A recent decision by the federal government did not impress Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan MP Garnett Genuis. The government has decided to prorogue Parliament until Sept.23.
“It’s very disappointing,” he stated. “There was so much important work being done studying key issues with parliamentary committees.”
According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the press conference, the decision was made so his government could introduce a new throne speech to reflect and include the struggles involved with COVID-19.
“The throne speech will give us the opportunity to lay out in detail our approach going forward. It will also allow Parliament to hold a confidence vote on this new plan,” Trudeau said.
However, Genuis believes the Liberals were largely influenced by the desire to avoid some of the committee work being done, including investigations into the WE Charity controversy.
The MP is a member of the committee regarding relations between Canada and China. He explained they were in the midst of doing work with Hong Kong when the decision to suspend Parliament was made.
“We were doing studies on some vital and urgent foreign affairs issues and that committee was shut down in the middle of its studies by this absurd action by the government,” said Genuis.
Once Parliament resumes operations, he hopes to finish and report on the Hong Kong study and wants to see the investigation into the WE Charity controversy continue. Genuis also recently gave his thoughts on the new Conservative Party leader, Erin O’Toole.