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Trudeau: More COVID-19 Testing Needed Across Canada As Provinces, Territories Ease Restrictions

May 11 2020 — Althia Raj — More Canadians should be tested for COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday, though he wouldn’t say whether anyone who wants to be tested should be. As the provinces and territories begin to ease restrictions, Trudeau called testing an “essential” part of the road towards reopening the economy. “We need to do more testing right […]

Conservative MP Derek Sloan Renews Call To Fire Dr. Theresa Tam

May 1 2020 — Althia Raj — Conservative leadership candidate Derek Sloan is digging in on his attacks on Canada’s chief public health officer, now saying he believes Dr. Theresa Tam should be fired for having “very likely cost Canadian lives.” The freshman MP from Hastings—Lennox and Addington in Ontario attracted national attention last week when he questioned Tam’s loyalty to Canada, […]

CERB Eligibility Rules Expanded For Self-Employed Canadians Amid Pandemic

Apr 27 2020 — Althia Raj — The federal government has quietly broadened the eligibility rules for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by allowing self-employed workers to earn $1,000 more than their monthly business expenses, and by expanding the benefit to include those who pay themselves through dividends. The changes were posted to the CERB question and answer portion of the […]

Yves-François Blanchet, Bloc Québécois Leader, Bemoans ‘Political Games’ Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Apr 21 2020 — Althia Raj — Canadians across the country who wondered why federal politicians couldn’t come to an agreement on how, when and where they should meet found a spokesperson in an unlikely place Monday: the leader of the Bloc Québécois. Yves-François Blanchet, the sophomore leader of the separatist party, showed up at his press conference Monday morning, delivering some […]

Justin Trudeau Tells Canadians Ineligible For CERB To Keep Waiting

Apr 18 2020 — Althia Raj — Canadians who don’t qualify for any government programs designed to address the hardship of coronavirus stay-at-home orders should wait for a new fix, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Speaking to the nation, Trudeau said those who are left out of the billions of dollars of assistance the government has already announced and who are […]

Elizabeth May Slams Andrew Scheer’s ‘Partisan’ Push For In-Person House Sittings Amid Pandemic

Apr 15 2020 — Althia Raj — Green Party Parliamentary Leader Elizabeth May is lashing out at Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, saying he should be more focused on safeguarding the public’s health and economic well-being than on holding in-person sittings of Parliament. “Andrew Scheer should be thinking over whether his actions look like he’s putting the public interest of all of Canadians […]

Workers May Face Pay Cuts With COVID-19 Federal Wage Subsidy

Apr 10 2020 — Althia Raj — An Edmonton man says he and his colleagues were told this week that they will have to take a 25 per cent cut on their next paycheques because the federal government won’t subsidize the rest of their wages. “It just blindsided us,” the man told HuffPost Canada by phone. “I thought that didn’t sound right.”

Trudeau, Trump In Sharp Contrast Amid Fight Against Coronavirus

Mar 24 2020 — Althia Raj — U.S. President Donald Trump may be focused on restarting the American economy, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government’s objective is to keep people alive and healthy. In his daily national address, from outside of his home where he remains in self-isolation after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, contracted COVID-19, the Canadian leader suggested […]