Politics Insider for Aug 18: There is a new prime minister in town; The evacuation of Kabul from Canada is faltering; plus all electoral successes and failures
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Nova Scotia’s progressive conservatives have come from behind in the polls to secure an unexpected victory, the Canadian press reports. CP and the networks planned a CP government, but it was unclear Tuesday night if they will have a majority. Tim houston, a Red Conservative, vowed to spend more on the province’s health care system, which is widely viewed as a failure for rural Nova Scotians.
The result should be seen as a rejection of Iain Rankin, 38, who replaced Stephen McNeil in February and failed to instill confidence in voters.
The result will also be unsettling for the liberal federal campaign, as breaks a streak of successful pandemic elections for incumbents, and represents a victory for the kind of moderate conservatism that is not so different from that offered by Erin O’Toole.
Kabul evacuation stalled: Taliban checkpoints are hampering the evacuation of expatriates and Afghan support personnel from Kabul, the Balloon reports. About 800 former Afghan workers and an unknown number of Canadians are hiding in the city.
“The Taliban have taken control of the accesses to the airport, which makes it extremely difficult for people to get to the airport to leave. That is something we continue to work on. ” Justin trudeau he said Tuesday.
Adding to the fear is frustration with the Canadian government bureaucracy and federal bureaucrats who are inundated with requests to rescue hundreds of people after the rapid collapse of the Afghan security forces.
Mohammad Qasim Popal, a Canadian citizen who went to Kabul on August 3 to visit his ailing mother, has been desperately trying to contact Global Affairs for help boarding a Canadian or Western military flight. “They said they couldn’t do anything for me,” he told the Balloon. “I even asked to contact one of the superiors and they told me I was too busy.”
CTV Calgary has a story on how the collapse of the Afghan government is hitting former Canadian soldiers and the family of the first Canadian journalist killed in the war. “I am very depressed by the news, disgusted by how Afghanistan has been abandoned,” he said. Arthur Lang. “My wife Sandra and I are heartbroken for our daughter and all the others who were killed, wounded, maimed and damaged. All this has been in vain ”. Lang is the guy from Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang, who was killed along with four soldiers in 2009 by an improvised explosive device.
Your correspondent, who was in Kabul in 2013, has a column in Maclean’s on Canada’s failure in Afghanistan. The lesson? Don’t accept this kind of mission.
Consequences? On the campaign trail in Markham, Ontario, Trudeau said Tuesday that unvaccinated federal civil servants will face repercussions, CBC reports. Trudeau, who seems to want to pressure conservatives on the issue, rejected conservatives’ claims that their policy is the same as theirs: “We are unequivocal that public officials must be vaccinated. If someone doesn’t have a legitimate medical reason not to get fully vaccinated, or chooses not to get vaccinated, there will be consequences. ” He did not say what kind of punishment is possible., and a thrown public service letter seems to give credence to the conservatives’ claims.
The Secretary of the Treasury Board … posted a letter online recently saying that bureaucrats who refuse to get vaccinated can instead undergo rapid tests before starting a shift. O’Toole, who is staunchly opposed to mandatory vaccination, has proposed a similar policy, saying that all Canadians should be able to choose whether to get vaccinated. O’Toole said that instead of requiring public officials and commuters to receive the vaccine, a government led by him would require them to pass a rapid test before going to work or, in the case of commuters, boarding a bus. , train or plane. or send. The Treasury Board removed the message from its website Monday night after conservatives held it as evidence that Trudeau’s hard line on vaccines was pure demonstration, and accused him of trying to mislead Canadians on how the mandate of the vaccine would be enforced.
After an event in Aurora, Trudeau was interrupted and crowded by a small number of protesters against masks and vaccines, who are loud and angry, CTV. reports. There is video From the ugly scene, from CTV’s Rachel Aiello. Trudeau responded to the protesters by shouting, “Please get vaccinated.”
Reckless attack: At Star, Chantal Hebert has a column looking at O’Toole’s platform. She doesn’t think it’s wise to propose ending the Liberals’ childcare plan, which prime ministers seem to want.
But by choosing to fight liberals in his childcare plan, O’Toole, like Scheer on carbon pricing, is offside with a policy that is not only popular with voters, but also has the support of the other major parties. It is a battlefield where he cannot count on the majority of prime ministers to back him. More than half of the provinces have already signed child care financing agreements with Liberals.
In Maclean’s, Andrew MacDougall believes Trudeau is struggling to get out of the door and O’Toole has achieved a winner with housing policy on his platform.
Meanwhile, at Camp Conservative, Erin O’Toole and his team have done something very unusual (for the Conservatives): launch at full speed by unleashing the entirety of their rig. Even better, it has a genuinely interesting policy on key issues like housing and innovation, two files that will have to see progress if Canada is to grow at a rate that helps it burn the debts accumulated by the Trudeau government’s pandemic response. Housing in particular has almost never featured in recent federal campaigns, but O’Toole has pointed to an issue that is causing genuine distress to a huge (and growing) segment of the population.
Wonkaed: Josh K. Elliott from Global News deserves a free coffee for his hilarious clue on this story on Twitter pulling a CPC attack ad after the studio behind Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory complained that a scene from the film was used without permission.
Facing a charge: Major-Gen. Dany fortin, who became familiar with the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine, faces a charge of sexual assault, the Citizen reports. An arrest warrant has been issued for an alleged incident in 1988. He will report to Gatineau Police Station this morning.
Check the Bulldog: Take a look at the Bulldog, Maclean’s Live blog, with an all-star cast, updated throughout the day. Today there are articles on Santa O’Toole, the liberals’ vaccination passport application, and O’Toole’s silence on race.
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