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‘Much more gets accomplished when hyper-partisanship is taken out of politics’: MPs, experts, politicos weigh in on leadership during global pandemic’s second wave

By Mike Lapointe      

'This is exactly the time that you need to have confidence that your political leadership is going to be making those types of decisions with one thing in mind, and that is what is best needed to save the lives of people,' said new Green Party Leader Annamie Paul.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and new Green Party Leader Annamie Paul. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

With the ‘second wave’ of the COVID-19 pandemic confronting the highest levels of leadership in both politics and in the health community, as confirmed cases continue to increase in jurisdictions across Canada, both MPs and experts say that “this is the time when we need to work for the health and safety of every Canadian,” according to Bloc Québécois MP Christine Normandin, that “the nature of leadership demands a level of cooperation that is exceptional,” according to NDP MP Don Davies, and that the Green Party believes that “much more gets accomplished when hyper-partisanship is taken out of politics and we look for areas of commonality,” according to newly-appointed Green Party Leader Annamie Paul.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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