Politics Insider for September 29, 2021: Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland get to work; Alberta Copes With COVID; warm housing
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Fighting the pandemic is the top priority for the post-election Justin trudeau, who held a press conference at a vaccination clinic outside Ottawa on Tuesday, CBC reports, with Chrystia freeland by his side. Plans a vaccination mandate for federal civil servants and travelers. Trudeau warned prospective travelers: “Make sure that you and all members of your family over the age of 12 have been vaccinated and are receiving their second vaccination if they have not already done so, because they will not be able to travel by plane or train in Canada. if you are not fully vaccinated. “
Trudeau also said Free Land he will continue as deputy prime minister and finance minister. His new cabinet will be sworn in in October and Parliament will return “before the end of the fall.”
No firewall: On Tuesday, Jason kenney rejected a “firewall” closure that doctors are calling for, CP reports, as Alberta faces severe patient overcrowding and more than 20,000 active COVID-19 cases.
Kenney said new restrictions would be unfair to those vaccinated: “If we had to introduce generalized restrictions, [they] People who are vaccinated will most likely meet this requirement, but we are likely to see large-scale non-compliance among the unvaccinated population. That wouldn’t necessarily take us much further. “
Prohibit protests: Kenney did not introduce the public health measures that doctors ask for, but banned demonstrations outside hospitals, CBC reports.
More sick people: CBC also informs that Alberta has one-tenth of Canada’s population, but nearly half of active COVID-19 cases.
More sick children: the Calgary herald reports COVID-19 cases among Alberta children have reached record levels as more schools face outbreaks. Provincial data shows that Alberta children reached a seven-day average of 68 cases per 100,000 last week, the highest for those ages 5 to 11 since the start of the pandemic.
Disciplined physician: The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons prohibited a family physician from granting exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines and masks, called him “incompetent,” and charged him with “disgraceful and dishonorable” conduct, largely due to his statements in the social media, CBC reports.
Orphan left in camp: Global’s Stewart bell have a haunting story on an 18-month delay in retrieving a Canadian orphan from a Syrian refugee camp, based on access to information documents showing officials did not feel they could safely travel to the area, although officials from other countries were doing so .
As the United States and other countries sent delegations to the region, Canadian officials wrote that they were not allowed to do so, citing “federal law and the Canadian Labor Code.” The documents show that Canadian officials wanted “alternative solutions” to get Amira that did not involve crossing into Syria, before finally sending a delegation to remove her.
Kovrig hit: Michael Kovrig visited a Toronto pharmacy, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and a standing ovation, and a barbershop for a long overdue haircut. Tom Blackwell has a nice story at the exit at the Mail.
No hostage exchange: The sooner Canada dispenses with the ‘prisoner swap’ and ‘diplomatic triangulation’ stories, the sooner it can have an honest conversation about what this saga revealed. Terry glavin write on Maclean’s.
As for how Canadians understand history and what lessons we can learn from this, it is not easy to avoid the disturbing fact that since Meng’s arrest in December 2018 in Vancouver, the assortment of Beijing diplomats, emissaries, proxies, and friends In upper Canada The venues played every possible angle to give Beijing what it wanted and just drop the case, ignore America, let Meng go back to China.
Glavin is not optimistic that the Trudeau government will chart an appropriate course in its dealings with Beijing.
What lessons have we learned? Will we even manage to officially place Huawei outside of Canada’s core of 5G internet connectivity, following the example of Canada’s democratic allies? Are we going to stick to Trudeau’s long-term strategy of deeper and more intimate cultural, economic and political ties with China? They are the first entries, but the plan seems to be simply to get things back on track, to “normal”.
Caisse comes out of the oil: the Quebec Deposit and Placement Fund—Canada’s second largest pension fund – is selling off its oil-producing assets and creating a $ 10 billion fund to decarbonize industrial sectors, the Balloon reports.
Warm housing: CMHC has warned that the country’s housing market is overheated, overvalued and at risk of a recession, the Balloon reports.
Consistent choice: Veteran columnist Susan Riley have an interesting take about the recent elections in the Hill times, suggesting that it could lead to a “momentous” policy change, “despite the absence of a radical change in seats.” She says voters signed on to a progressive agenda despite Trudeau’s “robotic, unfocused and insincere pronouncements throughout the short campaign.”
Not angry: The Canadian press has some highlights of an interesting post-selection by Leger poll, which finds that regardless of what we think about the election, at least most Canadians aren’t mad about it.
– Stephen Maher