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Pandemic election bill far from the finish line, as talk of spring vote continues

PM Trudeau says he doesn’t want an election. ‘Prove it,’ says ex-chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley. 
•'Declaring an emergency under the Emergencies Act is unlikely to actually be a helpful route forward at this point,' says pandemic expert Steven Hoffman.
Getting non-Indigenous Canadians to view inequality as more than a First Nations issue is the key to effecting change, says Perry Bellegarde. 
‘It’s a major plank in our platform, and it’s a plan that I can tell that the Liberal caucus is very proud of,’ says Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia, the House Environment Committee chair.
Anthony Primerano will serve on what the government calls an independent, non-partisan advisory board on Senate appointments. He worked as a chief of staff for former Liberal Veterans Affairs Minister Albina Guarnieri.
The motion to expel Sen. Lynn Beyak from the Red Chamber has supporters in multiple Senate groups, but Sen. Pamela Wallin says they 'cannot simply banish people ... with whom we may fundamentally disagree.'
Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan is committed to a mandate that includes support for workers, says his spokesperson.
‘We’re bringing people through with no funding, and it’s killing us,’ says Manuela Joannou, an ER doc and the founder of a treatment program for veterans and first responders.
The government is expecting to earn almost $60-billion less this year than it did last, as it continues to spend billions in borrowed money to keep the economy afloat.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced on Nov. 30 that his government was again deferring the Firearms Marking Regulations, likely until after the next election.
The newly promised federal cash for long-term care won’t solve the problem, says the finance adviser-turned-Queen’s University professor.
‘The biggest risk is that we’re going to backload the policies and the efforts that we’re going to need,’ says Michael Bernstein.
The bill leaves unanswered questions, including why the government wants consumer data, and how much businesses will be able to do with that data without consumers' permission, says John Lawford.
'I can’t think of an election where your advanced polls [are] going to be so integral to your ultimate result as the next one,' said John Delacourt.
The Grits promised to make their climate targets 'legally binding,' but public embarrassment will likely remain the biggest threat to a government that ditches the plan, say green policy advocates.
The government actually spent less on debt charges this summer than last, thanks to low interest rates and a rush from the Bank of Canada and other investors to gobble up government bonds.
An uncertain election result in the United States following four years of an unpredictable Donald Trump presidency have Canadian business groups hoping for a quick resolution.
Liberal and Conservative voters, and those who live in provinces that host nuclear power plants were more likely than others to approve of nuclear power, according to a pair of polls taken last fall.
Striking a special or joint committee to study the MAID law makes more sense than sending it to a standing committee, say NDP and Liberal MPs.
The government has asked Parliament to approve $21-billion in new spending through the latest supplementary estimates. It says $15-billion of the total is to fight the pandemic.
RCMP headquarters began tracking the use of the 'carotid control hold' by its officers nationwide in September. It has been used once since then, says a spokesperson.
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.
Senators on the Internal Economy Committee have little to say about approving a deal to bind Don Meredith's harassment victims to silence in order to receive compensation for their treatment.
The Throne Speech included a long list of promises. Most were old, some were new. At least 20 will likely require the approval of the opposition-majority House of Commons.
Talk of pharmacare, childcare and clean energy is nothing new, but a re-surging pandemic could sideline everything else.
'I think it’s going to help some of the Conservative candidates in some of those swing ridings,' says Ontario Tory MP Alex Ruff of the Liberal ban on 'assault weapons.'
‘Some people are going to win from a Canada-first policy. Most people are going to lose,’ says Queen’s professor Ian Keay.
Later this afternoon, three economists will deliver exclusive advice to Canada's Parliamentarians and top government officials on the pandemic recovery, through a panel discussion organized by Senator Rosa Galvez.
‘When he kicked off his campaign, he was picking a fight with me. The reality is, I accept,’ says Unifor president Jerry Dias.
'When you have a government that is damaged by scandals, such as the Trudeau government right now, there is an opportunity to leverage your support for priorities in your agenda, says Karl Bélanger.
'They’re going to have to find a way to message to the public that, for heaven's sake, lessons [were] learned by some of our senior ministers,' Liberal MP Wayne Easter says of the WE controversy.
Sexual harassment is ‘more widespread’ in the Senate than the Don Meredith case, says one of his former staffers.

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