Gov’t Confidence & the University of Ottawa Controversy – October 22, 2020
Scrums, news conferences, committees, conferences – highlights from the working day in Canadian politics:
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole discusses his party’s opposition day motion, which calls on the House of Commons to instruct the Standing Committee on Health to undertake a study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is joined by deputy leader Candice Bergen and health critic Michelle Rempel Garner. Rempel Garner’s motion also calls on the government to release documents related to the pandemic.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks with reporters on Parliament about the Conservative motion which calls on the House of Commons health committee to undertake a wide-ranging study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu speaks with reporters about the Conservative motion. The health minister is also asked about a joint pilot project between the federal and Alberta governments to offer COVID-19 tests at airports and border crossings.
Yves-François Blanchet, the leader of the Bloc Québécois, discusses the University of Ottawa’s handling of an incident in which an instructor used an anti-Black slur in a class. The incident and the university’s response have led to debates about the limiting of academic freedom in light of the need to address racism.
NDP MP Matthew Green responds to questions about the N-word controversy at the University of Ottawa.