There's speculation over how the U.S. election will be handled in the age of the pandemic. The prevailing view is that the president would not be able legally to postpone the vote, although, with Trump, who knows?
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the White House Coronavirus Task Force update briefing on March 29. The fact that half of Americans can find something to approve in his performance shows how much he has converted his leadership into a cult, write Les Whittington. White House photograph courtesy of Andrea Hanks
OTTAWA—As the COVID-19 crisis has gained momentum, Donald Trump has reduced the office of the U.S. president to a kind of endless, theatre-of-the-absurd talk show routine.
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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.