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Stalled Liberal agenda awaits fall return of Parliament

The time is ripe for the Liberals to strike a deal on pharmacare, says former Liberal adviser John Delacourt.
The law requires that a review of the act start soon—but it’s not clear who, if anyone, is accountable if it doesn’t.
Now is the time to beef up oversight of the RCMP, and there’s already a bill in Parliament that can do it, says national security expert Stephanie Carvin.
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.
Opinion|Phil Gurski
When we have so little to go on it is best to refrain from pronouncing judgment on a violent incident.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
It is still hard to believe that an ultra-nationalist British government that won the Brexit referendum on a wave of anti-foreign rhetoric will really keep these promises.
When all the facts of this atrocity come out, including the belief by Turkish authorities that Khashoggi’s body was dissolved in acid, there won’t be much appetite for kings and princes sitting in judgment of themselves.
Legislation
News|By Palak Mangat
Conservative MP Corey Tochor says the new application is the most expensive way to vote. A House official says the app has been developed using existing staff and budgets.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, John O’Leary has exited as director of strategic communications in the Liberal research bureau and joins Crestview Strategy as a senior consultant this week.
Plus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is convening a virtual cabinet retreat Monday ahead of Wednesday’s first summer hearing where he's likely to face questions on the government’s fiscal plan and yet another ethics inves
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
But the full return of Parliament will also focus more attention on Liberal mistakes, as the opposition parties will do their best to change the channel away from COVID solidarity.
Spending by Employment and Social Development Canada has risen by $74-billion compared to last year.
Opinion|By Mark Wegierski
The Conservatives, under Andrew Scheer, seem to have nothing good to say about anyone, or any international, or domestic body.
News|By Abbas Rana
Canadians currently are primarily paying attention to the federal and provincial governments, and not the opposition parties, because of the economic and health implications of the outbreak, says Frank Graves.
News|By Abbas Rana
‘Unity is the way to go’ should be the marching orders from the new leadership to all Conservative Party members, says Keith Beardsley, former deputy chief to former prime minister Stephen Harper.
Opinion|By Kathleen Finlay
Changes, like a 988 national hotline for crisis intervention, could make all the difference.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
There is no easy way to put this. China is not Canada’s friend. It is a serial human rights abuser in Xinjiang against Uyghur Muslims. It is destroying culture in Tibet and Hong Kong is under pressure.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
If the Canadian flag itself becomes an object of controversy, then the Conservatives have a clear opening to defend it.  
Opinion|By Joe Adam George
Canada should seek to reinforce its diplomatic and economic ties with like-minded democracies such as the U.S., Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, and the U.K. to reduce its dependency on China before it's too late.
Feature|By Palak Mangat
Plus, Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan thanks Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds and American actress Blake Lively.
Opinion|By David Crane
The International Energy Agency, in a new report released on clean energy innovation, it warns that 'without a major acceleration in clean energy innovation, net-zero emissions targets wil not be achievable.'
Meanwhile, despite COVID-19 causing the cancellation of this year's Calgary Stampede, two fireworks shows to mark the occasion are planned and will be streamed online, the first of which takes place tonight.
News|By Palak Mangat
'A lot of the ambivalence towards collection is actually a fear of what the data is going to show, from the institutions that are now being asked to collect that data,' says Akwasi Owusu-Bempah.
'I get we're in a pandemic, and I'm very supportive of using the technology, but until I know that it respects the basic rights and has the highest standards, I can't see that it's going to work,' said MP Charlie Angus.
News|By Palak Mangat
'Our relationship with police has been one of violence, from the colonial nature of everything that has happened in Canada,' says Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in Port Alberni, B.C.
Opinion|By John Nelson McKay
We’ve learned from our chief medical officers how to social distance and properly wear a mask. Now people and organizations can also learn how to build trust in the good, old-fashioned way—by being clear and honest.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
A singular act by the government of Canada in successfully rescuing two Canadians from a political situation that it is party to will not change Canadians’ drive to travel.

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