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Canadians undecided on Trudeau as a ‘leader or laggard’ on Omicron response after 12-day break, say strategists

By Matthew Horwood      

Experts say Trudeau's decision to stay quiet over the holidays as Omicron surged won't be viewed negatively by Canadians, and more frequent press briefings won't help his popularity.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds at a media availability at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Jan. 5 to update Canadians on the government’s response to latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

After a 12-day break from public appearances, the prime minister was back in the spotlight Wednesday attempting to deliver a message of hope in the face of surging COVID-19 cases, but politicos say his government’s actions in the coming weeks will be more important than political messaging.

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NDP caucus retreat brings renewed focus on health care and cost-of-living concerns ahead of House return

News|By Matthew Horwood 3:59 PM ET
NDP MPs say last week's retreat was a chance to speak about issues impacting Canadians the most and to 'amplify' their voices when the House of Commons sits again.

Address ‘badly funded’ WHO, build robust international institutions to tackle health and climate change, urges former PM Martin

News|By Kevin Philipupillai 6:06 PM ET
In a webinar hosted by the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy, Paul Martin described a view of multilateralism that was shaped by his collaboration with other G20 finance ministers.

Liberal leadership speculation a distraction, Trudeau should shut it down firmly, say Liberal MPs, political insiders, and pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
If the Liberal leadership speculation does not stop, Liberals could end up in the same situation as Conservatives are now in, says Darrell Bricker. But Nik Nanos says Trudeau could theoretically win another government.

House sitting ‘make or break’ for O’Toole’s leadership, say Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
Conservative caucus members opposed to leader Erin O’Toole have to decide if their political enemy is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or O’Toole, says pollster Nik Nanos.

‘I can feel the level of anxiety in people’s voices’: Zoom fatigue, stressed-out constituents and threats, the lives of parliamentarians through the pandemic

MPs say they've experienced rising threats to their personal safety and increased difficulty connecting with their constituents during the pandemic.

Supply chain crisis and federal budget occupy agriculture sector in busy December

Three of the top six most active advocacy groups in December represented the agricultural sector.

In defiance of O’Toole, Saskatchewan MPs vote to back Batters in regional caucus: source

News|By Abbas Rana
In a regional caucus meeting Thursday evening, Saskatchewan MPs voted overwhelmingly in support of Senator Denise Batters' staying in the Saskatchewan caucus.

National housing strategy investments ‘not enough’ to increase housing supply, says CMHC

Canada’s Superintendent of Financial Institutions Peter Routledge says Canada’s housing sector has systems in place to absorb shocks from rising interest rates.

Alexa McDonough and the cost of blazing trails

Feature|By Chelsea Nash
Alexa McDonough, who died on Jan. 15 at the age of 77, was the second woman to lead the federal NDP from 1995 through 2006; a time, her former colleagues recall, in which women in politics faced much sexism.
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