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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MacKay, O'Toole pitch pandemic recovery plans heavy on tax incentives, fiscal prudence

The two leading contenders to replace Andrew Scheer as leader of the Conservative Party have released economic plans they say would jump-start an economy crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conservative Senate leader wants the Red Chamber back in business

Conservative Senate Leader Don Plett wants the Red Chamber to return to semi-normal operations with in-person sittings in Ottawa.

Champagne says Meng ruling demonstrates judicial independence — as China warns of 'grave political incident'

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said today that the B.C. Supreme Court's ruling in the case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou demonstrates the independence of Canada's extradition process.

One of Canada's largest long-term care operators is owned by a federal Crown corporation

One of the largest operators of seniors' residences and long-term care homes in Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP), a federal Crown corporation.

Trudeau defends Liberal Party's use of wage subsidy program

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today defended the Liberal Party's decision to tap the federal wage subsidy program to pay its workers, saying the program is designed to help people working in all sectors of the economy.

Liberal, Conservative and New Democratic parties apply for federal wage subsidy as donations dry up

The country's three largest political parties have joined a growing list of organizations looking for federal support during the pandemic.

Progressive Senate Group back from the dead as another Independent defects

Quebec Sen. Pierre Dalphond is leaving the Independent Senators Group (ISG) behind to become a Progressive, a caucus composed largely of former Liberal senators.

Canadian Medical Association president says 'sick' health care system unprepared for a second pandemic wave

The president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) says the country isn't prepared for a possible second wave of COVID-19 and a shortage of personal protective equipment and poor testing numbers are leaving Canadians vulnerable.

Canada Child Benefit recipients getting an extra $300 per child this month

If you collect the Canada Child Benefit, you'll notice a temporary boost to your bank balance today — the government is sending parents an extra $300 for each child to help offset pandemic-related costs.

Scheer says Canada has been following 'a policy of appeasement' with China

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today the federal Liberal government should take a harder line with China going forward, and accused it of displaying weakness in the face of aggressive moves by Beijing.

Scheer wants in-person Parliament to resume on May 25, demands a fiscal update

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today Parliament should reconvene on May 25 for regular in-person sittings.

Liberal finance chair says government hasn't been clear enough about risks of pandemic benefit fraud

The Liberal chair of the Commons finance committee says the federal government hasn't been clear enough with Canadians about the sanctions they could face for improperly receiving the COVID-19 emergency response benefit — and Ottawa should do more to actively discourage bogus applicants.

Former government point man Peter Harder joins the Progressive Senate Group

Sen. Peter Harder, the former government representative in the upper house, has joined the Progressive Senate Group — a shock move that could have a major impact on how the Red Chamber is organized in the months ahead.

Liberal government 'not thinking about raising taxes' right now, says Morneau

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says his government is not currently thinking about raising the GST or any other taxes but that Canada will have to face tough questions about how to pay for the COVID-19 pandemic response that is costing billions. 

Federal deficit likely to be higher than $252 billion, parliamentary budget officer says

The parliamentary budget officer (PBO) says the federal deficit likely will exceed what he projected at the end of April as the federal government continues to spend billions of dollars on COVID-19 support programs with no clear end in sight.