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Politics Week: Clock Ticks On NDP's March 1 Healthcare Cash Deadline

  • Federal auditor says civil servants broke basic contracting controls for a Covid travel app, with costs ballooning by multiples to over CAD50m. Opposition blast it as government waste.
  • PM Justin Trudeau shifts to more actively calling for Israel to show restraint in Gaza.
  • Trudeau says of Trump’s comment that he may not back NATO members attacked by Russia who don’t meet defense spending target of 2% of GDP: Americans have a big choice in the election, and Canada and the US have vital defense ties in and outside NATO.
  • Little sign yet that Liberals will meet NDP's March 1 deadline for new public health spending and avoid collapse of a "supply and confidence" agreement ahead of spring budget.
  • Polling aggregator 338Canada shows Conservatives led by Pierre Poilievre are likely to win a majority government if an election were held now. Election is due in 2025 under a traditional four-year mandate.
  • Home builder lobby group says govt has started a good plan to boost housing supply but more needs to be done; affordability is a top voter complaint.
  • Sample headlines: Liberals face political oblivion with Trudeau at the helm (Globe and Mail); Is it time for the Liberals and NDP to break up? (Toronto Star); It's hard not to think that the Liberals have given up (Toronto Star).
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