Barrie-Area MP says not enough debate, scrutiny, accountability with parliament hill shut down

MP Brassard says Wednesday's debate on $87 billion in spending will be four hours long

On Wednesday, a limited number of federal representatives will sit at Parliament Hill to debate another $87 billion in COVID-19 spending. A Barrie-area MP says they’ve only got four hours to debate the extra spending.

Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard says this move allows the Liberal Government to dodge any scrutiny. “I think it’s becoming more and more clear that the reason we are not sitting regularly is that the government is trying to run from accountability,” Brassard said. “We need the ability to ask questions of this government. We need to find out if the money is going where it needs to go, and if any Liberal insiders are benefitting from the massive amount of money that has been flying out the door.”

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Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard says four hours of debate isn’t enough to scrutinize $87 billion in spending

The federal government has spent over $334 billion in less than a month, and Brassard says opposition MPs are unable to thoroughly review legislation and spending with the House shut down. Liberal, NDP, and Green MPs recently agreed to shut down Parliament until September, something Brassard says undermines the democratic process.

“Canada is facing an economic crisis and the recovery from it will require Parliament’s full attention and effort. It will require Parliament to lead,” he concluded.