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Biotech industry leading the charge to find vaccines and treatments for COVID-19

By Liberal MP Ali Ehsassi      

The Canadian biotech sector should rest assured that our government not only recognizes the critical role it plays in our economy, but that we will continue to look for opportunities to help further develop this vital domestic industry.

Two weeks ago, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, along with the prime minsiter, not pictured, announced an investment of $126-million for a new bio-manufacturing facility at the National Research Council’s Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre in Montreal. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada’s economy, including Canadian biotech, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Disruptions to employment and supply chains have had significant impacts on workers and their families, and have created barriers to growth at a time when innovation and research is critical. In the face of these unprecedented challenges, our government has worked tirelessly to protect the health and safety of Canadians and to support Canadian businesses.

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Lambropoulos’ comments could be used against Grits in next election, say Liberal insiders, pollsters, and MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Quebecers are more upset with Liberal MP Emmanuella Lambropoulos’ comments about decline of French in Quebec than they were with the WE Charity scandal, says one Quebec Liberal insider.

Race to replace MP Kent as Thornhill’s Conservative on the ballot a chance to ‘bring Conservatives back into the fold’, sign of ‘generational shift’, say early candidates

News|By Mike Lapointe
Two names have emerged stating their intentions of running for the party’s nomination in the riding so far, including long-time Conservative staffer Melissa Lantsman as well as Progressive Conservative MPP Gila Martow.

MPs, experts paying close attention to housing supply after very strong year of sales, despite COVID-19

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During a banner year for home sales in Canada despite the economic downturn associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, both MPs and experts are watching the country's housing supply carefully in the months and years to come.

Aerospace sector looks to government for help as pandemic grounds once high-flying industry

The aerospace industry is a big contributor to GDP and employs hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Many of Canada's biggest competitors in the space, like France, have doled out billions in sector specific relief.

Feds need to flex creative muscles in pandemic messaging, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
The feds’ television ad campaigns featuring Dr. Theresa Tam don't sufficiently leverage the power of the medium, says Professor Alex Marland.

Ottawa projects three million Canadians could be vaccinated by March 2021

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though Canada no longer has the manufacturing ability to scale up production, the two most promising vaccines are produced using a new technology called mRNA, which is not widely available. 

MPs press Bibeau to give trade compensation timeline, details to struggling farmers

‘It’s caused a great deal of stress,’ and agriculture producers want an answer on compensation before 2020 closes, says Conservative MP Richard Lehoux.

NDP’s spring convention offers chance to pit party’s vision against governing Liberals’, say members

News|By Beatrice Paez
For New Democrats, conventions often generate 'vigorous and energetic' debate on 'emerging policy' issues among the party faithful, says former NDP MP Libby Davies. 

DND says budget for Surface Combatants remains unchanged; PBO report expected in late February

News|By Neil Moss
In 2019, the PBO projected the cost of 15 CSC frigates to be nearly $70-billion. The defence department says the ships are still projected to cost between $56- and $60-billion.
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