WIth the holiday break coming, the fate of Bill C-2 — which would create targeted support programs for sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and a new lockdown benefit for individuals thrown out of work due to the pandemic — seems particularly iffy.
Canada's House of Commons erupted into a scene of cheers and cross-party hugs on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, as MPs unanimously adopted a motion presented by a Conservative MP to fast-track the passage of a Liberal government bill banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ Canadians.
The throne speech is expected to be short and contain no surprises, recapping themes laid out in the Liberal platform during the recent federal election campaign, which produced a second, consecutive Liberal minority.
The House of Commons is poised to break today, June 22, 2021, for the summer — and possibly for an election — after giving eleventh-hour approval to what the minority Liberal government considers its priority legislation.
All federal party leaders maintain they don't want an election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic but the Conservatives appear to be pursuing a strategy that could give the Liberals justification for calling one.