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Bloc Quebecois leader and caucus isolating after staffer catches COVID-19 [Video]

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OTTAWA — Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet and almost his entire caucus went into self-isolation Monday after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19.

The test came back positive less than a week after Blanchet and most of his 31 MPs held an in-person caucus meeting.

And it came just as the Liberal government is in the midst of negotiations with opposition parties over how the House of Commons should function when Parliament resumes on Sept. 23.

The forced isolation of all Bloc MPs underscored the risk of having even a small number of MPs physically present in the chamber.

Bloc spokeswoman Carolane Landry said in a statement that everyone potentially affected by the staffer’s positive test will be screened to ensure they’re healthy and will follow public health guidelines.

In the meantime, she said all their work has been moved online.

The House of Commons has been …

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