Rex Murphy on the COVID-19 crisis: Is Parliament not as ‘essential’ as your corner store?

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Discussion posted by: MyView1872

I think I’ve found the rule. When matters are of immense consequence, life and death issues are at stake, there are challenges to or suspension of our most basic civil liberties, when the entire national economy is paralyzed and millions not working, that’s the very time Parliament — the collective, democratically chosen voice and authority of the nation — should close down. However, when circumstances are relatively normal and stable, the economy strong, people reasonably at ease, Parliament then is an absolute must, the highest, most honoured and most essential seat of our liberties and laws, and should never abandon or abbreviate its accountability and deliberative authority.