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F-35 consortium agreement never seen as commitment to buy: Sajjan

By Tim Naumetz      

The feds could either hold a competition, as Trudeau promised in the election campaign, or acquire more modern versions of the Boeing CF-18 without inviting other bids, says Prof. Byers.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, pictured last month at the CANSEC military equipment trade show in Ottawa, says none of the original members of the Joint Strike Fighter Consortium are required to buy any F-35s. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A 2002 agreement Canada signed with the U.S. and seven other countries for development of the F-35 stealth warplane was never viewed by the partners as “a commitment to buy the F-35,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office told The Hill Times.

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MacAulay says ‘progress’ being made cutting veterans’ benefit backlog amid COVID-19

News|By Palak Mangat
After vowing to hire about 350 new workers and extend the contracts of roughly 160 existing staff members last summer, teams will be simultaneously ‘up and running’ in the next quarter, the feds say.

‘Enough is enough’: new group aims to open path for Filipino-Canadian candidates in next federal election

Filipino-Canadians could rally voters in closely-contested ridings across the country, say the founders of the Filipino Canadian Political Association.

MPs call for re-vamp of federal role in long-term care system devastated by COVID-19

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With the most anticipated budget in recent Canadian history just around the corner, MPs from both sides of the aisle are calling for desperately needed infrastructure funding for long-term care homes across the country.

Thirteen suburban ridings will be key battlegrounds in next election, say former Liberal MPs and pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
If an election were held today, the Liberals would win most of the 13 suburban ridings decided by the closest margins in the last election, say pollsters.

Feds brushing ‘crumbs’ to Black Canadians, says former Liberal MP Caesar-Chavannes

In appointing her successor as parliamentary secretary, Celina Caesar-Chavannes says the prime minister is continuing a ‘pattern of behaviour.’

In election-style address, Trudeau pits Liberals’ appetite for change with Conservatives’

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In his Liberal convention address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took several direct swipes at Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole.

Liberals endorse basic income, whistleblower protections, ‘green new deal’ at convention

News|By Beatrice Paez
There were a number of resolutions that were immediately shot down by grassroots members, including one urging the government to create a program for student-loan recipients to reduce their debt through volunteer work.

Digital-first campaigns come with competitive advantage, Democratic organizers tell Grits

Remote staffing can be a ‘game changer’ to bring in diversity of skills and organizers for key roles are among the lessons learned by U.S. Democratic organizers during a pandemic election.

Liberal MPs Fergus, Ien reflect on death of George Floyd nearly a year since his killing

News|By Beatrice Paez
As the only Black female MP in Parliament, the Liberals' Marci Ien says it was equally important for her to demonstrate to young people that she had a place in politics.
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