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‘Everybody’s scared’: Trudeau needs to cut red tape, give money directly to Canadians to stimulate economy, say political strategists

By Abbas Rana      

The COVID-19 pandemic makes 9/11 look like a ‘hiccup’ says EKOS president Frank Graves.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been in self-isolation since his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12, 2020, announced $82-billion in financial aid last week for Canadians and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The prime minister has continued to hold daily morning briefings from Rideau Cottage where he lives with his family on the grounds of Rideau Hall. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

While economies around the world face the possibility of a depression as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals need to cut the bureaucratic red tape and start a basic income pilot program to give money directly to all Canadians for the duration of the crisis, say political strategists. 

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


Conservative race still too close to call, say MPs, strategists, but Lewis’ breakout role one to watch

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Tech sector eyes procurement as way to stimulate business

Documents released to the House Government Operations Committee give a glimpse into how lucrative the federal technology procurement space is.

Fundraising amid pandemic ‘incredibly difficult’ for Green leadership hopefuls as Paul takes clear lead

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Easing of restrictions to non-U.S. travellers into Canada unlikely to be met with Trump backlash, could pave way for reopening of 49th parallel, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
'The core operating ideal within ... Ottawa is evidence-based policymaking and there are clearly other jurisdictions out there besides the U.S. that have done a better job in containing [the virus],' says Eric Miller.

WE Charity highlights loopholes for ‘celebrity’ and secret lobbying, warn observers who call for long overdue review

'I’m of the opinion that organizations understand the rules so well that we have seen that they will make sure they don't have to report if they don't want to,' says ethics scholar Ian Stedman.

Public services too ‘stretched’ to deliver student-grant program, says employment minister

Small Business Minister Mary Ng says the extent of her interactions with the organization was limited to that initial pitch, and did not extend to the since-cancelled contract for the student-grant program.

‘Weak’ trade growth in 2019 caused by ‘trade policy uncertainty’ and ‘mixed economic signals’, Global Affairs report suggests

News|By Neil Moss
Canada's export growth with China declined by 16 per cent in 2019 and growth in exports to the United States slowed to 2.5 per cent.

Venezuela winter elections will be fraudulent, warns envoy, calling for continued support

Last November, Canada officially recognized Orlando Viera-Blanco, a representative of interim president Juan Guaidó, as the country’s ambassador.

Official Languages Committee to probe WE Charity deal

News|By Palak Mangat
Liberal MP Sherry Sherry Romanado, who voted along party lines to oppose the motion, says the probe falls outside the scope of the committee's mandate.
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