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Kenney says he 'hopes' Trudeau asked Biden for compensation for cancelling Keystone XL

"At the very least I think the Biden administration could show respect for his country's closest friend and ally": Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he hopes that Trudeau asked Biden for compensation for TC Energy and Alberta over his decision to cancel Keystone XL.
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Vaccinations for Ontario seniors aged 80+ to start third week of March, says province

February 24, 2021 - Head of Ontario's vaccine task force on why the province appears to be behind schedule. Ontario MPPs will also discuss this topic. Plus, Quebec Parliamentary Assistant Christopher Skeete on the province's decision to appoint a minister to lead the fight against racism.
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Co-chair of panel looking at WHO pandemic preparedness says organization needs more 'teeth'

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark says the World Health Organization needs greater authority to address future pandemics. Clark told Power & Politics that the initial findings of her group showed that most countries were too slow to address the pandemic.
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This U.S. congressman wants the Canada-U.S. border open by July 4

Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins told Power & Politics that, with vaccines on the horizon, he'd like to see U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau work toward opening the U.S.-Canada border by the Fourth of July.
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Former U.S. ambassador says U.S.-Canada relations are 'in good hands'

Bruce Heyman, former U.S. ambassador to Canada, told Power & Politics that one of the highlights of today's bilateral meeting is President Biden's comments on securing the release of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.
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Trudeau, Biden talk pandemic recovery, climate change in first bilateral meeting

February 23, 2021 - Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman reacts to remarks by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden after their first bilateral meeting. Plus, U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins on why he thinks the Canada-U.S. border should be reopened.
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Government has 'moral obligation' to examine ties with China, says Liberal MP

Quebec Liberal MP Sameer Zuberi tells Vassy Kapelos on Power & Politics that the government has a 'moral obligation' to examine Canada's relationship with China through the lens of genocide.
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Former U.S. ambassador expects Trudeau-Biden meeting to be 'substantive'

U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are expected to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, trade and climate change during their first bilateral meeting.
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MPs discuss what's next now that the House has declared China is committing a genocide

MPs- Rob Oliphant, Michael Chong and Jack Harris joined Power & Politics Monday to discuss the House vote to declare that China is committing a genocide and what must happen next.
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MPs vote to label China's persecution of Uighurs a genocide

February 22, 2021 - Three MPs on the vote to label China's treatment Uighurs as genocide. Former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer on what to expect from Tuesday's meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden.
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'I plan to support that motion': Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith tells Power & Politics Friday that he intends on supporting the Conservative motion calling on Parliament to declare that China is committing a genocide against its Muslim minority populations.
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New modelling warns COVID-19 variants will drive resurgence without stronger restrictions

February 19, 2021 - Immunity Task Force Co-Chair Dr. David Naylor on how officials should respond to new federal modelling. The Power Panel also weighs in on this topic. Plus, Procurement Minister Anita Anand on her meeting with business leaders, and the latest on vaccine procurement.
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When will pandemic benefits wind down?

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough tells Power & Politics that the government will be watching for labour market indicators to know when it's time to wind the benefits programs down.
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Anand says she expects 'extreme steep incline' in vaccine supply

In an interview with Power & Politics, Procurement and Public Services Minister Anita Anand said she expects a massive ramping-up of vaccine deliveries in Canada in the coming days.
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Canadian consul general in Texas says recovery will take days

Rachel McCormick says that, so far, the Canadian consulate in Texas has received one distress call from a Canadian after a rare winter storm hammered the state.
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MPs debate the Tory motion calling on Parliament to declare genocide in China

MPs - Rob Oliphant, Michael Chong and Jack Harris joined Power & Politics Thursday to debate the Conservative motion calling on Parliament to declare that China is committing a genocide against its Muslim minority population.
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Will the federal government allow provinces, municipalities to decriminalize simple drug possession?

B.C. and Vancouver have asked the federal government to allow them to decriminalize simple drug possession within their jurisdictions. Justice Minister David Lametti tells Vassy Kapelos on Power & Politics that those talks are still ongoing.
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U.K. won't take vaccines from COVAX facility says high commissioner

U.K. High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque tells Vassy Kapelos on Power & Politics that her country won't access its share of vaccine doses from the COVAX facility.
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GTA mayor says localized handgun bans won't be as effective as a national one

John Taylor, mayor of Newmarket, On., tells Vassy Kapelos on Power & Politics that he would prefer a national handgun ban.
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NDP calls for military help to vaccinate Canadians

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tells Vassy Kapelos on Power & Politics that the federal government should take a more active role in the vaccination campaign.
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Erin O'Toole wants 2022 Olympics relocated

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Rob Oliphant and Opposition Foreign Affairs Critic Michael Chong discuss suggestions that the 2022 Beijing games should be relocated.
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'We're not putting a patchwork in place': Bill Blair

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair rejects the criticism that the federal government is downloading a politically sensitive issue onto municipalities and provinces in its move to allow municipalities to ban handguns.
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Declaration against arbitrary detention is 'country-agnostic,' says foreign minister

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says a new international declaration is focused on denouncing the practice of arbitrary detention of foreign nationals, not specific countries.
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Ontario aims to start vaccinating adults aged 80 and older in March

The head of Ontario’s vaccine distribution task force, retired general Rick Hillier, says he hopes to start vaccinating people over the age of 80 at the beginning of March.
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Anand promises 'significant' ramp up in vaccine distribution

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand says vaccine distribution will start to pick up in the coming days.
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Manitoba Premier strikes deal to purchase Canadia-made COVID vaccines

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his government has signed a deal with a Toronto based vaccine manufacturer. He also defended Manitoba's lack of rapid testing use after Power & Politics discovered only a fraction of rapid tests delivered to provinces across the country are being used.
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Pallister defends Manitoba's lack of rapid testing use

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister defended his province's lack of rapid testing use after Power & Politics discovered only a fraction of rapid tests delivered to provinces across the country are being used.
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Analysis: State of rapid testing in Canada

Dr. David Naylor, Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, and Dr. Irfan Dhalla, Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel, weigh in on new data that reveals just how little rapid testing is being utilized by the provinces right now.

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