Trudeau to speak with opposition leaders on upcoming throne speech

Trudeau is to speak by phone with Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, who is in self-isolation along with most of his 31 MPs after an aide tested positive Monday for COVID-19.
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Divide — and conquer
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