Coronavirus: Trudeau says House of Commons expected to reconvene for emergency measures

The House of Commons is expected to briefly reconvene to handle emergency measures on the COVID-19 outbreak, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

“I have directed the House leader to engage with his counterparts to discuss a brief return of the House of Commons so that we can bring in emergency economic measures,” Trudeau told reporters while speaking from Rideau Cottage, where he is currently in self-isolation.

Trudeau said there are emergency economic measures that need to be passed by MPs. He added the Emergency Measures Act will also be evaluated to ensure it fits the needs of the global coronavirus pandemic.

“Co-ordination at all levels and between all parties is vital,” Trudeau said, noting he hopes all political parties and provincial leaders work together.

He said the cabinet COVID committee is regularly updating premiers and opposition leaders on what the minority Liberal government is planning.

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