As you may have already heard. the House of Commons has decided, out of an abundance of caution, to adjourn until April 20th, 2020. The job of a Member of Parliament requires frequent travel all over the country, meeting with individuals and groups from all over the world, as well as working in close proximity to hundreds of other Members of Parliament, Senators, and staff. That being considered, Members of Parliament are “super carriers” for transmittable illnesses and viruses.
Out of an abundance of caution to not spread COVID-19 within the House of Commons, or from one riding to another, all parties worked together and came to an agreement to adjourn. The House does have the ability to recall itself and sit before that date if necessary.
In the meantime, the Government will have the ability to spend money to respond to pressing needs. We have negotiated several strong accountability measures to ensure proper oversight of the Government’s spending throughout this period. All spending will be referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts when the House resumes sitting, and all committees can be recalled during the adjournment for further scrutiny if needed. In addition, the Auditor General will conduct an audit of the Governments expenditures under this special provision. To be clear, the Government of Canada will still be operating and fulfilling its responsibilities.
Here in Saskatoon, my office will continue to offer assistance to constituents as usual. However, I ask that you please call or email my office rather than coming in. You can reach my office at (306) 975-6472 or by email at Kevin.Waugh@parl.gc.ca.
Please remember to be cautious, limit unnecessary travel, and maintain safe hygiene practices.
Kevin Waugh, M.P.
For more information on the COVID-19 coronavirus: visit www.KevinWaugh.ca/coronavirus.