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Trudeau faces contradictory calls to punish China, give in to ‘hostage diplomacy’

Jun 24 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is facing contradictory calls to either stand up to China or give in to so-called "hostage diplomacy" — with particular pressure coming from stalwarts of former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien's administration. Allan Rock is the latest former Chretien-era minister to advocate that the government end extradition proceedings against Meng Wanzhou, in hopes that China will release two Canadians […]

Trudeau faces contradictory calls to punish China, give in to ‘hostage diplomacy’

Jun 24 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is facing contradictory calls to either stand up to China or give in to so-called "hostage diplomacy" — with particular pressure coming from stalwarts of former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien's administration. Allan Rock is the latest former Chretien-era minister to advocate that the government end extradition proceedings against Meng Wanzhou, in hopes that China will release two Canadians […]

Tories want in-person Parliament but no electronic voting by MPs during pandemic

Jun 20 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Federal Conservatives have crusaded for a return to parliamentary business as usual but they're opposed to the one thing Liberals and New Democrats insist is necessary to do that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: electronic voting. Conservative House leader Candice Bergen says her party is suspicious of anything promoted by the Liberals that would keep most […]

Tories want in-person Parliament but no electronic voting by MPs during pandemic

Jun 20 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Federal Conservatives have crusaded for a return to parliamentary business as usual but they're opposed to the one thing Liberals and New Democrats insist is necessary to do that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: electronic voting. Conservative House leader Candice Bergen says her party is suspicious of anything promoted by the Liberals that would keep most […]

Tories want in-person Parliament but no electronic voting by MPs during pandemic

Jun 20 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Federal Conservatives have crusaded for a return to parliamentary business as usual but they're opposed to the one thing Liberals and New Democrats insist is necessary to do that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: electronic voting. Conservative House leader Candice Bergen says her party is suspicious of anything promoted by the Liberals that would keep most […]

Feds ask court for second extension on changes to assisted-dying law

Jun 11 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government is asking a judge for the second time to extend the deadline for revising Canada's law on medical assistance in dying. A Quebec court found parts of the law unconstitutional last fall, striking down a provision that allows only individuals whose natural deaths are "reasonably foreseeable" to be eligible to end their lives with a […]

Feds ask court for second extension on changes to assisted-dying law

Jun 11 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government is asking a judge for the second time to extend the deadline for revising Canada's law on medical assistance in dying. A Quebec court found parts of the law unconstitutional last fall, striking down a provision that allows only individuals whose natural deaths are "reasonably foreseeable" to be eligible to end their lives with a […]

How proceedings in the House of Commons during pandemic differ from normal

Jun 2 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canadians who tune in to watch proceedings in the House of Commons during the COVID-19 crisis may wonder why Conservative and Bloc Quebecois MPs continue to accuse the Liberal government of shutting down Parliament. At a glance, it looks very much like regular proceedings in the Commons, although most MPs are participating virtually, their faces beamed onto […]

How proceedings in the House of Commons during pandemic differ from normal

Jun 2 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canadians who tune in to watch proceedings in the House of Commons during the COVID-19 crisis may wonder why Conservative and Bloc Quebecois MPs continue to accuse the Liberal government of shutting down Parliament. At a glance, it looks very much like regular proceedings in the Commons, although most MPs are participating virtually, their faces beamed onto […]