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Canada’s vaccine effort is not going to be affected by the ouster of the Canadian Forces commander in command of logistics as a result of a navy investigation for alleged sexual misconduct, says a cabinet minister.
The concern got here up Monday at an vitality effectivity information convention attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who made an announcement, however didn’t take questions from the media.
That left journalists urgent Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough for touch upon the exit of Maj.-Gen Dany Fortin, introduced final Friday.
“I can assure Canadians it won’t have any impact in terms of the operational capacity of the [Canadian Armed Forces] to deliver,” mentioned Ms. Qualtrough, noting she has been sitting on the cabinet COVID-19 committee since its launch.
She mentioned the armed forces are specialists in logistics. “When someone steps aside, there’s been people waiting and training in order to move forward and keep the mission going as we’ve heard regularly in our briefings. I have every confidence that Canadians will not feel any impact in terms of vaccine rollout.”
She famous that Canada has had 20 million doses delivered to provinces as of final Friday, and one other 50 million are on the best way earlier than the top of June.
On the timing of asserting a alternative for Maj-Gen. Fortin, the minister mentioned she doesn’t have the title of his successor.
Mr. O’Regan mentioned the federal authorities stays centered on the vaccine rollout. “The Canadian Armed Forces will continue to support the vaccine rollout as well as the government’s response to COVID-19 right across Canada,” he instructed the information convention.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole mentioned Mr. Trudeau wants to offer extra data on what occurs subsequent. “We still don’t know who will be taking over distributing vaccines across Canada,” Mr. O’Toole mentioned in an announcement.
“The government released a statement late Friday announcing that Maj.-Gen. Fortin would no longer be in charge of the vaccine rollout while an investigation was ongoing, but have yet to confirm the nature of the investigation.”
There’s a report here on the response of provinces to the matter.
BLOC’S C-10 OFFER – The Bloc Québécois is offering to work with the Liberals to close down debate on Bill C-10, the federal government’s controversial plan to deliver streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime below Canada’s present broadcasting guidelines, in an effort to move the laws into legislation earlier than the summer season recess.
From the National Post: Months earlier than the Liberal authorities eliminated a bit of Bill C-10 in a controversial modification, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault was told by officials within his own department that it was an “important limitation” on regulatory powers.
LEGAULT APPEALS TO PM – Quebec Premier François Legault has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, touting the deserves of his authorities’s proposal to bolster the province’s language legal guidelines. Legault posted the letter on Facebook Saturday, in a publish addressed to his supporters. From CBC. The premier’s Facebook web page, with the letter is here.
BRAMPTON MAYOR – Patrick Brown, the previous chief of the Ontario Progressive Conservative get together, has discovered new prominence because the mayor of Brampton, the third-largest metropolis within the Greater Toronto Area, and one of many areas of the province hardest hit by the pandemic. “Mr. Brown is widely viewed as politically ambitious, and Conservative insiders say they don’t believe he will stay in municipal politics for long.” Story here.
STEELHEAD TROUT – Newly launched inner paperwork present Ottawa blocked efforts to publicly launch findings that spelled out each the threats and the potential options to challenges going through steelhead trout in British Columbia.
LEWIS RUNS: Avi Lewis, the grandson of federal NDP Leader David Lewis and Ontario NDP Leader Stephen Lewis, has determined to enter elected politics. On Monday, Mr. Lewis, who has labored as a filmmaker and TV host, introduced that he would be working in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country. He is to be acclaimed May. 22. The incumbent MP is Liberal Patrick Weiler, who received the driving with 35 per cent of the vote in 2019. The NDP got here fourth with 14 per cent of the vote.
In an interview with The Globe and Mail shortly after his announcement, Mr. Lewis, a resident of the driving, says he realizes he faces a tricky problem forward. and that he’s not taking something without any consideration. “This is going to be hard riding to win,” he mentioned. “I want to be totally honest about that. I don’t think it’s going to be easy. We’re an underdog campaign, and I am excited to fight from that basis.”
Overview of the driving here.
APOLOGY SCHEDULED: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed a proper apology to Italian Canadians for the internment of group members throughout the Second World War will be delivered within the House of Commons on May 27. Mr. Trudeau’s workplace introduced the date in an announcement issued Friday. “We cannot undo our past failures, but through this apology we hope to help bring closure to those who were harmed, and ensure the lessons we learned are never forgotten,” the Prime Minister mentioned in an announcement. There’s a current story on the apology plan here. Michael Petrou suggests here the hurt finished by the apology may require an apology of its personal
PRIME MINISTER’S DAY
Private conferences. The Prime Minister delivers remarks throughout the closing session of the Global Conference for the Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI+ Youth. Also participates in a digital announcement on vitality effectivity, and chairs the cabinet assembly.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole delivers remarks at a Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce occasion.
Pollster Nik Nanos on Canadians dropping the mental-health battle towards COVID-19. Details here.
Public opinion analysis for Natural Resources Canada reveals many Canadians are giving the federal authorities poor grades on key objectives within the battle towards local weather change.
John Ibbitson (The Globe and Mail) on the political implications of inertia: “Why are conservatives dominant in Britain, competitive in the United States – despite Mr. Trump’s chaotic election loss – and struggling at the federal level in Canada? Part of it is stiff-necked British resistance to assimilation with Europe; part of it is white resentment of non-white immigrants in parts of the U.S.; part of it is Mr. O’Toole’s inability to expand the Conservative Party beyond its Prairie and rural base. But part of it is inertia, a factor that pundits and political analysts tend to ignore, but that may be the most powerful political force of all.”
Gary Mason (The Globe and Mail) on the end of the pandemic political peace accord: “It was rather remarkable: For months, politicians of all stripes were playing on the same team. The lack of partisan attacks produced an eerie silence across the land. Many of us acknowledged that it felt … kind of nice. That peace then begat fantasies of productive policy-making, done out of a sense of solidarity and real leadership and without the petty insults. We knew it couldn’t last. And now, with the return of the vitriol on which our political system seems to thrive, we are reminded of just how pleasantly still those partisan sabres were in those first few months.”
Erna Paris (The Globe and Mail) on the elephant in the room that is the notwithstanding clause: “Where, then, are Canada’s leaders today? Their silence in the face of Judge Blanchard’s decision earlier this month was deafening. Past attempts to pursue constitutional change from outside Quebec have ended badly – think Meech Lake and the Charlottetown accord. No one wants to go there, especially with a possible federal election on the horizon. All the same, for the sake of the country, a possible repeal of the notwithstanding clause should be on the national front burner. If this proves impossible politically, the Quebec Court of Appeal, then the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary, must take up the case.”
Pam Frampton (The Telegram) on the financial challenges facing Newfoundland: “We have been overspending for decades, racking up so much debt that if, as a province, we went to a credit counsellor, they’d be advising us to cut up our credit cards and throw them away. And downsize our living accommodations, as well. In this province (at least in my lifetime), whenever we’ve experienced prosperous times, we let the good times roll, investing in infrastructure, adding jobs, building things, paving anything that stood still — kind of like buying a round for the house at the Duke of Duckworth when you’re flush with your student loan.”
Emmett Macfarlane (Policy Options) on Quebec’s plans to unilaterally amend the Constitution as part of language-reform plans: “Given the context in which the Quebec government is proposing these amendments – as part of a bill that will radically assert the dominance of the French language in a way that is almost inevitably going to result in Charter challenges over infringements of the rights of minority anglophone Quebecers – the purpose of the provisions should be read as an attempt to circumvent or alter judicial interpretation of the Charter itself.”
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