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Justin Trudeau mulls mandatory hotel quarantine for returning travellers

Jan 22 2021 — — The federal government is mulling a mandatory quarantine in hotels for returning travellers as the country’s top doctor warns that easing COVID-19 restrictions too quickly could cause case numbers to shoot up again. Monday will mark a year since the first recorded appearance of the novel coronavirus in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it […]

Premiers tell Trudeau they ‘want to go to war’ with U.S. over Keystone XL: sources

Jan 22 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced anger from some of Canada’s premiers Thursday over U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project — including heated calls for punishment that could fracture ties between the two allies. The First Ministers call, which lasted just over an hour, also touched on the coronavirus pandemic […]

Trudeau says government re-examining Governor-General vetting process in wake of Payette resignation

Jan 22 2021 — Robert Fife and Kristy Kirkup — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there was a rigorous vetting process for naming former astronaut Julie Payette to the role of Governor-General but he did not say whether past employers were contacted prior to her appointment to the viceregal role. Mr. Trudeau spoke to media on Friday following the resignation of Ms. Payette on Thursday. […]

Trudeau speaks to Pfizer CEO as delays to vaccine shipments get worse

Jan 21 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by phone Thursday, the same day the company informed Canada delays to its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines are going to be even worse than previously thought. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander now overseeing the vaccine logistics for the Public Health Agency of Canada, said […]

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 […]

Political scientists say Kenney must rethink pugilistic approach on oil, environment

Jan 22 2021 — — Political analysts say Premier Jason Kenney must rethink his traditional “fight back” approach and start building bridges to reconcile environmental concerns with oil and gas development. “Attacks are not going to persuade anybody,” Lori Williams, a political scientist at Mount Royal University, said in an interview Thursday. “You don’t set up a war room whose […]

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 […]

Bibeau, Hardeman up pressure for agreement on BRM reforms

Jan 22 2021 — Alex Binkley — Quick agreement to proposed changes needed by producers, they say.   Ottawa—Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her Ontario counterpart Ernie Hardeman are putting the pressure on reluctant colleagues to agree to proposed changes to the AgriStability component of the federal-provincial Business Risk Management (BRM) program for farmers. The changes were unveiled by Bibeau in […]

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 […]

Payette fiasco shows need for stronger GG vetting process: LeBlanc

Jan 22 2021 — — Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc concedes Julie Payette’s resignation as governor general shows a need to strengthen the process for vetting vice-regal appointments. Payette resigned Thursday, about a week after the government received the damning findings of an independent investigation into allegations that she presided over a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall. LeBlanc says […]

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 […]