COVID-19 Cancels First Ministers’ Meeting, PM Self-Isolates – March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Cancels First Ministers’ Meeting, PM Self-Isolates – March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Cancels First Ministers’ Meeting, PM Self-Isolates – March 12, 2020

The latest COVID-19 political developments, as the prime minister opts for self-isolation, the first ministers’ meeting is postponed, and questions abound over the Canadian implications of cancelled U.S.-Europe air travel. Peter Van Dusen welcomes infectious disease consultant Dr. Abdu Sharkawy (University Health Network).

Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapirit Kanatami, discusses the cancellation of this week’s meetings, his priorities for the next federal budget, and the COVID-19 threat to Inuit communities.

An all-party committee of parliamentarians is calling on the federal government to push a comprehensive strategy to fight the continued and growing risk or foreign interference. Liberal MP David McGuinty, who chairs the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, joins us to discuss the report.

Political commentators Ashton Arsenault, Richard Mahoney, and Anne McGrath analyze the week in Canadian politics.