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Stories by Christopher Guly

Live, from Facebook and YouTube: it’s pandemic 2.0 Politics and the Pen

Feature|By Christopher Guly
A normally must-attend event, Politics and the Pen has for years brought together 'a strange combination of folks,' including cabinet ministers, party leaders, staffers, authors, reporters, and lobbyists.
•In June, most polls indicated the Liberals on track to repeat their 2015 majority win under Justin Trudeau’s leadership. Now they're behind the Conservatives. With such a tight margin, either party could form a minority government. •The pandemic has laid bare 'fault lines' in which increasingly polarized views have emerged on issues, such as 'heightened attention to inequality at the very top; greater interest in climate change; a better balance between society and the economy; and social justice issues like systemic racism and Indigenous reconciliation.'
The prime minister was the prime target in last night's French-language debate and will be again tonight at the English-language televised leaders' debate.
Mary Simon promises to breathe new life into the Office of the Governor General and to help lead Canadians on the road to reconciliation.
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'I didn’t set out to be a politician. I just really wanted to make a difference,' says Catherine McKenna, who announced last month she would not re-offer when the next election is called.
The most revolutionary thing to come out of the pandemic has been the unprecedented use of technology to develop vaccines in record time, but Canada is going to need a transformative change to deal with future pandemics.
Based on the latest Ekos poll, the only threat to a Liberal majority government comes not from the Conservatives, but from the NDP and possibly the Bloc Québécois.
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House Speaker Anthony Rota promised MPs he would 'fight tooth and nail' to protect Parliament's autonomy.
'This is in no way a fight between Elizabeth and Annamie, but a fight to save the Green Party. There may be some surrogates of Elizabeth who are trying to make comparisons between 13 years of Elizabeth as leader and Annamie, who’s only been in the job for eight months,' says former interim Green leader Jo-Ann Roberts.
After delivering the admonishment, House Speaker Anthony Rota said he would consider MPs’ comments on the failure to release confidential documents, again, as he deliberates on on the ‘unprecedented situation.’
'Seamus has been quiet in the portfolio, but it appears that he has concentrated on working with industry and stakeholders, and building those relationships,' says former Liberal adviser Scott Reid.
The clock is ticking for federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinsonto reverse Canada’s current place as a climate-action laggard to the leadership position. But time is running out.
It's go time. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have to get cracking and start showing achievements this fall on the Cannabis Act, NAFTA renegotiations, the Phoenix pay system, Canada's Environmental Protection Act, fighter jets, naval ships, Indigenous reconciliation issues, pre-budget consultations, tax reforms, and much more.
'You can’t teach leadership qualities—they come from within, and Jagmeet’s got it,' says Brad Lavigne, a Singh supporter and former principal secretary to Jack Layton.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Life at Rideau Hall will be anything but normal, where Julie Payette’s life will be more under a public microscope than it ever has been before—as she already knows. But her former astronaut colleagues say she's more than ready for the country’s top job.
'I was a bit in shock' about the promotion, says Ginette Petitpas Taylor, but it 'made sense' with her mental-health experience.
'He was a gifted broadcaster and is therefore a gifted communicator, and that’s an asset for this government,' says former PMO staffer Scott Reid.
‘We have to look at and acknowledge the systemic barriers black Canadians have faced,’ says MP Fergus.
Most Liberal MPs have regular youth-group meetings, and some opposition MPs too. Proponents say they help engage young people in policymaking, but critics say they’re more fluff than substance.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale holds the cabinet portfolio that has 'zero political gain and a huge amount of political risk,' but he 'largely gets it done without incident,' says Chad Rogers.
The Tories are presenting Andrew Scheer as the affable everyman to connect with Canadians. And his greatest weapon? His irresistible charm, they say.
From the cost of each Peace Tower flag ($150) to the current wait time to receive one from Public Services (69 years), we uncover some of the rituals, people, and symbolic meanings attached to the red and white Maple Leaf ensign.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Gov. Gen. David Johnston talks about the book he co-wrote with Tom Jenkins, Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier and Happier.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Award-winning author Charlotte Gray talks about her latest book, The Promise of Canada: 150 Years—People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country.
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Liberal MP Scott Simms, Conservative MP Michael Chong, and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart want to fix Question Period, empower backbench MPs, reform House committees, and overhaul their own political parties, once and for all. So they wrote a book about it.
A spokesperson for the Treasury Board President argues the existing law had unintended consequences, and that previous governments just granted exemptions to it so fees could be raised anyway.
‘If there was a vote today in British Columbia, I doubt that there would be more than one or two federal Liberals that would survive’: NDP MP Peter Julian.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Just two years ago, Evan Solomon's future in the reporting industry was seen as uncertain when he lost his job. Today, he's straddling the worlds of TV, radio, and print journalism, without breaking a sweat. He's back.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Meanwhile, the Ontario Liberal government has announced an unprecedented, publicly funded drug plan for people younger than 25.
Hill veterans are wary of using their cellphones at times at home and abroad.
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