In Canada’s most tense-ever sleepover, 32 Members of Parliament spent almost 18 hours in overnight, closed-door discussions before emerging just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
After revision, the package received unanimous consent in the House of Commons before being swiftly passed by the Senate. It now awaits Royal Assent.
Initially, the package also gave the Liberals unprecedented powers to spend, borrow and change taxation levels without Parliament’s approval for the next 21 months.
Still, today’s decision will give the Liberals some temporary, far-reaching powers, including the ability to spend any amount of money that is “required to do anything in relation” to the COVID-19 pandemic until September 30.