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Biden pledged to work with Canada on ‘Buy American’ during call with Trudeau, official says

Jan 22 2021 — — Trudeau raised disappointment with decision to kill Keystone XL project, didn’t threaten sanctions. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden by phone Friday — the first opportunity for the two leaders to chart a fresh course for the Canada-U.S. relationship after four tumultuous years with Donald Trump. The 30-minute phone […]

Trudeau says Pfizer CEO assured him that vaccines will arrive in February

Jan 22 2021 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the CEO of Pfizer has personally assured him that the pharmaceutical company will send vaccine shots to Canada next month. The promise from Dr. Albert Bourla, the company’s top executive, comes after Canada learned it wouldn’t receive a single vial of the highly effective vaccine next week, as Pfizer pauses […]

Federal government settles lawsuit with Canada’s former ambassador to Israel

Jan 22 2021 — — A lawsuit launched against the Trudeau government by the former ambassador to Israel has reached a settlement — but neither party is willing to divulge the details. The federal government is refusing even to disclose the date the settlement was reached. Vivian Bercovici was named ambassador to Israel by Stephen Harper before Prime Minister Justin […]

Booted from caucus, Derek Sloan faces long odds if he pursues re-election

Jan 22 2021 — Eric Grenier — Booted from the Conservative caucus on Wednesday, Derek Sloan now sits as an Independent MP in the House of Commons. Without the backing of the Conservative Party of Canada, his chances of holding on to his seat in the next election don’t look good. Sloan, who finished fourth in last year’s Conservative leadership contest with […]

Payette is the one resigning — but Justin Trudeau has to wear it

Jan 22 2021 — Aaron Wherry — Julie Payette might still want to debate the details of what exactly occurred inside Rideau Hall over the last three and a half years. But she apparently couldn’t escape an increasingly obvious conclusion — that for her to continue as governor general would risk inflicting serious damage on the office. “I am a strong believer […]

Canada won’t receive any Pfizer shots next week — here’s what you need to know about the vaccination campaign

Jan 21 2021 — John Paul Tasker — Canada’s vaccination campaign is off to a slow start — and news this week that deliveries of the Pfizer product will be reduced dramatically over the next month has further complicated the national rollout. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander leading vaccine logistics at the Public Health Agency of Canada, has said Pfizer will not […]

StatsCan undertakes hiring spree ahead of ‘contact-free’ census

Jan 21 2021 — — Canada’s national statistical agency is hiring tens of thousands of employees as it prepares for the challenge of conducting a physically-distanced census during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release published this week, Statistics Canada said it’s overhauling its canvassing practices and looking to bring on 32,000 field staff to survey the Canadian population this […]

Conservative MP Derek Sloan defiant ahead of removal vote over campaign donation

Jan 19 2021 — — Conservative MPs will vote on whether to expel eastern Ontario MP Derek Sloan from the party caucus on Wednesday morning in response to Sloan accepting a donation from a notorious white nationalist during his bid to lead the party. More than two dozen of the 121 sitting Conservative MPs have signed a letter requesting a […]

Trudeau insists vaccination effort is on track, despite Pfizer-BioNTech supply disruption

Jan 19 2021 — Peter Zimonjic — Despite a significant short-term gap in deliveries of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he’s still confident the country is on track to vaccinate every Canadian who wants a shot by September. “This situation with the Pfizer delay is temporary. Our vaccination objectives for the first quarter of the year, January […]