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In parliamentary ‘game of chicken,’ NDP side with Liberals to defeat Conservative motion, averting snap election

News|By Beatrice Paez
The nail-biter 146-180 vote came down in large part to the NDP. Its 24 representatives voted alongside the Liberals and the Greens’ three-member caucus in defeating a Conservative motion.
Plus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his office is preparing for possible 'disruptions' after the U.S. election, saying he hopes there will be 'a smooth transition.'
News|By Beatrice Paez
'The Liberals will, at some point, have their ducks in order,' says Liberal strategist Elliot Hughes. 'They’ll set things up so the NDP is unable to support an initiative, and maybe not meet a demand.'
Plus, the privacy commissioner is set to table the office's annual report.
News|By Beatrice Paez
The main spending estimates won’t be approved until at least December and may be considered alongside the next instalment of supplementary estimates, says Conservative critic Luc Berthold.
News|By Beatrice Paez
The Board of Internal Economy Committee recently approved a 20 per cent budget change to be used on public messaging.
Plus, the feds suspend export permits to Turkey, in response to allegations that Canadian technology is 'being used in the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Plus, the House Procedure and Affairs Committee will meet Tuesday to debate the Conservatives' latest push to call the prime minister to testify on his reasons for proroguing Parliament.
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Plus, the Senate creates a standalone 'audit and oversight committee' for Senate expenses, with membership extended to non-Senators.
Plus, Conservatives pursue a new avenue to revive attention on the WE Charity controversy.
Plus, Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says the deficit could hit $328.5-billion this fiscal year.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard says she had hoped the speech would have made specific references to the development of a Black-Canadian justice strategy.
Plus, the Liberal Party postpones its November policy convention to April 2021 due to the pandemic.
Plus, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the speech was 'clear' that a fiscal update in the fall would be coming, when pressed on whether a budget for this year was in the works.
News|By Beatrice Paez
The speech did not promise a full-fledged budget, but said an update to the feds’ COVID-19 Economic Response plan would be coming this fall.
Plus, Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, issues her latest warning about the spike in cases, saying that unless people limit social gatherings, another lockdown may be coming.
News|By Beatrice Paez
As parties attempt to hash out a workable sitting plan, House administration has been working behind the scenes to test the voting app for potential glitches. 
Plus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appoints longtime bureaucrat Iain Stewart as the new president of the Public Health Agency of Canada, after the sudden resignation of Tina Namiesniowski last Friday.
Plus, the ethics commissioner says several officials can't engage in official dealings with David MacNaughton.
Plus, former Conservative leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis eyes a run in Haldimand-Norfolk, Ont., a riding that has long been held by the Conservatives and a seat that will be vacated by the incumbent MP.
Plus, the Canadian Labour Congress is mounting a lobbying effort to influence the feds' planned overhaul of the EI system in the face of the pandemic.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Another lengthier process would have PROC report back to Parliament with committee assignments within 10 sitting days.
Plus, Ottawa has moved to certify a class action suit that the Assembly of First Nations filed in February regarding the funding of child welfare services
Plus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says decriminalization of drugs 'not a silver bullet' in fighting opioid crisis, as overdose deaths spike amid the pandemic.
News|By Beatrice Paez
'Now there’s a new imperative. Bring that mask production, or ventilator production, or for that matter, generic drugs—bring that back home,' says economist Jeff Rubin, author of The Expendables.
Plus, the NDP is calling for the resignation of Youth Minister Bardish Chagger over the 'key role' she played in choosing WE Charity for the troubled student-grant program.
Plus, the PM says Canada has signed two more vaccine deals, with Novavax and Johnson and Johnson.
Plus, the RCMP watchdog is preparing to release online summaries of its probes into allegations of wrongdoing by Mounties, in an effort at transparency.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Leslyn Lewis' team, and the party, will likely have to tread carefully to avoid undermining the autonomy of the riding associations and local volunteers who may already have candidates in mind, says Paul Thomas.
Plus, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh plans to hold a presser in Toronto on the return to school.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Some Conservatives also celebrated the win of Leslyn Lewis, the party's first Black female leadership candidate, who had an astounding finish for a relative unknown less than a year ago.
Plus, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he intends to stay on the sidelines in the next federal election, adding he's 'swamped' with COVID duties.

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