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Mapping the road to recovery: nine key challenges

By Trevin Stratton      

We must be bold and innovative, and avoid the temptation to seek comfortable solutions in an increasingly uncomfortable world. We need to start planning how our country and economy can emerge stronger.

As provinces and territories begin to reopen, Canada must prepare to transition away from a subsidy-based crisis response toward economic stimulus and getting Canadians back to work, while ensuring their health and safety, writes Trevin Stratton. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

In the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic, it is difficult for Canadians, our families, businesses and governments to look beyond confronting the immediate effects of COVID-19. However, even as Canadians continue supporting each other today, we must also begin looking over the horizon to the post-COVID-19 world to start planning how our country and economy can emerge stronger.

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Don’t expect Biden’s tough, bipartisan approach to China to be met with Canadian imitation, say analysts

News|By Neil Moss
A tough, bipartisan American approach on China could put additional pressure on Canada, but questions loom over whether Joe Biden's campaign rhetoric will be met with White House action.

Federal cybersecurity workers heading for strike votes following bargaining impasse

News|By Mike Lapointe
With the two sides having been at the bargaining table for almost two years following the expiry of the most recent collective agreement, strike votes are scheduled to run from Feb. 11 to 24.

Feds should establish regulator to rein in ‘Wild West’ of social media, says report

News|By Beatrice Paez
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NDP to focus on pandemic measures, amplifying message in winter sitting

News|By Alice Chen
The party assigned six new critics in the lead-in to the House’s return after previously stripping MP Niki Ashton of all her critic duties for travelling abroad to tend to a sick relative.

Trans Mountain work stoppage continues, as CPC’s McLean says project ‘even more important’ post-U.S. axing of Keystone XL

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No replacing need for in-person diplomacy, say chairs, as work of interparliamentary groups goes on

News|By Neil Moss
The 13 interparliamentary associations haven't been able to travel or host foreign delegations since last March, but their work has continued virtually with some technical issues.

AG says office has kept pace with scrutinizing feds’ pandemic spending

News|By Palak Mangat
The OAG, which typically has a staff of between 575 and 600 employees, has now surpassed the 700 mark after it began recruiting additional reinforcements to help manage the COVID workload.

Payette’s resignation yet another self-inflicted wound for Trudeau Liberals, say former senior Grits

News|By Abbas Rana
Justin Trudeau should take his time and follow a proper screening process in choosing Julie Payette’s successor, says Prof. Donald Savoie.

Liberals held a virtual election readiness ‘2021 kick-off call’ with caucus, ridings, and campaign managers last week

News|By Abbas Rana
The Jan. 18 online meeting was a regular monthly meeting aimed to update MPs and riding volunteers about 'party’s tools and resources to stay connected with Canadians in virtual ways that respect public health guidelines,' says Braeden Caley, senior director, communication with the Liberal Party
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