Canada’s Liberals lack time to deliver promises of first 100 days in office due to Parliament’s return

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Ottawa/CMEDIA: With the return of the 44th edition of the Canadian Parliament on Monday after its winter break, the Liberal government has just a few days to deliver on promises for its first 100 days in office.

Promised legislation not yet introduced are bills to combat online hate; regulation of foreign web giants; and improved protection of Canada’s critical infrastructure, including 5G networks.

Several pieces of legislation introduced by the Liberal government during the House’s first session last fall have already become law, including banning conversion therapy, introducing 10 days of paid sick leave for workers in federally regulated workplaces, and new criminal penalties for blocking access to healthcare services or intimidating healthcare workers or patients.

“The House was very productive in the fall sitting, and we believe that with continued collaboration among parties, we can accomplish many things for Canadians in the coming weeks,” Mark Kennedy, director of communications for Government House leader Mark Holland, said in a statement and added that the government was looking forward to moving ahead with its agenda.

In spite of the major protests in Ottawa over the weekend, the prime minister’s official itinerary reportedly said that parliamentary business is expected to proceed as scheduled adding that the Question Period and a take-note debate on the situation in Ukraine would be virtually attended by the Prime Minister.

Holland’s office statement also said that due to the motion already passed Members of Parliament have the flexibility to work in a hybrid House in this sitting, which remains in effect until June.