Senate Reconvenes to Consider COVID-19 Legislation – March 25, 2020

Senate Proceedings

Senate Reconvenes to Consider COVID-19 Legislation – March 25, 2020

The Senate is recalled to consider Bill C-13, the federal government’s legislation that would implement a number of emergency economic measures to counter the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The government’s proposed $82-billion assistance package, unveiled on March 18, is aimed at providing financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic. The House of Commons unanimously passed the bill on March 24 following late-night negotiations.

Sitting as a committee of the whole, senators question Finance Minister Bill Morneau on the measures contained in the bill. Senators also sit as a committee of the whole to hear from Health Minister Patty Hajdu and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair as well as Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam on the government’s response to the pandemic.

The Senate passes Bill C-13 without amendments and the legislation receives royal assent by written declaration.