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PM convenes Incident Response Group, as feds, provinces ramp-up co-ordinated response to coronavirus

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'The situation is changing almost hourly and our public health system needs to be ready to adapt to any sudden change in the current situation,' says SFU's Kelley Lee.
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The 2019 federal budget allocated $523.3-million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to 'ensure that adequate resources are dedicated to addressing pay issues,' according to PSPC.
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Multiple government departments remain quiet on any role they’ve played in the royal couple’s plans to move to Canada part time.
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PIPSC president Debi Daviau says her union was not involved in discussions with the PMO prior to the decision to move Shared Services Canada under the minister of digital government.
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Liberal MP Omar Alghabra is the ‘first parliamentary secretary to be tasked to exercise leadership in this area,’ according to the Prime Minister's Office, but unions say they haven’t heard from him yet.
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Canada resettled 28,100 refugees in 2018. But a public policy expert cautions that increased irregular border crossings threaten both popular support for migration, as well as the international refugee protection system.
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Former top bureaucrat says the ‘true test’ of an economist in the role is how he will deal with fiscal issues. 'He may be a bit of a constraint on an otherwise unlimited series of spending initiatives,' says Mel Cappe.
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The government is ‘disappointed’ PSAC rejected an offer in line with recent agreements signed by 34 other bargaining units, according to a Treasury Board spokesperson.
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Climate change played a prominent role in the Speech from the Throne last week, as Governor General Julie Payette says the government's promise to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is 'ambitious, but necessary.'
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But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.
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Former Treasury Board President Joyce Murray was appointed minister of digital government in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet, with Jean-Yves Duclos tapped to replace her.
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'It feels like the right time to really strengthen our Ottawa presence,' says Luiza Ch. Savage, executive director of cross-platform content for Politico.
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The Canada Revenue Agency says the government is 'in the process' of considering an independent journalism panel's recommendations, which will 'inform the process' of administering tax measures supporting Canadian media.
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Mr. Levant’s correspondence with The Hill Times followed the release of a judge's reasons for forcing the Leaders’ Debates Commission to allow two right-leaning outfits access to the October federal leader's debates.
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Conservative MPs and strategists agree that appointing former Harper cabinet minister John Baird to lead the election post-mortem is the right call. 'He does not hold any punches,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.
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PIPSC president Debi Daviau says amount spent on outsourcing has increased ‘despite commitment by the government to reduce spending on external consultants to 2005 levels,’ at union’s annual general meeting.
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The Terrasses de la Chaudière is prone to occasional bat intrusions due to cracks on the exterior surface of the complex and its proximity to the Ottawa River, according to the PSPC.
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According to a Senate spokesperson, the Senate's in-house compensation team has developed 'effective work-arounds and capacity to promptly fix any errors' associated with the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system.
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The prime minister’s first task should be to figure out to manage the House in a minority situation, says former PCO clerk Mel Cappe. ‘Everything else is irrelevant.’
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The internet and social media are breaking down the traditional ‘gatekeeper’ role of media in campaigns, says Carleton journalism professor Paul Adams.
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NDP MP Jack Harris says the Liberal mandate has been ‘significantly tempered by the attitudes of Canadians about the election and by the necessity for this country to work.'
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Democracy Watch says Governor General should speak with all party leaders before deciding who can try forming government, but Emmett Macfarlane says the confidence convention is the linchpin of the parliamentary system.
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High voter turnout in the National Capital Region demonstrates public servants 'must be doing their civic duty,' says PIPSC president Debi Daviau.
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The Hill Times spoke with some podcast hosts taking a deeper dive into the political nitty-gritty, within a medium that only continues to grow in popularity.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is headed to Terrebonne, Que., today to visit a local business before finishing the day with an evening rally in Montreal alongside supporters and Liberal candidates.
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The 'essence of clerkness' is continuity of government, says former PCO clerk Mel Cappe, who says he's 'strongly advised' current PCO clerk Ian Shugart to reach out to Andrew Scheer's team.
'Does that create a legitimacy question, for Trudeau to combine with Singh, or not? There’s no legal impediment to it,' says former CBC Parliament Hill bureau chief Elly Alboim.
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Former Liberal Party adviser Sheamus Murphy says the challenge for the Conservatives in this campaign is that people who voted for Doug Ford 'may not be feeling like they’re getting what they voted for.'
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PIPSC president Debi Daviau says her union will work with whoever forms government, but that efforts to change recent provisions 'un-muzzling' federal scientists would have to be pried from her 'cold, dead, fingers.'
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'This is where I do think that there is an interesting question, which is that if you look at the American presidential race, when there’s a serious candidate for the presidency as you have in the Democratic primary right now, you do get the big powerhouse media, meaning The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and maybe to some extent, some of the broadcast media, really go digging for stories deep in people’s history,' says Paul Adams.
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Economists are praising the 'top-notch work' of the Parliamentary Budget Office costing various party election promises so far, while the conspicuous absence of any Liberal reports continues to dog the party's campaign.
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Voters in the Greater Toronto Area prioritize issues that expose fundamental differences between the two main parties right now, says one political science professor.

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