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Questioning Kamala Harris’s race. Promoting a 9/11 conspiracy. Toronto byelections rocked by Liberal and Conservative candidates’ resurfaced tweets

Oct 16 2020 — Alex Ballingall — In duelling expressions of outrage, Liberals and Conservatives exchanged demands for opposing candidates to drop out of federal byelections in Toronto as advance polls opened on Friday. The Liberals took the first shot, when Quebec MP Greg Fergus — who is also the chair of the Parliamentary Black Caucus in Ottawa — condemned how the […]

Fearing second COVID-19 wave in Toronto, Green Leader Annamie Paul calls on Justin Trudeau to suspend byelections in the city

Oct 9 2020 — Alex Ballingall — The new leader of the Green Party is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make the extraordinary decision to suspend two federal byelections in Toronto, including the one where she is trying to win a seat in Parliament. Annamie Paul, who is running for former Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s vacant seat in Toronto Centre, […]

Justin Trudeau promised action ‘very soon’ to tackle systemic racism. Seven weeks later, where is it?

Aug 5 2020 — Alex Ballingall — It has been seven weeks since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised action “very soon” to address systemic racism in Canadian policing and other institutions. For Matthew Green, an NDP MP and member of the cross-party Parliamentary Black Caucus, “very soon” is now long past due — and can’t come soon enough. That’s especially the case, […]

Justin Trudeau pledges action on racism after more than half his cabinet signs Black MPs’ call for reform

Jun 16 2020 — Alex Ballingall — There are no excuses. The way NDP MP Matthew Green sees it, the Liberal minority government must swiftly fulfil the entire list of demands in a sweeping declaration from Black parliamentarians that charts reforms to address systemic racism in Canada. After all, the document was signed by more than 100 Liberal MPs, including Deputy Prime […]

Justin Trudeau says companies will need to show they’re ‘thinking about’ climate change to get government loans. Here’s what that means

May 12 2020 — Alex Ballingall — Need a federal loan to survive the crumbling pandemic economy? If you’re running a large company, you’ll have to show you’re “thinking about” climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. That’s one of the conditions attached to the government’s new “bridge loans” program, unveiled Monday, to help big corporations survive the COVID-19 crisis. But what […]

Trudeau urges Canadians to avoid travel to other provinces

Mar 21 2020 — Alex Ballingall — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now advising Canadians to avoid travelling to neighbouring provinces, but the federal government still isn’t willing to restrict movement through emergency powers to stop the spread of COVID-19. Speaking outside Rideau Cottage for his daily press conference on the pandemic, Trudeau urged Canadians to avoid all unessential travel within the […]

Teck Frontier oilsands project pits Trudeau’s climate credibility against concerns for Alberta’s economy

Feb 8 2020 — Alex Ballingall — Like most everyone with a stake in the quagmire of Canadian climate politics, Colleen Thorpe does not know if the Liberal government will approve the Teck Frontier oilsands project. But she sure is worried it will. The executive director of Équiterre was among a host of Quebec environmentalists who met Monday with key cabinet ministers […]