As COVID-19 persists into a second year and shows signs of becoming a worse catastrophe, the prospects for elected leaders could take a decidedly negative turn.
The Liberals must get the government’s handling of the pandemic back into reasonable shape as 2021 progresses. Otherwise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s hopes for a third mandate could be non-existent, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—Politically, everything we have surmised about the impact of COVID-19 is no longer applicable.
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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.