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PM Harper keeps Fantino in Cabinet because Tories can’t afford to lose seats in GTA, say critics

By Tim Naumetz      

In mini shuffle, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appoints Erin O'Toole as new Veterans Affairs minister and demotes Julian Fantino to associate minister of National Defence.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Julian Fantino lost his job as Veterans Affairs minister on Monday, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffled the retired police officer into his fifth Cabinet post in four years because he owes him a large political debt from the 2011 election and can’t afford to lose his electoral weight in the Toronto region, critics say.

Budget 2020, election promises in question amid COVID-19 global pandemic crisis, say McKay, Delacourt

‘It is going to blow a hole in the government’s legislative agenda,’ says Liberal MP John McKay.

Trudeau outlines expansive criteria for 75 per cent wage subsidy to cover businesses, charities hit hard amid pandemic

News|By Palak Mangat 1:57 PM ET
It’s still unclear how much the support will ultimately cost, and how many businesses and organizations will apply and receive such assistance, though Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledged that the 'costs keep climbing.'

COVID-19 can’t end parliamentary scrutiny, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
'There is no incompatibility between an effective and efficient government and legislative scrutiny,' says Carleton University professor Philippe Lagassé.

Guilbeault announces support for media; Winnipeg Free Press publisher blasts feds, saying ‘no new support’ forthcoming

News|By Mike Lapointe
Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said he has spoken with representatives from media groups and trade unions representing journalists, and the government is doing 'everything we can to help them make it through this cr

Government should be careful in using cellphone data to track COVID-19, advocates say

‘In normal times, most Canadians would respond to the collection and use of sensitive health and location information with a hard no. But these are not normal times,’ says professor Michael Geist.

Senate leaders point fingers as deal to oversee government COVID-19 spending falls apart

The Senate’s inability to supervise the government’s unprecedented crisis spending is an ‘institutional failing,’ says the leader of the Upper Chamber's largest group.

Federal lobbyists registry sees crop of new COVID-19 filings, as groups grapple with pandemic

At least 35 organizations are either lobbying federal officials about their needs or looking to assist the government in its response to the escalating coronavirus crisis.

‘More of a social work role’: MPs on balancing constituency work with emotions of electorate during COVID-19

'The level of correspondence has been hard to describe,' says rookie Green MP Jenica Atwin. 'People are really worried. They're really stressed out.'

Canada’s chief public health officers take centre stage amid COVID-19 crisis

News|By Tessie Sanci
Federal officers such as Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Howard Njoo, and provincial chief doctors, are involved in daily live press conferences to update Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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