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Canadian MPs to continue hybrid sittings of Parliament until next year – National

A majority of MPs voted to keep hybrid sittings in the House of Commons until June 2023.

The government House leader’s motion passed with the support of New Democrat and Green MPs by a count of 177 to 144.

Hybrid sittings allow Members to attend and participate in debate virtually as long as they are in Canada.

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The Conservatives have opposed continuing the practice, which was put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, saying other Canadians have returned to work and Parliament should be no exception.

Liberals say it is important to give MPs the opportunity to participate in House business even if they are sick or unable to attend in person.

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At a press conference announcing the motion, Mark Holland said “we are still in a pandemic reality”.

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