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PMO’s Canada-U.S. relations team gearing up for transition to Biden administration

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Brian Clow, executive director of issues management, parliamentary affairs and Canada-U.S. relations remains at the helm, and works closely with Elise Wagner, adviser for issues and Canada-U.S. relations within the PMO.
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But NDP MP Matthew Green says 'there just seems to be ongoing reluctance for this government to go beyond the aesthetics of big ticket announcements.'
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'This is our lead time to prepare and to recognize that things are not going well,' said medical director of infection prevention and control at Toronto’s University Health Network Dr. Susy Hota.
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The new president of PHAC should focus on getting rapid testing, contact tracing, clear messaging, and coordination for the flu vaccine, which is a precursor for the COVID vaccination, say top doctors and experts.
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'The government has a responsibility to present a plan for economic recovery that is based on an employed, working population,' says Conservative MP Pat Kelly.
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'The last thing you want is for people to feel pressured to come to work when they’re potentially sick, or that they’re going to be putting themselves or others at risk in doing so,' says PIPSC president Debi Daviau.
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'Time is of the essence', according to Kim Hiscott, executive director of Andrew Fleck Children’s Services. 'It would be really unfortunate to have to start at the beginning with recruiting educators.'
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Heritage was selected as the department for this project because it includes a good representation of the kinds of complexities that an HR and pay system is going to have to grapple with, according to Minister Murray.
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Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
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Liberal MP John McKay says closer cooperation with Taiwan in the current environment represents a ‘massive opportunity with little or no downside’
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'When we’re going through a crisis like this—this may be the biggest one in my lifetime—the public has no patience for petty political games, name-calling and finger-pointing,' said Mr. Manley.
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Pollster Nik Nanos says 'it's more about leadership than partisanship,' and that for provincial premiers going to the polls, 'they're not only banking on their pandemic response,' but on how they've worked with others.
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'Government can either kickstart the old economy or it can kickstart the new economy, and that’s where the focus on low-carbon will be really important,' says Smart Prosperity Institute executive director Stewart Elgie.
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'We would have been far better prepared, we would have had far more robust tools at our disposal, had we not put GPHIN to sleep,' said former federal health minister Ujjal Dosanjh.
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Some Parliamentarians returned to the House on Sept. 23 for its first sitting following the prorogation of Parliament on Aug. 18.
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A former national security adviser to the prime minister says 'if this country wants the national security agencies to worry about a pandemic, then they need to raise it on the list of priorities set by cabinet.'
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Patterns of interference, intimidation, and harassment of individual Canadians by the Chinese Communist Party ‘demand a response’ from Canadian government, says veteran journalist Jonathan Manthorpe in his 2019 book.
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Bitter partisanship in U.S. could undermine intelligence sharing within the Five Eyes and Ottawa needs to rethink its security and intelligence apparatus this century as the Arctic melts.
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With no 'institutionalized' emergency response group, the capacity for ministers to tackle pandemics is 'woefully lacking,' says Mel Cappe.
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'In the pandemic, during the lockdowns, people are using alone a lot more, which is partly why we’ve seen a big spike in overdose deaths,' says Green Party MP Paul Manly, who also pointed to increases in tainted drugs.
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'Canadian voters will need some time to get to know him and feel comfortable with him, not only as the leader of the opposition, but as the leader of an alternative government,' says strategist Geoff Norquay.
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The Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment, and the Department of National Defence have conducted campaigns to 'demystify the self-identificat
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The historic Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, located above the Rideau Canal locks and just south of the Ottawa River, closed its doors temporarily for the first time in its history since 1912 at noon on March 21.
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Federal departments and agencies are taking numerous precautions and adapting worksites to meet physical distancing requirements, according to the Treasury Board.
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The Liberal MP was first elected in the 2015 federal election, taking just over 25,800 votes and 47 per cent of the tally in the Quebec riding of Laval-Les Îles.
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'I’m sure with the will of the Lebanese and their friends from all over the world, Beirut will shine again,' says Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury.
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'Building diverse and inclusive workforces is essential to the effectiveness of the security and intelligence community,' according to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians' annual report.
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'At the end of the day, we need more representation by a diverse group of people in positions of power, in decision-making positions,' says Mr. Harewood.
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Former Nova Scotia Senator Donald Oliver says the government should revisit the Employment Equity Act and take people of African descent, or Black people, out of the category called ‘visible minority.'
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Former Liberal foreign affairs minister and deputy prime minister John Manley says the U.S. election campaign 'is going to be a very touchy thing for Canadian politicians to handle.'
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National president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Chris Aylward says the timing 'couldn’t be worse' for this government to start looking at cuts to public service jobs.
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Just over $48.5-million was added to the Privy Council Office’s budget for 'communications and marketing (COVID-19)' in the most recent round of supplementary estimates, which were passed by Parliament on June 17.

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