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The House of Commons is about to use a power it hasn’t invoked in more than a century

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House of Commons has ordered a private citizen to appear on the floor of the chamber for a formal reprimand by members.Conservative MP Gérard Deltell put forward a motion on Thursday that asked the House of Commons to find the Public Health Agency of Canada in contempt of Parliament for not turning over documents it had been ordered to provide to the Canada-China committee.The motion also invokes a rarely used set of powers that grant the House of Commons the authority to discipline or potentially even imprison people.In this case, the adoption of the motion means that in addition to finding the Public Health Agency of Canada in contempt of Parliament, the House of Commons has also voted to order the president of the agency to appear at the.

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