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Canada should re-examine U.S. relations, ‘pursue its own future’ in face of Trump’s pandemic response, say foreign policy and trade experts

‘America is putting itself first, which is natural. Why shouldn’t we behave in the same way?’ says Carleton U’s David Carment. 
The law could give Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains more time to give notice of a national security review to a foreign company trying to take over a Canadian business.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is looking for a company that can store and ship the government’s big orders of personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘If you have options, you become more independent,’ says Sen. Dalphond, the second Senator this month to quit the ISG and join the PSG.
Peter MacKay’s new upbeat ad, meanwhile, has racked up more than 300,000 views.
New federal cash for transit projects could free up money for operating expenses, says CEO of Vancouver’s public transit authority Kevin Desmond.
Gaining official status in the Senate 'will allow us to have a member on all of the committees, and that’s really important,' says PSG leader Jane Cordy.
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Two years into the ‘gun and gang’ initiative, however, the CBSA has not yet been able to seize significantly more guns than before.
The Senate’s Finance and Social Affairs committees are preparing to start their studies of the government’s COVID-19 relief effort.
The Nova Scotia shooter did not have a gun license, and got some of his weapons illegally from the United States, police say. 
'If I were Trudeau I would probably be careful about opening the border with the U.S.' says Professor Melissa Marx of Johns Hopkins University. 'The U.S. doesn’t know who is infected and who is not.'
'Because I was a former MPP, a lot of people in and around the area know that they can call for help on stuff,' says Frances Lankin.
'I don’t think it should be gentle. It should be critical, it should be relevant, it should be useful—it should not be partisan just for the sake of being partisan,' says ISG Senator Chantal Petitclerc.
‘I have no idea if this is going to work, and no one does. We don’t have any previous precedent to look at,’ says global health researcher Steven Hoffman of the border shutdown.
'The ability to carry debt, and keep those carrying costs of debt down low, is a game-changer in terms of how we manage the deficit,' says former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page.
The expected recall of Parliament will give Senators another chance to strike a committee to monitor the government’s crisis response.
‘It is going to blow a hole in the government’s legislative agenda,’ says Liberal MP John McKay.
The Senate’s inability to supervise the government’s unprecedented crisis spending is an ‘institutional failing,’ says the leader of the Upper Chamber's largest group.
The Emergencies Act was carefully crafted and revised in the 1980s so that governments wouldn't have to 'reinvent the wheel' when crisis struck, said the former Liberal whip and army commander.
Senators took about two hours to consider the bill, half of which was spent questioning Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
What was supposed to be a quick, co-operative sitting of the House turned into a negotiating stalemate for hours on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.
While the new Coronavirus spreads across Canada, a supply war between Russia and Saudi Arabia has led to a plunge in the price of oil produced in Alberta.
Senate leaders finally wrapped up negotiations over which committees their members would chair, and how many seats they would receive. 
Two parents, two kids, health (and sanity) on the line.
The striking of Senate committees was held up by negotiations over the annual budgets for each group in the Senate.
Justice Minister David Lametti wants a parliamentary review to answer questions about MAID for minors and mental illness, but it’s not clear who will be in charge.
A permanent expulsion could be in play if Sen. Lynn Beyak does not pass the Ethics Committee’s next test, says ISG Sen. Kim Pate
‘It’s gotten worse as the Senate has diversified,’ says Lillian Dyck.

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