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A parliamentary pile on over national vaccine rollout kicks off new Commons sitting – CTV News

The seats were nearly empty Monday as the House of Commons returned in hybrid form, but the opposition was full of fighting spirit over the Liberal government’s handling of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

While a smattering of Conservatives, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois MPs took up their seats, Liberal cabinet ministers — including the prime minister — appeared from their homes or offices to fend off criticisms from their rivals about their COVID-19 response.

The Liberals insist their goal of getting a shot in the arm of every Canadian who wants one by September remains feasible even as Canada was set to receive no doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week, and sharply curtailed deliveries next week.

Though she was rapped on the knuckles by Rota for her language, Rempel Garner continued her pressure unabated, a theme picked up by MPs from all opposition parties as they castigated the government for appearing to fail Canadians.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said the scandal created by Payette’s departure was one of the Liberals’ own making and also serves as a distraction from the goal at hand: managing through the pandemic.

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