#Conservatives; #EmergencyMeeting; #Ottawa; #AndrewScheer'sResignation;
Ottawa, Dec 12 (Canadian-Media): An emergency meeting was called by Conservatives in Ottawa, after Andrew Scheer, Conservative Party leader announced his resignation following weeks of rising criticism of his election performance, media reports said.
"In order to chart the course ahead, this party, this movement, needs someone who can give 100 per cent to the efforts, and after some conversations with my kids, my loved ones, I felt it was time to put my family first," Scheer said.
Scheer told caucus the job was taking a toll on him and his family.
Scheer had been accused of using Conservative Party money to pay for his children’s private schooling without the knowledge or approval of the Conservative fund board, including the chair of the board.
#Ontario; #ThroneSpeech; #EcomicDowunturnofAlberta&Saskatchewan;
Ottawa, Dec 6 (Canadian-Media): During Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's response to Thursday's throne speech in the House of Commons this morning, besides blaming the Liberal government for fomenting a national unity, Scheer said that the speech did not properly address economic anxieties in Alberta and Saskatchewan, media reports said.
"A national unity crisis requires respecting provincial jurisdiction and scrapping the carbon tax and stopping the attack on the Western Canadian economy," Scheer said.
Scheer blamed Liberal policies during the first four-year term who more willing to listen to "foreign-funded activist groups" than energy workers.
"We're going to fight for pipelines, lower taxes and reduced regulations to make Canada the best place in the world to invest, start a business and create jobs."
The downturn in economy has cost the jobs of over 100,000 oilpatch employees, according to the estimates by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Canadian Society of Unconventional Resources (CSUR).
Scheer called on the Liberal government to return to balanced budget, developing a foreign policy which closely aligns Canada with Israel and protecting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.
"After many years of trying and failing by previous governments, we're moving forward with building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion," Trudeau said. "There are shovels in the ground and thousands of people newly hired to make sure we can get our energy resources to new markets responsibly and sustainably."
"In the speech from the throne, we recognized the challenges facing workers in our resource sector with the lower prices on international commodities. There have been some very difficult times for workers, particularly on the Prairies," the prime minister said.
#DougFordMeetingwithOtherPremiers; #Mississauga; #Toronto; #LiberalGovt
Ottawa, Dec 3 (Canadian-Media): A meeting was held Monday between all 13 of Canada’s premiers at Ontario Premier Doug Ford's backyard to craft a policy agenda hoping it will be accepted by the minority Liberal government in Ottawa during the first ministers' meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be held in January, media reports said.
The premiers have been pushing Ottawa to increase Canada Health Transfer, the money the federal government sends to the provinces and territories to help pay for health care from the current health-care spending growth cap of three percent each year by 5.2 percent a year to better address mounting costs in the health sector as well as to subnational governments that are grappling with acute fiscal challenges.
They also looked for more money from Ottawa for increased provincial budgets to provide for sinking oil prices and soaring health-care costs affecting some provinces.
"With a group of premiers — all 13 are showing up — we're going to have disagreements, but I think that's healthy, to be very frank...A lot of people are struggling out West. I mentioned that to the prime minister as well, and he agrees...We want to send the message around the world that we're a united Canada." said Ford.
#JointEffortsOfThreePremiers; #DevelopNuclearReactorTechnology; CanadaEconomyBoost; #SMRs
Ottawa, Dec 1 (Canadian-Media): A joint announcement and signing of memorandum of understanding was done Sunday by Doug Ford, premiere of Ontario, Scott Moe, Saskatchewan premier and Blaine Higgs, premier of New Brunswick, in advance of a meeting of all the premiers, about their commitment for collaboration on developing nuclear reactor technology in Canada. media reports said.
The provincial leaders estimated that this project could boost in Canadian market at $10 billion and the global market at $150 billion.
"It's showing how provinces come together on issues of the future," said Ford.
These premieres would concentrate on the research, development and building of small modular reactors to help these provinces reduce carbon emissions and move away from non-renewable energy sources like coal.
Besides ease of construction, of small modular reactors (SMRs), the premiers said that they offer more safety than large reactors and are regarded as cleaner energy than coal. They can be small enough to fit in a school gym.
In Canada, about a dozen companies are currently in pre-licensing with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, which is reviewing their designs.
"Canadians working together, like we are here today, from coast to coast, can play an even larger role in addressing climate change in Canada and around the world," Moe said.
#Monreal, #Bill21, #Manitoba
Montreal, Nov 29 (Canadian-Media): Some Muslim women in Quebec, affected by the province's ban on religious symbols due to the political issue of Bill 21, were tempted by the offer to move to the Prairie province, a region in Western Canada including Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, media reports said.
The ad campaign launched Thursday with an aim to free Quebecers from the limitations of the province's secularism law, which prohibits public servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols including include the hijab, skullcap and turban.
The arguments of the civil rights group that this law caused an irreparable harm was heard in a Quebec Court of Appeal earlier this week.
"People's lives are being ruined. People are being forced to leave their professions. People are being forced to leave this province," Catherine McKenzie, a lawyer representing the groups, told the court.
Diverse population and plethora of provincial parks in the province of Manitoba were among 2i list of reasons which appealed to the Muslims in Quebec to move to Manitoba.
"I think it's an interesting move from another province: They take something bad happening somewhere else and turn it into a good thing for them," Shahad Salman, a lawyer who runs a public relations firm in Montreal, said the message appealed to her as well.
But she said that a better solution was "Not having Bill 21."
Nour Farhat, a 28-year-old Montrealer who recently completed a master's in criminal law said her dream becoming a Crown prosecutor in Quebec had been thwarted by the Bill 21, is involved in one of the legal challenges.
Nour Farhat. Image Credit: CBC
She was reported to say although the move to Manitoba appealed her, but she said she had no plans to leave.
"Why can't I be this person here, where I was born and raised? Why do I have to go to the other side of the country to realize my dream?" she said. "This is why I won't go to any other province — because I want to be able to do this here in Quebec."
#AndrewScheer; #MontrealMeeting; #RoughGreeting
Quebec, Nov 26 (Canadian-Media): During a meeting in Montreal Monday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was met with rebuffs from failed Quebec Tory candidates some asking him to step aside to allow someone else to lead the party into the next election, media reports said.
Andrew Scheer/Twitter (right)
"Andrew Scheer isn't the man for the job. He lost the moral authority with his candidates, with Quebecers," said Maikel Mikhael, who ran for the party in Rivière-des-Mille-Îles. He spoke to Radio-Canada, CBC's French-language arm, outside the meeting.
"He cannot win the next election in Quebec, I will not get involved in the riding if he stays," said François Desrochers, the party's former candidate in Mirabel.
Although the party looked well-positioned to pick up seats in the province at the outset of the campaign, his two shaky performances in the French-language debates badly damaged his party's fortunes.
While some failed Quebec candidates had a decidedly negative opinion of Scheer's leadership, others said they were prepared to give him a second chance.
Yves Lévesque, the former mayor of Trois-Rivières said Scheer showed signs on Monday that he was ready to learn from past mistakes.
#NDPLeaderJagmeetSingh; #TwoBCMPsAppointed; #HouseLeaderOfCaucus
Victoria (BC), Nov 24 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh while speaking at the B.C. NDP convention in Victoria, British Columbia (B.C.) On Saturday, regarding the appointment of Peter Julian reappointed as the NDP House leader of caucus's behind-the-scenes negotiations to work in the House of Commons, and Rachel Blaney who will take on the role of party whip, media reports said.
Peter Julian as House leader, would be responsible for negotiating with other parties on how work will get done in the House of Commons, including on confidence votes, and this is an added significance in a minority Parliament.
The whip is responsible for caucus discipline and plays a key role in the administrative functions of party MPs in the Commons.
Peter Julian (Left) & Rachel Blaney (right)
For the the Trudeau Liberals to avoid their government being toppled, they would have to work with at least one other party and those negotiations will be brokered between House leaders.
Singh says he wanted steady hands to help lead his party's work in the minority Parliament.
"Peter is among the most experienced and committed caucus members we have, and Rachel has earned the respect of people in and out of our caucus," Singh said.
"I will be relying on both of them in these important leadership roles as New Democrats work to deliver for Canadians in this minority Parliament."
#Canada; #Canada'sNewCabinetMinisters; #ChrystiaFreeland; #Canada'sDeputyPM
Ottawa, Nov 21 (Canadian-Media): Chrystia Freeland is taking on new roles as deputy prime minister and intergovernmental affairs minister with great promises that she will work for Canadians' unity to counter global challenges and deep divisions at home over economic disparity, media reports said.
"I think Canadians appreciate that we face some big challenges at home, notably the challenge around being sure that we can act united as a country, united as a country facing the big threats in the world today, united as a country facing the existential challenge of climate change, united as a country facing the challenge of being sure that Canadians have great jobs and a strong social welfare net," Freeland said.
After Trudeau named a deputy PM for the first time, he said having worked closely in the past with Freeland on files that are vital to the country, his work with Freeland would "touch on national unity...energy and the environment...relations with all provinces in all regions of this country."
Freeland is the tenth deputy PM in Canadian history after Anne McLellan was appointed deputy PM under then-prime minister Paul Martin.
Freeland said having worked closely with Trudeau in drafting a new trilateral trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico to replace NAFTA, it was time to shift her attention on solving challenges at home and work directly with Trudeau and other ministers not only on federal-provincial issues such as energy and environment, but also on health and infrastructure, and continue to oversee Canada-U.S. relations to finalise trilateral trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico.
She has also been given responsibility to solve Alberta and Saskatchewan's issues of federal carbon tax and a lack of progress on building a new pipeline.
#NewMembersOfTrudea'sCabinetAnnounced; #JustinTrudeau; #Canada; #NewCabinetMembers
Ottawa, Nov 20 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the members of Cabinet following the swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa and hoped this team will work to deliver real, positive change for all Canadians, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau/Official photo
“Today, I can introduce the strong, diverse, and experienced team that will work together to tackle the big issues that matter to people from coast to coast to coast. Whether it’s making life more affordable for the middle class, taking action on climate change, or keeping our communities safe we will continue working tirelessly for all Canadians,” said Trudeau.
The members of the Cabinet are:
Pablo Rodriguez, said Trudeau, will be assuming the responsibility of Quebec Lieutenant.
Under the leadership of Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez, the following team will work with all parties to make progress on the priorities that matter most to Canadians:
In keeping with the precedent set in the previous Ministry and 36 ministers of Trudeau's cabinet represent an equal number of women and men.
Ottawa, Nov 15 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had been advised to grant additional powers to Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland by naming her deputy prime minister, media reports said.
Trudeau is expected to unveil his new cabinet next Wednesday announcing to Canadians some big changes.
Trudeau faces several significant challenges in picking his new cabinet, given that the Liberals were shut out of both Alberta and Saskatchewan.
To ensure her removal from Global Affairs is not seen as a demotion, one source says Freeland could also be named deputy prime minister on top of any new role she is given.
Western alienation an issueWestern alienation and frustration is an issue the prime minister's office has identified as one that needs to be addressed. While Freeland represents a posh riding in the heart of Toronto, she was born in Alberta and is the daughter of a canola farmer.
"I represent University-Rosedale, but I am originally a proud Albertan," Freeland said shortly after the Oct. 22 election at the opening of a Ukranian policy convention in Ottawa.
However, sources close to Freeland say she enjoys her role as Foreign Affairs Minister, and that moving her out of the job could come with challenges.
While close to the finish line, the new NAFTA agreement has not yet been ratified — which has been Freeland's priority as Foreign Affairs Minister.
Ottawa is also stuck in a tense standoff with Beijing, as diplomatic tensions between both countries soured over Canada's arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.'A huge amount of complexity'A minority government requires more careful co-ordination in the House of Commons. Michele Cadario, who served in senior roles with former prime minister Paul Martin, told CBC Radio's The House that Trudeau will have to pick a handful of ministries to be the priority for this second mandate.
Cadario and former Chrétien strategist David Zussman agreed gender parity is a must for this government, given the standard set in 2015.
The question of how to represent regions with no elected Liberals is also a complication when naming a cabinet.
Zussman said if a minister can't be named from the region, one way to ensure that perspective is still at the table is to appoint people from Alberta and Saskatchewan to top positions in the Prime Minister's Office and the ministries.
Trudeau could expand cabinet to include more positions, but Zussman noted there is a "huge amount of complexity around restructuring," including high costs.
Both said appointing the right House leader will help ensure the survival of a Liberal government when navigating confidence votes.
"I think you're looking at an individual who can obviously work with the opposition parties and form a trusting relationship," said Zussman.
Cadario said Trudeau will be looking for someone who is a good communicator, fluently bilingual, and experienced in the House of Commons. Cadario also says a person from a riding relatively close to Ottawa may also be key.
"You're spending a lot of time in the House of Commons, there's some practical issues with having someone from British Columbia," she said.
Asked to suggest who might be up for the job, Cadario named several MPs including Steve MacKinnon, Greg Fergus, and David McGuinty.