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2020 SPRING SITTING OF PARLIAMENT
BC & ON - Over the past 4 months, regular parliamentary sittings had been suspended, except for emergency debates to deal with government legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The Spring Sitting adjourned last Friday after two sitting weeks, on June 26th following Royal Assent of the Government’s Appropriation Bills. Although in-person meetings were not held, Senator Martin and her colleagues from both houses worked diligently night and day to ensure that federal assistance was reaching every Canadian and resident in Canada. Daily conference calls with department officials delivering Federal programs were held in tandem with weekly BC Caucus, National Caucus and Senate Caucus virtual meetings. To examine the Federal Government’s emergency programs and management of the pandemic response, the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance and Social Affairs were constituted to meet virtually. As Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and an Ex-Officio member on all committees, Senator Martin participated in both committees to hear testimonies and ask questions to key witnesses on each panel. Throughout the pandemic, Sen. Martin’s office coordinated a range of virtual events and meetings with regional and national constituents, including a special farewell to the outgoing Korean Ambassador, His Excellency Maeng-ho Shin. In spite of the challenges of the pandemic crisis, It was a productive and meaningful spring sitting.