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While former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s decision to hire his wife’s sister to speak for the work in his office may have received the go-ahead from the powers that be for breaking the rules, and not necessarily breaking them, it is on some not right in his party. Among those who don’t think it’s because of voter expectations? Current Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole. He told reporters today that it does not meet his ethical standards. “Canadians want and deserve better and that’s what I’ll expect from my team.”
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While the deal was not a violation of ethics rules, NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus said it was problematic and borderline, “especially by someone who was both a former House speaker and chairman of a national party who has always accused the Liberals of ethics Not meeting standards. “Scheer’s sister-in-law Erica Honoway is not only one of his constituency assistants, but his wife also works for Honoway’s interior design company.
Scheer’s Parliamentary Assistant, Kenzie Potter, told Globe and Mail today in a statement that “the Scheers have proactively sought and received approval from the Ethics Commissioner’s office to appoint Ms. Scheer” and that the commissioner knew Honoway was involved Mr. Scheer was busy and that she would be Mrs. Scheer’s boss.
It became known this afternoon that Scheer had fired his wife’s sister after questions were raised.
This follows MP Yasmin Ratansi leaving the liberal caucus after it was revealed she had her sister on her payroll as a constituency assistant for years – in violation of parliamentary rules. In a letter to the House Speaker, the Conservatives called for action to be taken against them. In related news, CBC learned that the ethics commissioner received a complaint more than two and a half years ago about Ratansi employing her sister with public funds but declining it.
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Wait a few more months. That was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s word today as Canadians head into a long, cold and “harsh” winter. In the spring, he said, Canadians will begin to see the other side of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“People just have to hold on. It’s not forever, it’s just a few more months, ”Trudeau told 570 News Kitchener today. “We can do what we have to do to ensure the safety of our relatives and, above all, that our staff at the front are not overwhelmed and our hospital rooms are not overcrowded.”
He also called on the Senate to soon pass the latest COVID-19 relief bill, which expands the federal wage subsidy and further develops the commercial rent subsidy program.
Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s assistant health officer, said he was optimistic that most Canadians could be vaccinated by the end of 2021 if the vaccines were approved and introduced soon.
Dr. World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today commended Canada for its efforts to fight COVID-19 domestically and internationally. However, in his speech to the Empire Club of Canada, he also warned that a highly anticipated vaccine would not be a panacea.
In Nunavut, the overnight COVID case number has more than doubled to 60, while Ontario is considering extending the winter break to keep schools closed after the holidays. That comes as the province records another 1,249 cases today. Meanwhile, Manitoba has reported its most recent COVID-19 death – a woman in her thirties.
Regarding the targeted approaches that have been implemented across the country, experts say that while they have value, the window to their use is closing – and fast.
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A year after Canada passed legislation banning the captivity of whales and dolphins, Senator Murray Sinclair is dedicated to protecting great apes, elephants and other wildlife in captivity. Together with the world-famous primatologist Dr. He announced to Jane Goodall this morning that he would propose new laws in the Senate. If passed, the Jane Goodall Act will also ban the importation of elephant ivory and game trophies into Canada and establish some of the strictest animal welfare laws in the world. Holly Lake has this story.
One Urgent Change of Course: This is what Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard says the RCMP needs when it comes to handling requests directed to it under federal law on access to information. After launching a special investigation by the national police into repeated and systematic violations of the law, she filed an “Access at Issue: The Need for Leadership” report in the House of Commons today. According to Global News, Public Security Secretary Bill Blair has ordered the armed forces to respond “fully” to the damning charges within three months.
The government is releasing some previously edited WE Charity documents in hopes of ending the month-long stalemate in the House of Commons Finance Committee. The committee has gotten bogged down to debate a privilege item from Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre, whose request for documents regarding the WE issue has been the focus of the committee since it resumed on October 8 after being passed.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Liberal House Leader Pablo Rodriquez said his government had agreed to send unedited documents to the clerk – with the exception of those redacted to protect cabinet trust and unrelated material as was already allowed in the committee motion. Rachel Emmanuel reports.
Witnesses told the Committee on the Status of Women in the House of Commons that women entrepreneurs are struggling harder than their male counterparts during the pandemic.
“Female-owned companies … are more likely to fall through the cracks of various emergency programs,” said Corinne Pohlmann, senior vice president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Jolson Lim has this story.
Our trial nerd wonders: can the house really set a deadline for a decision on Huawei 5-G?
Jason MacDonald, who served as Director of Communications under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, returns to Hill and Knowlton Strategies (H + K) to lead the specialty corporate and advisory offering. That and more in this week’s Comings and Goings.
In The Sprout: Trade Tensions, COVID-19 Sniffer Dogs, and Tiny Meat Houses
The Drilldown: Natural Law Energy is investing $ 1 billion in Keystone XL
In other headlines:
Companies could face heavy fines under the new Canadian Data Protection Act (CBC).
Charity sees changes to the fundraiser that Kenney, other political leaders (CP), are involved in
Saskatchewan brings provincial mask mandate and limits gatherings to 5 (global)
Canadians intimidated by China, other countries “will not be tolerated” (Global)
What has been rumored has been confirmed: President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to withdraw 2,500 US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by mid-JanuaryActing Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced today. The Department of Defense will reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 and the number of armed forces in Iraq from 3,000 to 2,500 by January 15, days before Trump will step down. Miller said Trump’s decision “is based on ongoing collaboration with his national security cabinet over the past few months, including ongoing discussions with myself and my colleagues across the US government.”
It is, of course, worth noting that his predecessor was dismissed for resisting the use of active troops.
The Secretary General of NATO warned that if the US withdraws its troops “too early”, Afghanistan “risks becoming a platform again for international terrorists to plan and organize attacks on our home countries”. Jens Stoltenberg also warned that the military organization could pay a heavy price for a hasty, uncoordinated withdrawal. More on this in the Associated Press.
Let’s turn to denial of election losses and #WhiteHouseKaren: For the first time in more than half a century, an outgoing government is blocking an incoming one at any level – with no intention of slacking off. As Politico reports, Trump did not call President-elect Joe Biden, nor did the Trump campaign reach the Biden campaign. The White House and federal agencies have not notified the Biden transition team. First Lady Melania Trump did not invite Jill Biden to the White House for tea. There was also no information about COVID-19 or the withdrawal of troops, nor about background checks on applicants and security checks for potential Biden employees.
During a press conference today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked why the General Services Administration is delaying the transition process. He said the litigation would be resolved in court first, but there would be “a proper transfer from this administration to the next”. After the last four years, he has evidently understood “tidy” differently than most people.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s Republican Foreign Secretary said Trump’s own attacks on the integrity of postal voting contributed to his loss in Peach State. “Twenty-four thousand people didn’t vote in the fall. Either they did not vote absent because they were told by the president: “Do not vote absent, it is not safe,” Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger said in an interview. “But then they didn’t come out and voted personally. He would have won with 10,000 votes. He actually depressed and suppressed his own electoral base. “
Other world headlines:
The Pennsylvania court dismissed the Trump campaign vote monitoring lawsuit (The Hill).
Facebook and Twitter grilling over US election campaigns (BBC)
Ethiopia Tigray Crisis: Abiy Issues Ultimatum As Civilians Flee Fight (BBC)
Finally, country singing legend Dolly Parton is being hailed by fans as a COVID-19 savior after learning that she donated $ 1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is a partner of Moderna, earlier this year, the company with which early successes were achieved his vaccine. While some fans take a leap and claim the queen of the country “cured the coronavirus,” at least one sees the potential for the woman who wrote the hit, Jolene.
A song about a vaccine? Stranger things have happened!
In this sense, good night.