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Only way to beat Tories is join NDP-Grit forces, says pollster

By Chris Plecash      

As leadership vote approaches only Nathan Cullen has a plan to work with the Grits, but the party establishment is taking aim at Tom Mulcair’s plans to ‘modernize’ the party.

Veteran pollster and keen political observer Frank Graves has some sobering insight for the thousands of New Democrats set to elect their new leader this week: short of a “good old nuclear scandal” neither the NDP nor the Liberals are likely to displace the governing Conservatives in 2015 unless they somehow, in whatever way, join forces.

‘Canadians are placing all their hopes and fears in the hands of government’ and successful political leaders should be honest, unscripted, say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
The evolution and the ultimate outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually decide if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's and the premiers' rising approval ratings will last, say pollsters.

Feds partly responsible for treatment of asylum seekers turned back at Canadian-U.S. border, say refugee advocates

News|By Neil Moss
'We should be weary of using a crisis like this to turn our back on our human rights obligations,' says University of Ottawa law professor Jamie Chai Yun Liew.

Trudeau says feds ‘expect’ shipment of medical supplies from U.S. amid concerns from Ontario over delays

News|By Beatrice Paez
So far, the prime minister said some 240,000 people have successfully applied to Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Feds ‘on the hot seat’ for past and new decisions, as journos, staffers contend with new media environment

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Crises have a life cycle, and this one looks like it will be long and have different phases or chapters,' says Josh Greenberg, a specialist in communications and media coverage of outbreaks and infectious disease.

Conservative Fund plans to double OLO annual budget from $241,200 to $474,000 for 2020 because of minority government

News|By Abbas Rana
The Conservative Fund Canada provided a confidential briefing to the national council on March 21 to explain where the OLO spent $925,000 in the first 10 months of last year.

Senate leaders ready to take another crack at COVID-19 committee 

The expected recall of Parliament will give Senators another chance to strike a committee to monitor the government’s crisis response.

House officers in ‘preliminary discussions’ on Parliament’s return, contingency plans, says NDP whip

News|By Beatrice Paez
Opposition parties need enough lead time to pore over the legislation, to avoid a repeat of the late-night sitting that occurred when they were 'surprised' to learn that the government was seeking unlimited spending powers until December 2021, says Rachel Blaney.

Trump administration’s demand for 3M to halt shipment of masks will ‘hurt’ Canada, U.S., Trudeau says

News|By Palak Mangat
The government is also spending $100-million to help food banks, which have been hit hard during the pandemic with fewer donations and limited volunteers.

Canada’s top doctor ‘voice of reason’ in face of uncertainty over COVID-19 fallout, say politicos, experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
In a time of great uncertainty and anxiety, Dr. Theresa Tam has emerged as a 'compelling' figure who has an ability to deliver information without dramatizing the stakes. 'She gives us straightforward, evidence-based
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