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There should be no surprises in what the Biden administration is doing

By David Crane       

We had lots of warning. The real question is what do we do now?

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration will be pushing hard to implement as much of its election platform as it can. This includes US$1.3-trillion in new infrastructure spending over 10 years, an extra US$400-billion of government procurement to create new demand for American products, materials, and services and an extra US$300-billion on federal research and development to strengthen U.S. capacities in next-generation industries such as clean energy, smart infrastructure, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, electrics vehicles and batteries and synthetic biology. Photograph courtesy of Facebook

TORONTO—As I wrote in July, “the U.S. election will have real outcomes for us, no matter who wins.” And it is already having an impact, with the cancellation of the licence for the Keystone XL pipeline and the executive order strengthening U.S. Buy America rules on government procurement, including federal grants to states and municipalities, and including infrastructure and climate change investments.

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Toronto ‘getting shortchanged’ on vaccine distribution, say some Toronto Grit MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MP Adam Vaughan wants the Doug Ford government to publicly release the allocation criteria used for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in different regions of Ontario.

Bill to raise debt ceiling to $1.8-trillion advances to Senate

The Liberal government is planning to push the federal debt close to the new ceiling by 2024.

Liberals tight-lipped on labour standoff near party’s Montreal heartland

The government must keep workers on the job, say business lobby groups. The longshoremen's union says the Liberals should publicly rule out the use of back-to-work legislation.

Feds dole out millions for harm-reduction projects amid opioid overdose uptick

News|By Mike Lapointe
Nearly 2,700 people in Canada died from an opioid-related overdose between April 2020 and September 2020, according to the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses.

‘There’s so much at stake with this’: Liberal MPs want landmark federal budget focused on economics, not politics

News|By Abbas Rana
The April 19 budget ‘will be the election budget any way that you cut it,’ says pollster Nik Nanos of Nanos Research

Feds likely to be drawn into talks on standardizing use of vaccine passports, despite reticence to wade in

News|By Beatrice Paez
Barring residents who haven’t been vaccinated from travelling to another province may be the unlikeliest of scenarios, but Prof. Krishnamurthy says he sees certificates being used to confer benefits to pass holders.

Don’t miss out on getting vaccine, urge MPs, Senators amid concerns over rare blood clots

News|By Palak Mangat
The political instinct is to ‘accept no risk’ when solving a problem, but that’s not how the ‘real world of medicine’ works, says former emergency-room doctor and Liberal MP Marcus Powlowski.

Trudeau says eight million more Pfizer shots to arrive starting May, as Moderna halves April deliveries

‘We need to hang in there and hunker down for a number of more weeks,’ the prime minister told Canadians.

Appeal court overturns suspension of Canada-U.S. asylum agreement

Last July, a landmark Federal Court ruling declared the 17-year-old refugee pact violated the Charter. Today, the appeal court disagreed, and so the treaty will remain in effect.
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