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Apr 22 2021 — David Cochrane

The federal government will ban passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days in response to rising COVID case counts in India and mutations of the coronavirus. At a press conference in Ottawa this evening, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the ban on direct flights from those countries will take effect tonight at 11:30 […]

Apr 22 2021 —

The front page of the province’s most popular daily newspaper reverberated throughout the National Assembly Thursday, as politicians from all parties denounced it, saying it stigmatizes Quebec’s Indian community. The premier also weighed in, though his comments were not as forceful as those made by opposition party members and one of his own ministers. Thursday’s […]

Apr 22 2021 —

Ontario Premier Doug Ford apologized to Ontarians Thursday morning, days after his government faced intense backlash for introducing a number of additional COVID-19 restrictions that were not recommended by health experts and then nixed earlier this week. Ford, who is currently isolating at his late mother’s home in Etobicoke after a staff member tested positive […]

Doug Ford’s popularity plummets as pandemic takes its toll

Apr 22 2021 — Eric Grenier

If Ontario Premier Doug Ford is defeated in next year’s provincial election, he might look back at this past week as the beginning of the end for his government — the moment when his pandemic-fuelled popularity came to a sudden halt. As the province’s third wave hit record highs in daily COVID-19 case counts and […]

Apr 22 2021 — Mike Crawley

The move by Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet to give police arbitrary powers and to shut playgrounds across Ontario was made in a rush, without evidence the moves would help rein in the third wave of COVID-19, multiple sources tell CBC News. Various sources close to the government say the decisions came amid panic […]

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Apr 22 2021 —

An emergency parliamentary debate that was supposed to be a forum for cross-party collaboration on better ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic devolved Wednesday into another round of partisan finger-pointing. Veteran Green MP Elizabeth May requested the debate, arguing that the wildfire spread of more contagious and deadly variants of the COVID-19 virus requires politicians […]

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Apr 21 2021 —

The chairwoman of a parliamentary committee examining allegations of sexual misconduct involving former defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former adviser has agreed to appear before the panel. Liberal MP Karen McCrimmon, who chairs the House of Commons defence committee, confirmed that members have been told Elder Marques is prepared to […]

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Canada boasts of strong borders while allowing flights from COVID-19 hotspots to land daily

Apr 22 2021 — Robyn Urback

On April 14, three flights from Delhi arrived in Canada carrying passengers infected with COVID-19. Though the number of infected passengers on each was not disclosed, Canadian authorities labelled multiple rows throughout the planes as “affected,” which would suggest that more than one passenger was carrying the virus. On April 15, two more flights from […]

How the premier of Ontario made himself irrelevant

Apr 22 2021 — Matt Gurney

If we strip away all the sideshows and diversions, there are three stories that matter in Ontario’s third-wave response today. They matter more than the premier’s obvious emotional struggle as he faced voters for the first time in nearly a week — via a video press conference from isolation at his late mother’s Etobicoke home […]

It’s too late for apologies. The crisis is here

Apr 22 2021 — John Michael McGrath

Premier Doug Ford is sorry. Sorry, he says, for his government’s panicked reaction to the legitimately frightening modelling it was presented with last week. It went too far because the cabinet moved too fast, he says, and he sincerely apologizes. The opposition at Queen’s Park — the New Democratic, Liberal, and Green MPPs — are […]

Apology shows Ford is a changed man and deserves a chance to lead

Apr 22 2021 — Michael Taube

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has had a rough few weeks in office, to put it mildly. Ford has been criticized for announcing yet another provincial stay-at-home order due to escalating COVID-19 cases. Critics have blasted him for everything from keeping struggling businesses closed to halting in-person learning in Ontario schools on several occasions. He announced […]

COVID is surging — and populist premiers won’t save us

Apr 22 2021 — Max Fawcett

Of all the controversial covers Maclean’s magazine has run over the years, few attracted a bigger backlash than its December 2018 edition. It featured Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer flanked by Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, Brian Pallister and Scott Moe, all wearing their best blue suits and sporting their best tough-guy demeanours. The […]

Is Canada Still a Middle Power?

Apr 22 2021 — Zach Paikin

What are Canada’s interests in a shifting international order? This question presents two layers of difficulty. First, it requires that Canada think systematically and strategically about the scope of its core interests on the world stage, how to prioritize those goals, and how to achieve them. A laundry list of varied, disconnected wants is insufficient. […]

More cake anyone? How about another scoop of ice cream?

Apr 21 2021 — John Ivison

Less than 24 hours after his government announced $143 billion in new spending, Justin Trudeau was asked about provincial demands for more health-care transfers. “We have committed that we will increase transfers to the provinces — recurring and long-term…. We look forward to discussions about how we can make more investments in the long-term,” he […]

Apr 22 2021 — Joe Oliver

Sadly, it was predictable. Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland tabled a profligate, something-for-everyone budget, with scant attention to affordability, economic growth or intergenerational fairness. As I forecast in a recent column that it would, it contains “extravagant spending in the guise of investment, undeserved self-congratulation, wokeness on steroids, empty promises of fiscal rectitude and soak-the-rich […]

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Apr 20 2021 — Don Martin

Whenever Doug Ford puts on that feel-your-pain “folks, I’m being honest with you” face, his pandemic-fighting plan from yesterday is about to be slammed into reverse – and replaced by something even worse. I’ve been watching politicians since covering Calgary city council alongside a television reporter and future premier named Ralph Klein – yes, I’m […]

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Apr 21 2021 — Lisa Raitt

In my first election campaign in 2008, I was clear on my pitch at the door: NO CARBON TAX. The Liberal Party under Stéphane Dion was running on a platform called The Green Shift with a carbon tax designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Financial markets in the U.S. were unravelling and gas prices were […]

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Apr 19 2021 — Paul Wells

The budget focuses on the sort of things a government like Canada’s should be working on right now. But the big bet is on childcare—and the devil is in the details. Maybe we should begin by eliminating some straw men. There’s nothing in Chrystia Freeland’s first budget that seems either designed or likely to force […]

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