Politics Insider September 27, 2021: Michael Kovrig Thanks Canadians; the pressure is on Erin O’Toole; cabinet build time
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Michael Kovrig gave an interview to Global’s Mercedes stephenson Sunday from Toronto, after he and Michael Spavor They were released from detention in China after more than 1,000 days in prison, a joyous development linked to the Liberation from the Huawei executive Meng wanzhou.
“It was really moving and knowing that so many people knew about the situation, cared about the situation, it really helped us get through a very difficult time,” Kovrig said. “I just want to thank you so much to all Canadians for the tremendous support and all the effort so many people have put into helping us get Michael Spavor and me home. “
A hard lesson: At Balloon, Campbell clark analyze the situation and concludes that China was willing to use the arrest of the two Michaels to get what it wanted.
This was a deal struck by the Biden administration, rather than the US prosecutor who indicted Ms. Meng, and clearly the quid pro quo was a return for the two Canadian men detained in the wake of their arrest. Chinese authorities have denied there was any link between the cases since they captured the two Canadian civilians in the weeks following Ms. Meng’s arrest by Canadian authorities in December 2018. It was hard to believe that then. It is impossible to believe that now. They both suffered the kind of Cruel detention for which they can never be compensated., and that, incidentally, he never visited Ms. Meng.
Xi Jinping knows why: At National mail, Terry glavin writes that Canadians have every reason to be “upset, embarrassed, embarrassed, and angry.” Glavin writes that it is difficult to know whether diplomacy had much to do with the release of the Michaels.
What is known is that Meng’s efforts to evade extradition to the US on 13 counts of conspiracy, fraud, wire fraud and other charges related to Huawei’s dealings in Iran had gone nowhere in Judge. Heather holmes‘BC, and a failure was imminent. The case was perhaps weeks away from appearing as a political decision the Trudeau government was expected to do.
China gave in to the pressure: Canadian Ambassador to the US, Kirsten hillman, told CTV that China started the dialogue to free the two Michaels. China gave in to pressure as the judicial negotiation of the Wanzhou case approached resolution. “I think that having felt for more than 1,000 days an incredible pressure from Canada [and] from our allies around the world that we had mobilized regarding the Michaels situation … I think the Chinese government decided that, you know, it was time to put this behind us and move on, “said Hillman.
Hostage exchange: The experts say the Star It is noteworthy that China wanted the exchange to look like a cold war hostage exchange.
“That’s what I take away from this. From the beginning, [the Chinese officials] they were talking from both sides of their mouths, ”said Clive Ansley, consultant and former professor of Chinese history and law. “What they really want to do is leave the message that you know what will happen if you mess with us. “
How they lost: Alex Boutilier and Stephanie levitz I have an enlightening article at Star on how the conservatives lost our recent elections: some of their own candidates and MPs would have refused to accept a more aggressive vaccination policy, which limited the way O’Toole could react to the liberal wedge.
Complicating the effort is the fact that some conservative MPs and candidates he flatly refused to tell the party leadership whether they have been vaccinated or not. If O’Toole endorsed mandatory vaccinations, he would not only face outrage from a party base that takes individual choice seriously; He would also risk having his own candidates out of line with politics and would have to let them go or face constant bombardment. of questions about why he still allowed them to run.
Pressure on O’Toole: CTV reports that Erin O’Toole can expect a leadership challenge after losing the election, but it looks like he can count on the support of Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner. Until now, his critics in the caucus have kept their critics anonymous.
Is it time for a woman in DND? As O’Toole ponders a leadership challenge, Trudeau is engaged in cabinetmaking. Experts tell the canadian press It is time for Trudeau to appoint a defense minister, the first since 1993.
‘Massive problems’: Neither O’Toole nor Trudeau have to deal with a problem as serious as the one facing the Alberta government. On Sunday, two prominent doctors sent a letter to the new health minister urging a blockade of “firewalls” across the province, the Calgary herald reports.
“Alberta’s hospital system, especially ICUs are under more deadly stress than at any other time in the history of the province. All Albertans have and depend on our intensive care hospitals. We are just days away from being forced to implement a triage protocol which will force healthcare workers to make life-and-death decisions about who will get scarce resources, such as ventilators. “
– Stephen Maher
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