News Release

The Speaker of the Senate

Senate recalled in anticipation of COVID-19 legislation

May 12, 2020

The Honourable George J. Furey, Speaker of the Senate, has given notice for the Senate to sit on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 11 a.m. It is anticipated that the Senate will meet for the consideration of a bill to enact measures in response to COVID-19.

Whenever the Senate stands adjourned, it can be recalled by the Speaker if this is deemed to be in the public interest.

The health, safety and well-being of all Canadians remains the priority of the Senate, which has taken preventative and proactive measures to ensure that senators and staff are protected in this regard. In keeping with previous recalls of the Senate, measures have been put in place to protect all those involved in Chamber operations, including minimizing the number of employees required to work on-site to support the sitting.

The Senate will continue to broadcast proceedings via ParlVU and to live-tweet key information about debates in the Chamber.

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For more information:
Victoria Deng
Press Secretary
Office of the Speaker of the Senate, Senate of Canada