Canada will suspend parliament for 5 weeks due to coronavirus
Canada will officially suspend parliament for five weeks due to the growing spread of coronavirus.
The House of Commons is shutting down until April 20 in what is likely a bid to protect government officials from contracting the virus.
Of those five weeks, only two weeks were scheduled as sitting weeks — MPs were scheduled to be working in their respective constituencies for the other three weeks.
Canadian Parliament has just agreed to adjourn until April 20th (5 weeks) #COVID19— Mike Le Couteur (@mikelecouteur) March 13, 2020
Despite the suspension, the Canadian government says it will continue to spend money during the time to respond to the pandemic.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is already in self-isolation for 14 days following his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, being diagnosed with COVID-19 late Thursday evening.
I have some additional news to share this evening. Unfortunately, the results of Sophie’s COVID-19 test are positive. Therefore, she will be in quarantine for the time being. Her symptoms remain mild and she is taking care of herself and following the advice of our doctor.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 13, 2020
Two other cabinet ministers — Seamus O’Regan and Mary Ng — are also in self-isolation after attending a mining conference in Toronto where an attendee was later diagnosed with the virus.
The new NAFTA bill was passed by Parliament today, according to government house leader Pablo Rodriguez. It is expected to pass in the Senate this afternoon. All parties have also agreed to change the date of the budget from March 30.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has also suspended all upcoming jury trials until further notice.
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