School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Queen's Contagion Cultures Lecture Series

September 1, 2020 

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Action, Accountability and Good Governance During COVID

Kathy Brock
Professor and Senior Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Cross-Appointed with the Department of Political Studies

The current controversies over WE, the CERB and other programs rolled out during the pandemic reveal the need for continual democratic oversight of the government and the vital role that opposition parties can play in the delivery of sound policies that serve the public interest. The sidelining of Parliament during this phase of the pandemic was a mistake because it weakened this democratic accountability. In this talk, Kathy Brock will discuss the two roles of Parliament in supporting and scrutinizing government action and how Parliament could have operated more effectively during the crisis had the parties followed a model similar to the one outlined in the Emergencies Act.