National Assembly to suspend work until April 21

The National Assembly will suspend its work until April 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sources confirmed to The Canadian Press.
A motion to adjourn should be tabled Tuesday, as was the case in the House of Commons last Friday.

“What we want is to adopt the necessary budgetary appropriations (…) quickly and then close the National Assembly,” said Prime Minister François Legault, Monday, during his daily press briefing.

Last week, the National Assembly closed its doors to visitors, but did not interrupt parliamentary work.

But the situation has evolved and “the current circumstances fully justify this postponement,” the Prime Minister said in a statement. “It is important for all members of the House to focus their efforts on helping communities in their counties.”

A small number of MPs are expected to appear in the House at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to adopt sufficient budgetary funds to operate the machinery of government.

Powers of super nurses

The government also wants to hastily adopt four bills that are, after all, consensual, including the one granting more powers to super nurses.

The parliamentary leader of the government, Simon Jolin-Barrette, affirmed Monday on the social networks to hold “positive discussions” with the parliamentary leaders of the oppositions as for the organization of the parliamentary work in the Assembly.

They thanked them for their cooperation, also described as “exemplary” by the Prime Minister.

“It is in a spirit of unity and by putting public health above all other concerns that I have participated since this morning in these discussions on behalf of Québec solidaire,” Gabriel Gabrieleau-Dubois replied on Twitter.

“We agree on exceptional procedures for an exceptional situation,” then tweeted the parliamentary leader of the Parti Quebecois (PQ), Martin Ouellet.

Two deputies in isolation

The PQ indicated that its agricultural critic, the member for Bonaventure, Sylvain Roy, had placed himself in solitary confinement.

“For the sake of prevention, I do voluntary confinement, because as you know, a little over a year ago, I had medical treatment linked to cancer. I currently have certain flu-like symptoms that require me to be careful, ”wrote Roy.

He thus followed in the footsteps of the Caquist deputy for Vachon, Ian Lafrenière, who last Friday placed himself in voluntary isolation following a trip to the United States.

“Following a short stay in the United States, I am in voluntary quarantine until March 23. I isolate myself out of respect for my colleagues and my fellow citizens, even without any symptoms, ”he said on social networks.

Avoid county offices, demand assembly

In addition, the National Assembly published a press release Monday, in which it asked citizens to avoid going to constituency offices “in the context of the coronavirus”.

“Means such as telephone or email are preferred for anyone who wishes to communicate with their deputy. The purpose of this request is to reduce displacement of the population, in accordance with the recommendations issued by the public authorities. ”

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