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Liberal government may have just set its own electoral-reform promise ablaze

By Sarah Schmidt      

The weeks ahead may yield some surprises yet, and Canadians may finally get truly fair and democratic elections by 2019, as was promised to them. But if the tack taken last week by the government in response to the final report of the special parliamentary committee on electoral reform is any indication, I won’t hold my breath.

Members of the all-party Special Committee on Electoral Reform speak to the media on Dec. 1 after tabling its report, which recommended holding a national referendum on a proportional representation system. Bloc Québécois MP Luc Thériault; Conservative MP and vice-chair Scott Reid; Liberal MP and chair Francis Scarpaleggia; NDP and vice-chair MP Nathan Cullen; Green party leader Elizabeth May; and CBC reporter Elizabeth Thompson, moderator of the press conference. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—So this may be a first. A political party campaigns on a clear commitment to do something big and bold in a doable time frame. It gets elected because it made big and bold promises, including this one.

PM should create permanent emergency preparedness cabinet committee, say experts, political players: ‘being prepared for the next natural disaster, terrorist act or health crisis is the objective’

News|By Mike Lapointe
A former national security adviser to the prime minister says 'if this country wants the national security agencies to worry about a pandemic, then they need to raise it on the list of priorities set by cabinet.'

‘These jobs are not coming back’: economists pour cold water on O’Toole‘s Canada First policy

‘Some people are going to win from a Canada-first policy. Most people are going to lose,’ says Queen’s professor Ian Keay.

Old and new priorities compete for space in Liberals’ fall agenda

Talk of pharmacare, childcare and clean energy is nothing new, but a re-surging pandemic could sideline everything else.

‘Ping-pong’ gun politics continue to divide voters, as O’Toole courts GTA seats

'I think it’s going to help some of the Conservative candidates in some of those swing ridings,' says Ontario Tory MP Alex Ruff of the Liberal ban on 'assault weapons.'

Recovery measures for ‘national safety net’ should be in place before any talk of election, says Singh

News|By Palak Mangat
Bloc Québécois Leader tested positive for the virus and is in isolation until Sept. 26, which means he will be missing the Throne Speech.

‘Disheartening’ report on child well-being places urgency on creation of commissioner, say experts

News|By Palak Mangat
'We know this generation will be paying the debt that's incurred in the pandemic for a long time, so Canada needs to look at things we’ve been calling for for a long time now,' says Lisa Wolff of UNICEF.

‘Like a criminal’: Canada-U.S. asylum agreement has a human cost, refugee says

The U.S. 'is not a safe country for refugees,’ says a woman who Canada turned away because she entered the U.S. first. Her case helped convince a Federal Court judge the SCTA should end, a ruling the feds are appealing.

Parties ramp up fundraising to cope after ‘big hiccup’ of pandemic, with a modified ‘return to normal,’ say experts

News|By Palak Mangat
Given 'all the different hints' of an early election call, Burlington Conservative riding association head Ross Noble says his team is looking to expand its fundraising efforts, with different formats and larger groups.

‘Basic human rights’ at stake in Nunavut housing crisis, says NDP MP Qaqqaq

'I feel like I’m fighting all the time,' says Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, who isn’t sure whether she’ll run for office again.
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