Politics Insider for Oct 19, 2021: A Reprimand for the Prime Minister; more military problems; and a call to end ‘wasteful’ electronic control devices
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Boss Rosanne Casimiro reprimanded Justin trudeau at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation on Monday, Balloon reports, for missing a ceremony to commemorate the National Truth and Reconciliation Day: “Today is bittersweet. When we envisioned welcoming Prime Minister Trudeau into our community, he envisioned that it would be an opportunity for him to interact with a wide range of survivors, intergenerational survivors, and many different First Nations as part of September 30, the first National Day. of Truth and Reconciliation “.
Mr. Trudeau’s visit to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation on Monday comes after he faced considerable political backlash for not appearing publicly on National Truth and Reconciliation Day and for traveling to Tofino. The prime minister said Monday that he is very sorry to have traveled that day. He said he took the opportunity to personally apologize to Ms. Casimir for not being in the community on September 30.
There are witnesses: The woman behind a misconduct charge against Adm. McDonald art has said Global News that “several” eyewitnesses corroborated his story, including at least one senior official that Global verified. Lieutenant Heather macdonald saying Mercedes stephenson she was disappointed that Admiral McDonald sent a letter to senior military officers Thursday claiming he was exonerated.
Not exonerated: Global has a follow-up story citing the Provost Marshal of the Canadian Forces, refuting McDonald’s repeated public claims that he has been exonerated.
“As stated in August 2021, the CFNIS investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct against Admiral McDonald resulted in no charges being brought based on insufficient evidence,” the statement read. “This does not mean that the accusation was unfounded., which is defined by Statistics Canada as ‘After a police investigation it is concluded that there was no attempt to violate the law’ “.
Time to act: Experts tell the Star What is it it’s time for trudeau to do something about this mess.
McDonald’s doesn’t have a leg to lean on. His work is pleasant and he has created disgust, ”he said. Stephen Saideman, Paterson Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University, who researches civilian control of the military in democracies. “For cohesion in the army, the government must make a statement and end this. They have the power to do it … Civilian control of the military stops at (Trudeau’s) desk. “
Head of school: The former commander of the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence continues to serve in the military after being relieved of command following an investigation into allegations of misconduct, CBC reports. In April, Canadian forces fired the lieutenant colonel. Rafael Guay of their duties. CBC News has now confirmed that the military decided months ago that Guay would not return to his command post.
Kill CEWS: Economist Mile pattern, a former social policy adviser to the federal government, says Chrystia freeland should not give in to business pressure to maintain the federal wage subsidy, the Balloon reports.
With an estimated total cost of $ 111 billion, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been the largest single element of Ottawa’s $ 286 billion in direct support measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The subsidy provides money directly to companies whose income has been affected during the pandemic, to cover part of their employees’ salaries. The program has been adjusted and expanded several times. The latest extension, approved just before the federal election campaign, it moved the subsidy expiration date to October 23.
Corak told the Balloon that CEWS is a waste: “The program’s biggest flaw was its inability to put funds where they were most needed. Many, many companies received a large amount of money that was not necessary. It supported companies that were not going to close and prevented the closure of many companies that would have closed anyway. “
Fewer days sitting: Opposition MPs say liberals trying to avoid scrutiny By limiting the sitting days of the House of Commons this year and delaying the return of Parliament, the Balloon reports.
Moe sought help from the US: Saskatchewan scoured North America for healthcare workers before turning to Ottawa, the Leader position reports.
The province formally asked Ottawa for ICU staff on Monday, weeks after the federal health minister first offered it, and only after calls for help through emergency networks received no response, including applications to more than a dozen US states. “The decision was made this morning to ask the federal government (for help) because we were unable to get it from our emergency response partners across North America,” said the chairman of the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency. Marlo pritchard said.
Social watchdog: The NDP wants Ottawa to establish an independent watchdog on social media after the Facebook whistleblower disclosures. Frances Haugen, CP reports. “Millisecond. Haugen reveals that Facebook knew that its algorithms are driving hateful content and causing a collapse in civic engagement,” said Charlie Angus. “Facebook made the decision to incentivize profits by using its algorithms on the welfare of its users “.
Senator leaves ISG: Senator Marilou McPhedran She resigned from the largest group in the Senate before a closed-door hearing was scheduled to decide whether to expel her. the Hill times has a story.
Ford working on his French: Doug ford said Monday that he stopped taking French lessons during the pandemic, but vowed to do so again, CTV reports. Ford said Caroline mulroney helps him: “She is a great French teacher and she always gives me the phrases, so I’ll get there.”
– Stephen Maher