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Old and new priorities compete for space in Liberals’ fall agenda

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Talk of pharmacare, childcare and clean energy is nothing new, but a re-surging pandemic could sideline everything else.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for the fall Liberal cabinet retreat in Ottawa before Parliament resumes on Sept. 14. Mr. Trudeau's cabinet will have to juggle the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority opposition in Parliament, and their own unfulfilled promises as they shape the government's fall agenda. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The governing Liberals will have plenty on their plate when business gets underway in the House of Commons following the Sept. 23 Throne Speech.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com

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