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Ottawa, Apr 19 (Canadian-Media): A tentative agreement reached by the Liberal government with the NDP and the Bloc Québécois about the conditions under which Parliament will reconvene this week, was rejected by the Conservatives Sunday afternoon, media reports said.
Andrew Scheer, Leader of Conservative Party of Canada as well as Opposition Party leader had been insisting on meeting in the Commons three times a week, which implies negotiations between the Conservatives and other parties must continue ahead of Monday, the original date MPs were to reconvene when Parliament adjourned five weeks ago.
Andrew Scheer. Image credit: Twitter handle
Conservatives had been criticized by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his Sunday COVID-19 briefing earlier in the day, for their repeated calls to convene in the Commons' chamber.
In contrast, the tentative deal between the Liberals, NDP and Bloc starts with a proposal for a single in-person sitting beginning this Wednesday.
By next week, one session would be held virtually on Tuesday, followed by a sitting in the chamber on Wednesday.
When Trudeau said that to all 338 MPs and their staff in the House of Commons would be an irresponsible move due to public health guidance of physical distancing, Scheer fired back at Trudeau and said his proposal of two hours per session to question ministers is in line with the protocols legislators had been following during the government's last two emergency sittings.