John Paul Tasker

Parliamentary Bureau

John Paul (J.P.) Tasker is a reporter in the CBC's Parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. He can be reached at

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Biden's planned Keystone XL cancellation welcomed by NDP, Green leaders

The leaders of two federal opposition parties welcomed news today that U.S. president-elect Joe Biden will rescind a presidential permit allowing cross-border construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a decision that would effectively kill the long-delayed project.

2,000 more Canadians could die from COVID-19 in the next 10 days: PHAC

New modelling released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) suggests the number of daily COVID-19 cases could more than triple to 30,000 if people increase their contacts at a time when there's widespread community transmission.

Pfizer to temporarily reduce vaccine deliveries to Canada, minister says

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said today that global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will temporarily reduce shipments of its vaccine to Canada, further complicating the rollout of inoculations.

Canada to receive 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses a week starting in April: general

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander leading Canada's COVID-19 vaccine logistics, said today that manufacturers are expected to deliver up to one million doses a week starting in April.

A shot in the arm: pharmacies say they can speed up Canada's vaccination efforts

Canada’s pharmacists say they can vaccinate up to 2.5 million people a week against COVID-19, but governments across the country have largely kept these health care providers in the dark about what role they might play once more shots are delivered.

Senate caucus leader admits he travelled to Hawaii for holiday

The Leader of the Canadian Senators Group, Sen. Scott Tannas, said he travelled to Hawaii during the holidays, but the group's deputy leader has so far refused to say whether she travelled abroad at a time when the government is strongly recommending against leaving the country due to the risks of COVID-19 transmission.

As Canada falls behind other countries on vaccinations, Trudeau promises to 'scale up' deliveries

With some provinces warning about a looming shortage of vaccines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the government is negotiating with manufacturers to move up deliveries to get more shots into the arms of Canadians sooner.

New federal rule on COVID-19 tests for air passengers in effect

Starting Thursday, all travellers returning to Canada by air from abroad must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a plane destined for our country.

Trudeau says he's 'frustrated' with the pace of vaccine rollout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's troubled by the slow pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and is vowing to raise the lacklustre vaccination numbers with premiers during a conference call later this week.

Trudeau says he's 'not eager' for an election — but he's ready for one

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's not keen to contest a federal election campaign with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, but he's prepared to go to the polls if the opposition parties bring down his government in a vote of non-confidence or if they stymie Liberal relief efforts.