John Paul Tasker

Senior reporter

J.P. Tasker is a journalist in CBC's parliamentary bureau who reports for digital, radio and television. He is also a regular panellist on CBC News Network's Power & Politics. He covers the Conservative Party, Canada-U.S. relations, Crown-Indigenous affairs, climate change, health policy and the Senate. You can send story ideas and tips to J.P. at

Latest from John Paul Tasker

Poilievre still won't say if he'll scrap government's capital gains tax hike

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre was noncommittal Thursday when asked what a government led by him would do with Ottawa's proposed changes to the capital gains tax.

Feds blame Ontario as some daycare centres pull out of national child care program

Families Minister Jenna Sudds said Monday some Ontario daycare centres have pulled out of the federal government's national early learning and child care program because the province hasn't stepped up with enough cash.

Former journalist drops out of Conservative nomination race, claims the process has been 'corrupted'

A former National Post journalist is bowing out of the race to carry the Conservative Party banner in a Toronto-area riding because she says she has "clear evidence of a corrupted process."

Hours on hold and endless queues: Canadians still grappling with poor passport service

Canadians routinely wait hours on the phone and in person when dealing with Passport Canada, and it's left some people fed up with the quality of customer service.

A timeline of Canada-India tensions — from 2018 to the latest arrests

Relations between Canada and India have been under pressure for years, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have quarreled over Sikh separatist elements in this country.

'We are getting closer' to cutting interest rates, Bank of Canada governor tells MPs

The Bank of Canada is getting closer to cutting interest rates as inflation shows signs of coming down and staying down, the central bank's governor, Tiff Macklem, told MPs Thursday.

Poilievre subdued in question period the day after getting kicked out for 'wacko' comment

Wednesday's question period was notably more subdued a day after the House of Commons erupted in a nasty war of words between Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre and the prime minister that ultimately resulted in Poilievre's removal.

Speaker kicks Poilievre out of the Commons after he calls PM a 'wacko' in tense question period exchange

Speaker Greg Fergus kicked Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre out of question period Tuesday after a particularly nasty exchange with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Worried about foreign workers, Conservatives demand details of $15B Honda EV deal

Conservative MPs are pushing Ottawa to release details of its agreement with Honda Canada to build a sprawling electric vehicle operation in southern Ontario — disclosure they say is necessary to ensure Canadians get all the jobs in the multi-billion-dollar project.

Poilievre won't commit to keeping new social programs like pharmacare

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre delivered a fiery speech Thursday that depicted the government's latest budget as a threat to the country's future while suggesting a number of new social programs will get a second look if he's elected.