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Senate leaders point fingers as deal to oversee government COVID-19 spending falls apart

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.
At least 35 organizations are either lobbying federal officials about their needs or looking to assist the government in its response to the escalating coronavirus crisis.
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.
News|By Neil Moss
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress on March 17 that the new NAFTA will go into effect on June 1.
Opinion|Phil Gurski
It is up to decision makers, policy wonks, and, yes, in the case of the U.S., the president, to take action.
Urgent action remains needed to ensure an adequate supply of protective equipment that our front-line workers need to protect them from infection.
Fundraising prowess, which typically requires networks of wealthy contacts or ties to powerful interest groups, is a poor basis for assessing leadership candidates’ viability or commitment, writes Samara's Paul Thomas.
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'The level of correspondence has been hard to describe,' says rookie Green MP Jenica Atwin. 'People are really worried. They're really stressed out.'
News|By Tessie Sanci
Federal officers such as Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Howard Njoo, and provincial chief doctors, are involved in daily live press conferences to update Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plus, Ottawa officially names acting U.S. ambassador Kirsten Hillman to the post.
News|By Palak Mangat
'We do not think it would be appropriate, given the very cordial relationship that our two countries have, and the military alliance that exists between our two countries,' says Deputy Prime Minister Freeland.
News|By Abbas Rana
A senior spokesman for the Conservative Party flatly denied that the national council has any plans to disband the committee and take over the leadership election process.
Plus, the government has agreed to hold weekly electronic meetings with the opposition to review its response to COVID-19.
Neil Brodie, former ministerial staffer, suggests the situation may eventually breathe new life into efforts by some parties to revisit the per-vote subsidy.
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says funds earmarked for Indigenous communities will flow directly to them to allow for 'maximum flexibility to help adapt responses to address local needs.'
News|By Beatrice Paez
'Given the scope and scale of this crisis, it’s incumbent on the government to provide them with supplementary budgeting to adequately provide the support they’re looking for,' says NDP MP Matthew Green.
Senators took about two hours to consider the bill, half of which was spent questioning Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
The government has already announced funding for artificial intelligence researchers and developers to help fight COVID-19. Experts say the technology could do more, if done right.
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.
It’s not a matter of ‘if, but when' COVID-19 will reach Canada's prisons, says Sen. Kim Pate, who, like NDP MP Jack Harris, sees it as a matter of ‘life and death,’ and is demanding ‘immediate’ action.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
How all this will play out as this current crisis unfolds is, of course, unknowable. But what is clear is that one day some months from now, we will wake up to a world marked by huge changes.
Opinion|By Jim Hinton
Intellectual property is clearly important to world-leading technology champions, so why hasn’t IP been important enough to Canadians?
News|By Mike Lapointe
‘People are unsure, people are scared, this is a whole new time, so we have to have some clear messaging from our government letting our people know of what they need to do,’ said CUPW national president Jan Simpson.
Opinion|By Sarah Ganter
The driver behind 5G is not to enable super-fast downloads of movies, so consumers can have a better experience. This is about enhancing industrial productivity and automation of services.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump has called himself a wartime president. The question is: whose side is he on?
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
One has to hope that our international leaders will quickly realize that you cannot close the borders to a virus that is already expanded to all corners of the world.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
What was their secret? I think it was their optimism, their sense of humour, and their willingness to sacrifice—attributes some of us today seem to lack.

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