(Quebec) The Legault government must agree to be physically present in the National Assembly when parliamentary work resumes on February 2 to be accountable for its management, according to the leader of the official opposition, Dominique Anglade.
She immediately rejects the idea of a completely virtual parliamentary return.
Negotiations are currently underway between the government and opposition parties to determine whether the National Assembly should strengthen health measures during the next parliamentary session.
The government pleads for a completely virtual re-entry, without any physical presence in parliament, which upsets the opposition parties, anxious to exercise their democratic rights.
Monday, at a press briefing, on the sidelines of the virtual caucus of liberal deputies held in anticipation of the start of the parliamentary term, Mr.me Anglade argued that it would be “illusory” to think that democratic debate could take place without face-to-face discussions in parliament, at least for part of the proceedings.
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The opposition parties would be ready to accept that all the work of the parliamentary committees, including the consultations on bills, can be done only in digital mode, on the condition that the activities held at the Blue Room, such as the period questions, motions and passage of bills, continue in person.
“We have a lot of questions to ask” to the government, argued Mr.me Anglade, recalling that the government was accountable, especially in its management of the pandemic.
A meeting is scheduled in the coming days between the Leader of the Government, Simon Jolin-Barrette, the parliamentary leaders of the three opposition parties and the leaders of Public Health, to examine various scenarios.
It is also not excluded that the parliamentary re-entry will be postponed.
Since the start of the pandemic, health measures are already very strict in parliament. The 125 deputies are never present at the same time. The National Assembly operates in a very small group, with a maximum of forty elected representatives present at the same time at the Blue Salon.