Hannah Thibedeau

Parliament Hill

Hannah Thibedeau is a veteran political reporter having covered the Hill for more than 15 years, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. She covers politics for CBC TV, CBC Radio and CBC Politics online.

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Federal government lists COVID-19 testing services abroad after new rule strands many travellers

Transport Canada is offering more details this week about where travellers can get a COVID-19 test abroad — and what happens if they're caught using a fake one — after a new testing rule for passengers flying to Canada caused widespread confusion and anxiety.

Experts warn of pandemic's deepening impact on mental health as caseloads rise

As at least one provincial leader weighs the tough question of whether to order more lockdowns over the holidays to cope with a swelling second wave of the pandemic, one business organization is warning that the stress could be pushing many business owners beyond the brink.

Can employers make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory? The law isn't clear

As Canadians await the arrival of the first batch of vaccine doses, employers and provincial leaders are grappling with the question of whether to make the shots mandatory to ensure a smooth return to normal life.

Premiers put focus on health care funding in meeting with PM

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the premiers today, competing priorities could undermine a national approach to fighting the pandemic.

Second World War vet turns 100 with a socially distanced party — and a parade

For the first time in decades — and thanks to the global pandemic — war veteran Robert Spencer won't be able to attend the national Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa. So his friends and family gave him the next best thing — his own parade.

As Conservative leadership vote nears, party looks for candidate with vision to beat Trudeau

Today is the last day to vote in the Conservative leadership race and pollsters say the party needs a leader who can articulate a clear vision for the country, appealing to a diverse cross section of voters ahead of the next general election. 

Strategists warn of damage to Conservative Party brand as O'Toole-MacKay war intensifies

The war of words between Conservative leadership candidates Peter MacKay and Erin O'Toole over a claim that MacKay's team stole confidential campaign data continues to heat up — and some experienced party strategists are warning that the public brawl threatens the Conservative brand itself.

RCMP 'examining' claim MacKay team stole data from O'Toole campaign as Toronto police confirm 'mischief' probe

The RCMP says it is examining a claim that the campaign team for Conservative leadership candidate Peter MacKay stole confidential data from rival candidate Erin O'Toole.

Conservative Party plans a physically distant set of debates for mid-June

Debates between the candidates running to lead the Conservative Party of Canada will be held in Toronto later this month, the party announced today — the French debate on June 17 and the English debate on June 18.

Devastated by the pandemic, Canada's hotels make plans to reopen

Canadian hotels are tightening up their cleaning protocols and hoping to welcome some pandemic-fatigued travellers desperate to get out of the house for a few days this summer.

Longer lines, virtual rallies and 17 million pencils: doing politics in a pandemic

Shaking hands and kissing babies are no longer options. Neither are traditional rallies or meet-and-greets. For as long as politics has been a thing, campaigning politicians have tried to put themselves over with the public by getting up close and personal on the campaign trail. Now, they can't get closer than two metres to a voter.

Deadline to become voting member for Conservative leadership race lands Friday

The vote to choose Andrew Scheer's replacement as leader of the Conservative Party is still months away. But a key milestone arrives Friday — the deadline to become a member eligible to cast a ballot.

Trudeau, premiers to talk coronavirus and blockades at first ministers' gathering

The COVID-19 outbreak and the fallout from the recent rail blockades will lead the agenda when provincial premiers sit down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week in Ottawa.

Décarie 'surprised' by rejection of Conservative leadership bid

Social conservative Richard Décarie says he has no idea why the Conservative Party barred him from running for the party's leadership — but points out that party officials asked him questions about his statements on hot-button social issues during the interview phase of his application.

MacKay, O'Toole, Gladu all vow to force an election if they win the Conservative leadership

Conservative leadership candidates Peter MacKay, Erin O'Toole and Marilyn Gladu all say that if they're chosen to lead the party, they'll try to topple the Liberal government as early as possible.