Erin O’Toole is going to dance at her own party

Politics Insider for December 7, 2021: Justin Trudeau’s Uncertain Future; Ave Maria by Erin O’Toole; and the ambassador before the resignation of China

After Justin, who? On Maclean’s, Paul wells Look at a new issue at Liberal Ottawa: People are suddenly discussing a future after the current Prime Minister is no longer in office.

This type of conversation is new. In a party whose unity of purpose Trudeau did much to restore, it has long been considered deficient or waste of energy for liberals to contemplate the prospect of a life without the leader who pulled them from the brink of irrelevance. This fall, that taboo was lifted. It is as if a screw that had secured something in the liberals’ psyche for nearly a decade has been loosened with a full turn counterclockwise. Suddenly, liberals grant themselves license to speculate. So the biggest question in Canadian politics in 2022 is whether Justin Trudeau will remain prime minister when the year is out.

Wells notes that a potential candidate for the job, Chrystia freeland, stands out.

Right now, his occasional naysayers are outnumbered by those who think it would represent a substantial improvement about Trudeau in brainpower, worldliness, and the possession of a closet blessedly empty of skeletons. Almost alone among the renowned suitors to the throne, she has a network within the government of loyal employees who could form the basis for a strong campaign organization.

Double double: Wells also has an article on the strange fact that there are now two cabinet committees on the Economy, Inclusion and Climate, which he believes to be unworkable.

Fight O’Toole: One day after Star reported that Erin O’Toole does not plan to fall without a fight, the Balloon reports who has asked the House of Commons to investigate Shannon stubbs, who has criticized him from within the CCP caucus. Stubbs is alleged to be responsible for verbal abuse and harassment in the workplace, which she denies, and calls the allegations retaliation for speaking out. Part of the story has to do with a bedroom paint job.

One of the former aides, who was absent due to illness in 2018, said she and another employee felt compelled to paint the Alberta deputy’s room in late 2016. The aide said Ms. Stubbs did not directly order them to paint. the room of his house in Vegreville. but that their work environment would have become unpleasant if they didn’t. Ms. Stubbs acknowledged that the staff painted her bedroom, but said she considered it a gift., and that he was surprised to return home to the freshly painted room. “The painting of the house was a wonderful surprise that I did not know. It was a wonderful gift of kindness from the staff members, ”said Ms. Stubbs. “I never asked or told the staff to paint my room.”

Conservatives absent: Erin O’Toole declined to say Monday why four CCP MPs have been absent from the House since it passed a vaccination mandate, CP reports. Ted Falk, Cathay Wagantall and Dean Allison and Colin carrie It has not been seen in the Commons since the new rules came in.

Barton out: Justin Trudeau announced on monday that Dominic barton he has resigned as ambassador to China after two tense years “in which he was praised for helping to secure the release of two Canadians from Chinese custody and criticized for strongly pushing trade ties with Beijing.” CP reports. The announcement comes three months after the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

Good news: Writing in the Mail, John Ivison, who believes that liberals have had a weak policy towards China, Give the welcome the news that Barton is leaving and predicts a tougher line will come from Ottawa.

Boycott wanted: Erin O’Toole urged the federal government on Monday to join allies in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Global reports. The White House announced Monday that the US government “will not send any diplomatic or official representation” to the Olympics next February in reaction to human rights abuses in China.

CSE responds: The Communications Security Establishment acknowledged on Monday for the first time that it has conducted cyber operations against foreign hackers to “impose a cost” for rising levels of cybercrime, Global reports.

“While we are unable to comment on our use of overseas cyber operations (active and defensive cyber operations) or provide operational statistics, we can confirm that we have the tools we need to impose a cost on the people behind these types of incidents,” he wrote the CSE spokesperson. Evan Koronewski in a statement to Global News. “We can also confirm that we are using these tools for such purposes and working together with Canadian law enforcement where appropriate against cybercrime.”

No fees: Two sexual assault whistleblowers say Canadian Forces Marshal Provost they closed their cases against senior military officers without pressing charges because the men accused of raping them refused to be interviewed, CBC reports.

In one case, the plaintiff, a now retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), said she was told that while investigators wanted to press charges of sexual assault, the military prosecutors who reviewed the case recommended that they not appear. charges due to plaintiff’s testimony. it was the only test. The second complainant, an active CAF member, recently reported the closure of her case to the Complaints Commission of the Military Police (MPCC), a civil oversight body.

“The [sergeant] He affirmed that the case “depended on knowing from him that something happened,” indicating that because they did not force the perpetrator to an interview, the case was not viable, “reads his complaint. “This doesn’t make any sense to me at all. I was sexually assaulted and now they tell me that they cannot press charges because they have not spoken with the perpetrator ”.

Both cases were The day closed when Defense Minister Anita Anand announced that all ongoing military sexual misconduct cases would be transferred to the civilian police.

Nasty fight: At Calgary herald, Don braid have a column On what he sees as an American-style fight for changes in election funding, the UCP is overlooking the objection of both the NDP and some of its own members.

When a ruling party changes the electoral rules to prepare for the next election, we are approaching naked American-style efforts to block the other side from any chance of winning. A province cannot change its basic democratic standards every four years. There must be values ​​that last beyond the voting cycles. Without confidence, losers will soon call the election crooked. We know where that is going.

– Stephen Maher

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