT today, new measures requiring all air passengers to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel within Canada.