For the last three months, the House of Commons has been suspended and Members of Parliament have largely been working from home. During this time, Conservatives have put forward a number of constructive solutions to fix Liberal programs so that Canadians can get the help they need.
But virtual committee meetings are not a replacement for Parliament. Nor are the Prime Minister’s daily press conferences in front of Rideau Cottage. The government should not be allowed to hide information from Canadians or to pick and choose which questions they want to answer and when.
But that’s exactly what’s been happening.
Parliament should be sitting for Members of Parliament to hold the government to account, and to ensure it has a plan to restart our economy. But with the help of the NDP, Justin Trudeau shamefully shut down Parliament until at least the fall.
Now the government wants Opposition parties to unanimously pass omnibus legislation, and then pass $87 billion in new spending so that Liberal and NDP MPs can take the summer off.
Since Justin Trudeau lost his majority in the fall, there hasn’t been a single debate on government spending. He’s spent hundreds of billions of dollars of your money but refuses to provide an economic update. And he refuses to give the Auditor General the money that is needed to review his government’s spending. In fact, the Liberals are actually cutting $300,000 from the Auditor General’s budget this year. So we have no budget, no economic update, no oversight, and no accountability.
The Government of Saskatchewan will present its budget today in Regina as the Government and Opposition have agreed to a 14-day sitting. Yet Justin Trudeau continues to shut down democracy.
A resident of Saskatchewan recently initiated an e-petition calling on the Prime Minister to immediately resume normal, in-person sittings of the House of Commons and its standing committees in which all matters of national and international concerns can be discussed, while respecting public health guidelines.
Please click the following link to sign the petition: