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It’s not about abortion: if you want a green outcome, don’t be distracted 

By Susan Riley       

A brace of new Green members—along with allies like the NDP’s Svend Robinson in Burnaby North-Seymour, or Montreal Liberal candidate and anti-pipeline activist, Steven Guilbault—could keep a new government’s feet to the fire on what is, arguably, an issue that transcends all others. For everyone else, there’s the Conservatives.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, pictured on May 22, 2018, on Parliament Hill at a rally along with NDP MPs and activists to protest against the government's $4.5-billion bailout of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Despite Ms. May’s shaky campaign start—a Quebec candidate who favours independence; being forced to backtrack on the tricky question of whether Green MPs could advance anti-abortion motions (they can’t)—Ms. May is well-informed, consistent, and deadly serious about the need for radical action to arrest climate change. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

CHELSEA, QUE.—For many voters, the most important question in the federal election that started last week is this: which party has the best plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions and the most likelihood of following through?

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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.

‘Essential’ Hill workers told to bring ID, permission slip in wake of Quebec border crackdown

Quebec authorities have assured the feds that public servants will be able to ‘move freely,’ so they can perform critical federal services, but one law professor says the move could be unconstitutional.

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

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.
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