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

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Asked about online harms bill, Poilievre raises Trudeau's past use of blackface

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre said Wednesday his party is vehemently opposed to the government's forthcoming online harms legislation — a bill designed to combat hate speech, terrorist content and some violent material on the internet.

Meet some of the 6 million Canadians who don't have a family doctor

More than six million Canadians report that they do not have regular access to primary care physicians. It's a crisis the experts say has caused untold harm and preventable cases of death and disease — and it's expected to get worse before it gets better.

Feds will stop investing in 'large' road projects, environment minister says

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Monday the federal government will stop investing in new road infrastructure — a comment that immediately drew attacks from the Opposition Conservatives and some premiers who said the climate activist turned politician is out of touch.

Pierre Poilievre asks RCMP to expand investigation of ArriveCan app

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre sent a letter to the RCMP commissioner Tuesday asking the Mounties to investigate the government's COVID-era ArriveCan app, a pandemic program that's been marred by controversy.

Facing a severe physician shortage, feds offer loan forgiveness for some doctors, nurses

In a bid to increase the number of doctors and nurses practising in rural and remote areas, the federal government said Tuesday it would increase forgivable loans for some students.

Bell Media in the political crosshairs as heritage minister calls job cuts 'extremely disappointing'

Bell's decision to lay off thousands of its employees — including hundreds of journalists — has drawn the ire of the federal heritage minister, who said Thursday the telecom giant has broken a long-held promise to deliver quality local news.

Pierre Poilievre says minors should not have access to puberty blockers

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre said Wednesday he does not support trans kids taking puberty blockers — medicines that are used to pause puberty before a possible gender transition or other interventions, like hormone therapy.

Pierre Poilievre defends Alberta Premier Smith on transgender policies

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre defended Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her approach to transgender issues Tuesday, saying the Liberal government and the media have unfairly demonized her for policies that would give parents more say over their kids.

Palestinian Canadians say their families are dying in Gaza while they wait to come to Canada

Many Gazans with family in Canada are still waiting on the outcome of their applications to the special immigration measures program for extended family members of Palestinian Canadians. While they wait, their chances of becoming another casualty of the Israel-Hamas war grow.

Danielle Smith, Liberals trade shots over transgender policies during her trip to Ottawa

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith faced an icy reception in Ottawa Monday as a Liberal cabinet minister from her province called her proposed transgender policies "reckless" and "irresponsible" and left the door open to a court challenge.