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Ottawa, May 23 (Canadian-Media): Although Canada's political parties had been discussing on bringing back Parliament, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that irrespective of the Parties' decision, the parliament would continue to function with reduced number of members physically present three times a week for coming weeks, media reports said.
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The Conservatives, under the leadership of Andrew Scheer, had been pushing for Parliament to return to normal functions on Monday saying Parliament sessions cannot be replaced by virtual committee meetings.
The Conservatives said that the House of Commons should be considered an "essential service" and should accommodate about 50 MPs at once, with a plan for voting and a way for all committees to hold virtual meetings with the same powers they have during in-person meetings.
The global COVID-19 pandemic had caused the House to be adjourned since March. The parliament had resumed only to pass legislation on emergency financial benefits
The House is scheduled to return Monday, and an agreement would be reached among the parties on how the proceedings will unfold.
A special committee comprising all 338 MPs, formed to deal only with matters related to COVID-19 has been meeting twice a week virtually and in-person on Wednesdays.
According to the House Speaker's office, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 linked to in-person House sittings or committee meetings to date.
"Any suspected case of COVID-19 within the House of Commons community is monitored very closely, in keeping with a protocol established based on advice from public health officials," said, Spokesperson Heather Bradley and added normal service levels are not required for recent sittings of the House or committee meetings.