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Ivison: Trudeau Liberals attempt another end run around accountability

National Post: "The reality is that the Liberals do not want committees to sit because they are an inconvenience to passing all the brilliant legislation that the government believes is so exquisitely crafted, it cannot be improved. In a minority parliament, the opposition parties have the majority in committee and in the House, if they band together. They did so back in March 2020, when the Trudeau government attempted a de facto suspension of parliamentary government with its first COVID relief bill, which gave the finance minister the power to tax, spend and borrow with impunity (and without parliamentary approval) for an 18-month period.

"That chastening experience has not stopped the government from trying to do another end run around the opposition parties when it comes to avoiding scrutiny in the House of Commons – incredibly with the support of the NDP. The motion that sanctions what O’Toole called “ministers hiding in their basements on Zoom” expires on June 23, 2022. But who would bet against it being renewed, particularly given the enthusiasm of New Democrats like the party’s House leader Lindsay Mathyssen, who said a hybrid House would be more “equitable,” allowing parents with young children to participate?"

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