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Whither—or is it wither?—the NDP

By Susan Riley       

Trying to please the party's various factions on the pipeline/climate change issue has kept the NDP silent, or disjointed, on a crucial policy front.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley 'has become almost unrecognizable as a New Democrat,' writes Susan Riley, as she has tried to defend the oilsands industry in national policy debates. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

CHELSEA, QUE.—Federal leader Jagmeet Singh isn’t the only New Democrat facing a daunting uphill climb this fall: trying to win a seat, losing veteran MPs to retirement, stumbling into unnecessary controversies. The entire party, federal and provincial, is a mess of contradictory policies, clashing priorities, tired or tentative standard-bearers, and few obvious signs of enthusiasm at the grassroots.

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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

Dole out funding for COVID-19 ads soon, say experts, as ethnic media outlets face cash crunch

News|By Palak Mangat
'If they want the ads to be amplified, having community partners of each of those language groups would be useful,' says former MP Olivia Chow.

Ottawa should declare northern flights essential as ‘decimated’ service puts Inuit at risk of losing ‘only link’ to key services, says ITK

The government said it is committed to ‘maintaining a focused, safe and reliable air transport network for these communities.’

Wage subsidies ‘critical,’ a ‘lifeline’ for businesses to survive pandemic, says Chamber of Commerce president

News|By Mike Lapointe
'This subsidy will make a real difference in your lives and help everyone affected bridge to better times,' said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, March 27.

Mental health a ‘missing piece’ in feds’ COVID-19 response, say critics, advocates

NDP MP Don Davies says the situation calls for an ‘extraordinary response’ and supports for mental health, which one advocate says should come ‘imminently.’

Food supply, emergency vehicle repair: keeping Canada-U.S. trade open key to fight against COVID-19, say stakeholders

The 'biggest point of concern right now' is 'making sure that we keep those shipments of fresh vegetables and other commodities rolling in by truck across the border, truck or train,' says John Manley.

Refusing to commit to firm timeline, Trudeau says it’s ‘realistic’ measures will last until July

The government is working to recall Parliament to consider passing what the prime minister has cast as the 'biggest economic measures' in Canada’s history.

Introduction of electronic, remote voting not called for yet, but should be re-examined by House committee, say some MPs

Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie says she doesn’t think such a reconsideration is warranted yet, but could be if COVID-19 keeps Parliament away into the fall.

Lobbyists clamour to get voices heard on COVID-19

The number of lobbying files connected to COVID-19 has exploded in the last week, with 90 registrations for 55 organizations outlining plans to push federal officials on issues ranging from policy to funding.
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