David Cochrane

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David Cochrane is a senior reporter in CBC's Parliamentary bureau. He previously wrote for CBC Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Andrew Scheer spotted without a mask at Toronto's Pearson Airport

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was seen at a departure gate at Toronto’s Pearson Airport Tuesday without a mask on — an apparent contravention of the rules that apply to travellers passing through the terminal.

Trudeau says finance minister will present a fiscal and economic 'snapshot' on July 8

The Trudeau government will finally update the country on the state of government finances on July 8.

A crisis like no other: Canada's finances could take years to recover from the pandemic recession

No one knows for sure how long the pandemic-induced recession will last, or what the economy will look like once it's over. One thing is almost guaranteed, though: governments are going to be running eye-popping deficits for some time to come.

Deficit reduction will have to wait for the economic recovery, federal officials say

As the fallout from COVID-19 adds hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt, senior federal officials say there will be no aggressive attempts at deficit reduction until Canada's economic recovery is well underway.

Tiff Macklem to lead the Bank of Canada

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has appointed Tiff Macklem, the former senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, to take over the top job at the central bank as it navigates the uncertainty of a pandemic-driven recession.

First ministers agree to draft national guidelines on reopening economy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s premiers agreed to work toward a jointly-drafted set of national guidelines on reopening the economy during their weekly conference call this afternoon.

Trudeau confirms some cargo planes sent to China for pandemic supplies returned empty

A cargo jet chartered by the federal government to deliver badly needed personal protective equipment from China was forced to leave the airport in Shanghai without the shipment on board.

Marine Atlantic says it can maintain Newfoundland and Labrador's supply lines if Oceanex bows out

Marine Atlantic says it can fill any gap in critical supply lines to the island of Newfoundland if pandemic-related financial losses force Oceanex Inc. to tie up its ships and stop carrying freight to St. John’s.

Newfoundland faces possible food shortage as pandemic hammers key shipping company

The economic fallout of the pandemic may force a vital carrier of food and medicine to Newfoundland and Labrador to tie up its fleet of ships and stop delivering as much as half of the island’s food supply.

Canada building its own PPE network in China

When Cargojet flight 1392 touched down in Hamilton on Saturday it brought with it millions of badly needed N95 respirator masks to help in the fight against COVID-19.
The COVID Economy

'Unprecedented times' could mean unprecedented options on the table to aid provinces

There is an emerging consensus among academics and economic think-tanks that the federal government and the central bank may need to consider unprecedented options to save provincial balance sheets.

Need for Emergencies Act rejected by premiers on call with PM

The Council of the Federation can be divided on partisan and regional lines, but yesterday Canada's 13 premiers came to a quick consensus on a key message to the federal government: now is not the time for the federal Emergencies Act. 

Hibernia looks to cut spending amid COVID-19 crash in oil markets

There may soon be more bad news for Newfoundland and Labrador’s oil sector — this time at the project that launched the offshore industry more than two decades ago.

Ottawa reports progress in talks with U.S. over medical supplies as 3M strikes deal to send masks to Canada

Canadian officials working behind the scenes to secure a full exemption from the Trump administration for imports of critical medical equipment say they've made some progress as 3M announces that it has struck a deal with the U.S. government to allow the export of N95 respirator masks to Canada.

Dwight Ball says no worries about N.L. making payroll, after grim letter warned of cash crunch

Premier Dwight Ball says Newfoundland and Labrador’s borrowing situation has improved since a March 20 warning that the province had “run out of time” to find money to fund government operations.