John Paul Tasker

Senior reporter

J.P. Tasker is a journalist in CBC's parliamentary bureau who reports for digital, radio and television. He is also a regular panellist on CBC News Network's Power & Politics. He covers the Conservative Party, Canada-U.S. relations, Crown-Indigenous affairs, climate change, health policy and the Senate. You can send story ideas and tips to J.P. at

Latest from John Paul Tasker

Trudeau defends his economic track record as new data shows GDP contracted last quarter

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government's economic performance Thursday by touting investments in housing and dental care when asked about new data showing the economy actually contracted in the last quarter.

Senators say they have been bullied, harassed by Conservatives over carbon tax exemption bill

Three Independent senators say they were bullied by Conservative Leader Don Plett in the Red Chamber after a member of their group moved to put off debate on a controversial bill that would exempt farmers from certain provisions of Ottawa's carbon tax regime.

Canada's debt charges are ballooning as Freeland tables a gloomy fall economic statement

The cost to service the federal government's sizeable debtload will spike in the years ahead — and those public debt charges will eat up much more of Ottawa's revenue than they have in recent years, according to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's fall economic statement, tabled today.

Federal housing minister floats Airbnb crackdown to boost long-term rental supply

Housing Minister Sean Fraser said Monday the federal government is considering a series of measures to curb the number of Airbnb and other short-term rental units on offer to boost the supply of homes available to rent.

Trudeau speaks to Netanyahu cabinet minister after his comments trigger Israeli backlash

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Benny Gantz — Israel's former defence minister who now serves in the wartime cabinet — hours after his critical comments about the war effort ignited an Israeli backlash.

Trudeau criticized for calling on Israel to 'exercise maximum restraint' in Gaza

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced criticism Wednesday from Jewish leaders after he made comments that were perceived as overly critical of Israel and its efforts to destroy Hamas in Gaza.

Housing minister vows to keep working with cities despite premiers' threats to block him

Federal Housing Minister Sean Fraser said Tuesday he won't stop working directly with municipalities to build more homes faster — even if that upsets premiers who say Ottawa is engaging in jurisdictional creep.

Canada's premiers united in their criticism of federal housing policy, carbon tax changes

Canada's premiers lashed out at the federal government Monday, saying Ottawa is treading on thin ice by signing bilateral housing deals directly with municipalities while leaving provinces out of the mix.

CBC president defends broadcaster's Israel-Hamas coverage in a testy meeting with MPs

Catherine Tait, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, defended the public broadcaster's coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict in a sometimes testy meeting with MPs Thursday.

Poilievre accuses Trudeau of creating 'two classes of citizenship' with home heating oil tax pause

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of creating "two classes" of Canadians by carving out a carbon tax exemption for people who use home heating oil while requiring households using other fuels to pay the levy.