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Feds need to strengthen security and intelligence capacity in post COVID-19 world

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Incident Response Group on Jan. 27, 2020. Photograph courtesy of the Prime Minister’s Office

Mel Cappe raised a lot of very good points in his recent piece in the Centre for International Governance Innovation and in a follow-up interview with The Hill Times in last Monday’s issue. The former clerk of the Privy Council Office and Canada’s former top bureaucrat said “during a crisis, success in governance requires strong institutions, robust decision-making processes and the right people in the right jobs.” Specifically, without an “institutionalized” cabinet emergency group constantly in place, the capacity for cabinet ministers to tackle pandemics and other emergencies is “woefully lacking,” he told The Hill Times. Mr. Cappe said although the prime minister’s move to create a cabinet committee on COVID-19 on March 4—a week before the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic—was an important and valuable step, such a cabinet committee should be put in place permanently to deal with future pandemics and emergencies. He’s right.

Feds’ climate bill a ‘significant achievement’—and it’s full of holes: experts

‘The biggest risk is that we’re going to backload the policies and the efforts that we’re going to need,’ says Michael Bernstein.

PMO’s Canada-U.S. relations team gearing up for transition to Biden administration

News|By Mike Lapointe
Brian Clow, executive director of issues management, parliamentary affairs and Canada-U.S. relations remains at the helm, and works closely with Elise Wagner, adviser for issues and Canada-U.S. relations within the PMO.

Trump’s unprecedented failure to concede expected to have ‘very little’ impact on Canada-U.S. relations, says Heyman

News|By Abbas Rana
'It's clear that everybody's already tilting in toward the next president,' said Mr. Heyman, who served as the U.S. envoy to Canada from 2014 to 2017.

When it comes to dissenting female MPs and dissenting white male MPs, Trudeau’s got a double standard, says former Grit MP Caesar-Chavannes

News|By Abbas Rana
One-term former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes talks to The Hill Times about her life in federal politics and about her upcoming book, Can You Hear Me Now?, and she says she's not ruling out a return to the Hill.

‘Always a rolling target to bring about big change’: Fergus says he’s optimistic in feds’ anti-racism strategy progress, ‘but we’re not there yet’

News|By Mike Lapointe
But NDP MP Matthew Green says 'there just seems to be ongoing reluctance for this government to go beyond the aesthetics of big ticket announcements.'

‘Massive overhaul’ of privacy law leaves political parties off the hook

The bill leaves unanswered questions, including why the government wants consumer data, and how much businesses will be able to do with that data without consumers' permission, says John Lawford.

As COVID-19 runs ‘around unchecked,’ Trudeau urges renewed adherence to public health measures

News|By Beatrice Paez
Canada could be on track to hit upwards of 60,000 new infections in December, unless individuals modify their behaviour and restrictions are tightened.

Feds could receive 6 million vaccine doses by March 2021, but details around distribution in works

News|By Palak Mangat
The possibility of Canada receiving six million vaccine doses by the end of March 2021 comes with a 'big if,' says Iain Stewart, the newly named president of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

No system in place to verify if mail-in ballots counted in official tally, says Elections Canada

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Elections Canada is exploring the idea of installing secure drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots.
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