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Senate passes key legislation before break

Legislation related to funding while Parliament is not sitting, the new North American free trade agreement and funding related to the fiscal calendar adopted Friday.

The Senate was recalled Friday to deal with important legislation ahead of an extended break in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parliament was heading into a break week but it was extended until the end of April as part of a pandemic response plan aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. The Senate is now set to return on April 21.

On Friday, the Senate adopted Bill C-12, legislation that offers the Government added flexibility while Parliament is not sitting should funding be required in regards to COVID-19.

The Senate also adopted Bill C-4, legislation to implement the new North American free trade agreement. The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade had been conducting a pre-study on the subject matter of the legislation before it arrived in the Senate.

The Senate also adopted two funding bills: Bill C-10 grants funds for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020 and Bill C-11 grants funds for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

The four bills received Royal Assent on Friday.

Senate passes key legislation before break

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