John Paul Tasker

Parliamentary Bureau

J.P. Tasker is a senior writer in the CBC's parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. He can be reached at

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Canada investigating 'a couple dozen' suspected monkeypox cases: Tam

Canada's chief public health officer said Friday provincial health authorities are investigating "a couple dozen" people who may be infected with monkeypox — and most of the specimens under review are from Quebec, where two cases were already confirmed this week.

AFN national chief calls for Queen to apologize for past wrongs

The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said late Wednesday the Queen must apologize for the Crown's "failure to fulfil its treaty agreements" with Indigenous peoples, and suggested there should be some "restitution" for harms perpetrated by the Canadian government in her name.

Prince Charles praises 'remarkable' Canada during his tour of Ottawa with wife Camilla

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall toured Ottawa on this second day of their royal visit to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee — a city he recently called "the much-storied capital at the heart of a great nation."

Monarchists criticize Canada's 'lacklustre' and 'embarrassing' Platinum Jubilee plans

Monarchists in Canada say they're disappointed with what they call the federal government's "lacklustre" plans to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, an event that honours the sovereign's remarkable seven-decade reign.

Charest, Poilievre spar over convoy, Huawei in raucous Conservative leadership debate

The two front-runners in the race for the Conservative Party's top job traded blows over their records in the first leadership debate of the campaign Thursday.

Rejected Conservative leadership candidate demands to know why the party dumped him

Toronto lawyer Joel Etienne is demanding that the Conservative Party reconsider its decision to drop him from the leadership race. He claims party stalwarts are "actively disenfranchising" Black and Jewish voters by leaving him off the final ballot.

Canadian Conservatives reluctant to comment on report that U.S. Supreme Court will overturn abortion law

Conservative MPs and candidates for the party's leadership were reluctant to talk Tuesday about a leaked report that suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn decades-old jurisprudence on abortion.

Anti-abortion activists claim corruption after Tories bar social conservative from leadership race

The Conservative Party of Canada today released the list of candidates who will appear on the ballot when party members vote for a new leader in September — and it doesn't include three candidates who say they collected enough money and signatures to qualify.

Pierre Poilievre promises to quash Bank of Canada's foray into digital currency

Conservative leadership contender Pierre Poilievre promised Thursday he'd spike the Bank of Canada's proposal to offer a digital currency, saying this sort of financial instrument should be left to the private sector.

Preston Manning warns Conservative campaigns that personal attacks could 'poison' the party

Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning is urging Conservative leadership contenders to lay off their personal attacks on each other, arguing they risk damaging the party's image with voters.