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Health officials expect more coronavirus cases, but say risk of outbreak in Canada remains low

Jan 26 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Federal health officials expect more cases of the coronavirus, but say the risk of an outbreak in Canada remains low. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said officials at all levels of government are working with hospitals and international partners to prevent and respond to potential infections. “We’re working actively to limit the spread of the virus,” […]

Peter MacKay officially launches bid for Conservative leadership

Jan 25 2020 — — Former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay formally launched his bid to replace Andrew Scheer on Saturday in his home province of Nova Scotia, where he first began his political career more than 20 years ago. MacKay made the announcement in his former riding of Central Nova at the province’s Museum of Industry. “Over four years […]

Uncertainty remains over the future success of Harry and Meghan’s new life in Canada

Jan 25 2020 — — Harry and Meghan have stepped back. Now what? The breathless headlines over Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family have subsided, but uncertainty remains about how their new life will work out for them. Harry spoke Sunday night of the “many years” of challenges that preceded the […]

Peter MacKay is piling up the caucus endorsements — but will they matter?

Jan 25 2020 — Eric Grenier — Peter MacKay’s bid for the Conservative Party leadership officially begins today and he’s already starting with a big lead — at least among members of the Conservative caucus. Endorsements from MPs probably didn’t play a decisive role in the party’s 2017 leadership race, but they could have made a difference in what turned out to […]

Room at the top: Is Harper’s legacy a Conservative leadership vacuum?

Jan 24 2020 — Aaron Wherry — Stephen Harper left behind a relatively sturdy foundation for his successor to build on. Even in defeat, Harper’s Conservative party won 99 seats and 32 per cent of the popular vote in 2015. The Conservatives raised $29 million that year, $7 million more than the Liberals. What he didn’t leave behind was an heir (or […]

SNC-Lavalin’s ‘poor’ LRT bid should have been tossed, evaluators found

Jan 24 2020 — — SNC-Lavalin was awarded the $1.6-billion contract to extend Ottawa’s north-south Trillium Line last March even though the team assembled to assess the bids reached a “unanimous consensus that the proposal should not be considered further in the evaluation process,” according to documents released by the city Thursday night. The SNC-Lavalin bid failed to include a […]

China among WTO members backing Canada’s alternate trade dispute scheme

Jan 24 2020 — Janyce McGregor — As the U.S. continues to paralyze the World Trade Organization’s system for appealing trade disputes, 17 members of the trade organization announced Friday they will collaborate on an alternative initiated by Canada and the European Union to resolve complaints that emerge between them in the meantime. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the […]

Flames of blame: how climate change could upset the race to lead the Conservative Party

Jan 24 2020 — Evan Dyer — Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s tone was measured. But his words were as blistering as an Australian bushfire as he denounced his party’s refusal to face Australia’s grim climate prognosis. He told the BBC he “could not explain” why Prime Minister Scott Morrison — his successor as leader of the Liberal Party, Australia’s main […]

Ex-Harper aide Ian Brodie joins Andrew Scheer’s office

Jan 23 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s former right-hand man is coming back to help Andrew Scheer for the next six months. Ian Brodie, Harper’s ex-chief of staff, will take on the role of adviser to the outgoing Conservative Party leader. Many in the party say they hope Brodie can rein in what’s being described by some […]

Economic ministers miss caucus meetings to attend Davos forum

Jan 23 2020 — Janyce McGregor — As the Liberal caucus meets on Parliament Hill Thursday to plot strategy for the return of the House of Commons, three ministers with economic portfolios are attending events at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, instead. Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains paired up with Ajay Banga, the CEO of Mastercard, Thursday morning […]