April 20, 2020 (Part 2 of 2)

House of Commons Proceedings

April 20, 2020 (Part 2 of 2)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative deputy leader Leona Alleslev, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Paul Manly (the Green Party MP for Nanaimo–Ladysmith, B.C.) make statements concerning the April 19, 2020, shootings in Nova Scotia, in which at least 18 people were killed, including Cst. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the RCMP.

In a recorded vote, the House passes a motion by government House leader Pablo Rodriguez to prolong the adjournment of the House until May 25, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic, while establishing a special committee consisting of all MPs to meet in person each Wednesday and by videoconference on Tuesdays and Thursdays. An amendment proposed by Andrew Scheer, the leader of the Official Opposition, which would have seen the special committee meet in person on two days each week rather than one, is defeated.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu delivers a ministerial statement concerning the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic; John Brassard (the deputy Conservative whip), Mr. Blanchet, Mr. Singh, and Mr. Manly respond.

In committee of the whole, opposition party leaders and MPs question Prime Minister Trudeau and members of his cabinet on the government’s response to COVID-19.

Prior to the adjournment of the House, MPs take part in a take-note debate concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.