Plus, Adam Austen has exited as deputy director of communications to the foreign affairs minister.
Innovation, Science, and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured in the West Block on June 16, 2020. Behind him is Alexander Jagric, who was acting as press secretary at the time. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Innovation, Science, and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains has a new senior adviser in his office, with Tisha Ashton making her return to the ministerial staff ranks on Parliament Hill.
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While a ‘missed opportunity’ in the earlier days of the pandemic, some observers worry tying strings to provincial and territorial access to potentially life-saving vaccines could be seen as ‘unethical.’
With so much of everyday life migrating online due to the pandemic, says Michael Edwards of Sussex Strategy, the potential for engaging political supporters who weren’t initially comfortable doing transactions has grown.
Conservatives say sending the bill to the Ethics Committee is an attempt to distract the committee from its ongoing work on the WE Charity controversy, while Liberals say Ethics is the natural spot for a privacy bill.
‘I don’t need to hear from Chrystia Freeland … about their most recent budget for 90 minutes in order to understand the decision about prorogation,’ says NDP MP Daniel Blaikie of a Liberal-suggested compromise.