On balance, all conditions are in place to maximize our joint efforts and continue to lead together in the fight against COVID-19. It's another opportunity for Canada and the EU to work more closely than ever.
On May 4, the EU joined forces with Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Norway, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, to host the launch of a high-level pledging conference, the Coronavirus Global Response Initiative, writes Brice de Schietere.
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It seems like a lifetime ago that we were going about our everyday business and then, suddenly, we found ourselves in the middle of a health and human crisis of exceptional scale and speed.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.