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Election 2019

Liberals going to have to make fundamental shifts in their communications and strategy

By Joe Jordan      

Complicating matters is the closeness of the race, meaning the potential prize may not be all that is seems. If we are headed toward a minority, as the polls would suggest, it opens the door to a whole new level of speculation. Will it trigger leadership reviews? Are the supporting parties in any financial position to force a subsequent early election? Who would hold the balance of power? What would a coalition agreement look like? When would Parliament sit again and how would the role of an independent Senate change? Finally, given the difficulty the Conservatives may have finding a willing dance partner, the actual winner could lose and the loser could win.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Sept. 15, 2019, campaigning for Liberal MP Kim Rudd in Northumberland-Peterborough South, Ont. In this campaign, the Liberals are both the 'pitcher of record' and the frontrunner. Simply trying to repeat what worked in 2015 will not end well for them. Photograph courtesy of Twitter

OTTAWA—The perfect analogy for how I participate in elections now: I head toward the crowd, hang around the fringes, graciously accept whatever is on offer, and speak with confidence about things I neither know, nor understand.

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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.

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.

Ottawa should trigger Emergencies Act amid COVID-19 crisis, says retired general and former Liberal Andrew Leslie

The Emergencies Act was carefully crafted and revised in the 1980s so that governments wouldn't have to 'reinvent the wheel' when crisis struck, said the former Liberal whip and army commander.
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