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Recent articles by Tonda:

Thousands of Canadians died because COVID-19 delayed surgeries, doctors say

Canada’s doctors say the COVID-19 pandemic took a staggering toll on the health of Canadians, with delayed surgeries and procedures costing thousands ... → Read More

Parliament has returned. Is fashion its new session’s first casualty?

It wouldn’t hurt MPs to start looking — and acting — like it’s a privilege to have a seat in the House of Commons, Tonda MacCharles writes. → Read More

Throne speech a ‘vision statement’ of big priorities that need results delivered ASAP, government official says

A roadmap for the 44th Parliament, Tuesday’s throne speech to be read by Governor General Mary Simon will sound an urgent chord and call on all partie... → Read More

Canada is fighting for a place at the table as the world turns to electric vehicles

“I think we have a once-in-a-lifetime generational opportunity to go towards electrification,” says Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne. → Read More

Three Amigos summit will test just how friendly North American leaders can be with each other

Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau and Andrés Manuel López Obrador share some political traits: centre or left-leaning, free traders (at least in theory), they... → Read More

Why don’t Ottawa and Ontario have a daycare deal yet? ‘I’m not entirely sure,’ federal minister says

Karina Gould, the new federal minister responsible for delivering a “pan-Canadian” $10-a-day daycare program, says she’s baffled by why Ontario and Ot... → Read More

What ever happened to the ‘reset’ of Canada’s China policy? Ottawa isn’t saying

The “two Michaels” are free but it’s clear Canada is not ready to hit the reset button in its relations with China. → Read More

Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen has a massive to-do list, and he couldn’t be happier

After arriving as a Somali refugee, Hussen lived with his brother in a subsidized apartment in Regent Park, the neighbourhood that gave him a zeal for... → Read More

Here’s your cabinet-by-the-numbers cheat sheet

Justin Trudeau has kicked off his third mandate with a new cabinet. → Read More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveils new federal cabinet, promoting Steven Guilbeault and shuffling out Marc Garneau

Opposition parties called on Trudeau to replace veteran government ministers who have allegedly failed to advance Indigenous reconciliation and confro... → Read More

Canada committed to partnership with Novavax despite report of production problems with COVID-19 vaccine

The federal government is “very carefully” following reports in the U.S. about production problems facing vaccine manufacturer Novavax, which is suppo... → Read More

Canada’s vaccine passport for travellers expected ‘within weeks’

A standardized vaccine passport that would pave the way for easier domestic and international travel could be coming in a matter of weeks, with recent... → Read More

China, Canada and the U.S. all insist there was ‘no deal’ to bring the two Michaels home

It was a “highly choreographed” affair, the parallel returns of Meng Wanzhou to China and the long-awaited homecoming of the two Michaels — Michael Ko... → Read More

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were set free for medical reasons, not because Meng Wanzhou was released, China says

The Chinese government denies it released Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in exchange for the release of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, saying the t... → Read More

Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou appearing in court Friday to resolve charges, report says

Reuters reported Friday that Meng is to make a surprise virtual appearance in a New York courtroom. → Read More

The pandemic, climate, racism, affordability: Here are the choices on the big issues this election

No federal party has succeeded in setting the narrative of this campaign. But time is up, and voters need to make a decision about Canada’s direction ... → Read More

Justin Trudeau won’t say if Toronto Liberal candidate will be turfed after dropped sex assault charge revealed

The NDP and Conservatives are calling on the Liberals to fire Kevin Vuong, the Liberal candidate in Spadina—Fort York who was charged with sexual assa... → Read More

How one debate question sent Justin Trudeau and Erin O’Toole scrambling for votes in Quebec

The election race in Quebec has suddenly taken on new urgency for the Liberals and Conservatives as the Bloc’s campaign got new life after the English... → Read More

Is Erin O'Toole a 'progressive'? Not when it matters, Justin Trudeau says

Erin O’Toole is making an aggressive pitch for centrist voters, but Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says his rival is not a progressive conservative lea... → Read More

Leaders clash over character and credibility in French-language election debate

Pandemic response, health care, climate change, child care and public finances were flashpoints hours after the Conservative party released the cost o... → Read More