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Even Without An Election, Trudeau Hits The Campaign Trail (Analysis)

Oct 22 2020 — Althia Raj — id absent Tory MPs help guarantee the Liberal government’s survival? Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have hit the campaign trail today, but the opposition ensured he wouldn’t get the chance. He wouldn’t have had the travelling national media in tow but virtual visits to three battleground ridings the Liberals hoped to hang onto might have […]

Is Pandemic Unity Between Ottawa And The Provinces Starting To Slip?

Oct 17 2020 — Althia Raj — Has the blame game started? Canada’s pandemic response has, until now, mostly been defined by a collegiality between different levels of government. The sparring that existed a year ago, when Ontario Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford’s unpopularity found him guest-starring in the federal Liberals’ election attack ads, has been replaced with beaming smiles and kind […]

Feds Kept Most COVID-19 Contracts Secret Under National Security Exemption

Oct 16 2020 — Zi-Ann Lum — The federal government is citing a national security exemption (NSE) to withhold details of a “vast majority” of its COVID-19 related contracts struck at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The exemption expedites the weeks-long procurement process — and keeps details of domestic and international contracts, including costs and supplier information, secret.

O’Toole’s ‘Lack Of Courage’ Against Bill 21 Frustrates Muslim And Sikh Groups

Sep 16 2020 — Althia Raj — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole ’s tacit support for Quebec’s discriminatory Bill 21 caught the National Council of Canadian Muslims by surprise this week, leading it and the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) to denounce the move, saying they are deeply disappointed by the Tory leader’s “lack of courage.” “It is an absolutely horrific situation […]

Liberals Haven’t Consulted With Opposition Parties On Throne Speech

Sep 14 2020 — Althia Raj — If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trying to avoid a fall election, he hasn’t sought the opposition’s ideas for what to include in his minority government’s renewed agenda. Trudeau told reporters outside the cabinet’s in-person two-day retreat in Ottawa that the Liberals have been engaging with the opposition parties throughout the crisis. “They have made […]

Green Party Leadership Race: Meet The Contenders

Sep 14 2020 — Althia Raj — Nearly 1.2 million Canadians voted for the Green Party in the last election — 6.5 per cent of all voters — yet the Greens only managed to elect three Members of Parliament. It’s been a long struggle for a party whose support is not regionally concentrated. The Bloc Québécois, for example, received 1,387,030 votes in […]

NDP Urges Liberals To Recall Parliament Earlier To Pass CERB Extension

Sep 3 2020 — Zi-Ann Lum — The federal NDP is pushing the Liberal government to recall Parliament earlier to ensure legislation can be passed to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) before the program’s scheduled end, four days after the throne speech. A letter sent by NDP House Leader Peter Julian to Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez Thursday said it’s […]

Trudeau Says Canadians Can Judge His Ethics Record During ‘Campaigns’

Sep 2 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brushed off a question about his ethical compass Wednesday, saying Canadians will have an opportunity to draw conclusions on his record in “election campaigns.” Trudeau made the comment during an interview on CBC Radio’s “The Early Edition” after host Stephen Quinn asked if it’s fair for Canadians to wonder about their […]