EDITORIAL – Heckle-free virtual session of House disconcerting but welcome

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer during virtual session of House of Commons.

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

TUESDAY’S VIRTUAL SESSION of Parliament was a fascinating exercise.

Technically, it was a meeting of the “Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic,” and, technically, it wasn’t Question Period.

It was, however, a question-and-answer format, allowing opposition MPs to pepper cabinet ministers with questions about the pandemic.

Canadians have adopted a bit of a game with home-style video meetings and interviews, making note of the décor and other features in the background of those doing the speaking.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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