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Jun 1, 2021
For a second night in a row, the House of Commons is set to stay open long after after the close of regular parliamentary business as MPs gather for a special after-hours session to discuss the grim legacy of Canada’s residential school system after the remains of 215 children — some as young as three years old — were discovered on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School last week.
Under the terms of the motion adopted by unanimous consent yesterday afternoon, the debate will get underway at approximately 6:30 PM, and will continue for up to four hours.
As it stands, the only party leader who has publicly announced his intention to join the conversation is the New Democrats’ Jagmeet Singh — who, it’s worth noting, rose in the House yesterday afternoon to formally request an emergency debate on the subject, which was denied by House Speaker Anthony Rota — although there’s no requirement to do so in advance.
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