The time is ripe for the Liberals to strike a deal on pharmacare, says former Liberal adviser John Delacourt.
Public Safety Minster Bill Blair, pictured May 6, 20202, in the House of Commons for a meeting of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Mr. Blair is responsible for delivering on some of the government's most high-profile promises, and ushering key pieces of legislation through a minority House of Commons. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Liberal government has plenty of work left todo as MPs begin their summer recess, with a stalled legislative agenda and high-profile promises awaiting Parliament’s return this fall.
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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.