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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got it right this morning. Finished with the diplomatic dance of the past four years, he didn’t shred any words. From the mob that stormed the Washington Capitol this week, he blamed President Donald Trump. “What we saw was an attack on democracy by violent rioters instigated by the current president and other politicians,” Trudeau said before Rideau Cottage.
“As shocking, deeply disturbing and frankly sad as this event is, we saw this week that democracy in America, our closest ally and neighbor, is resilient. Violence has no place in our societies and extremists will not be able to override the will of the people. “
The attack on the Capitol on Wednesday was fueled by Trump’s allegations that the November presidential election had been rigged and stolen from him. We can only scratch our heads as to why the Conservatives felt this was an appropriate time to introduce their own rhetoric of election fraud. As for Vice-Chair Candice Bergen, she will probably not take off her MAGA hat anytime soon.
Questions were also asked about Parliament Hill’s possible defenses should Ottawa ever suffer a similar siege. In a statement, the Parliamentary Protection Service announced iPolitics that it is regularly reviewing and adjusting its security levels.
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford adopted a somber tone today, warning that the province’s already bleak COVID-19 situation is expected to worsen in the coming weeks. In a morning press conference, he asked the federal government to accelerate the delivery of existing vaccines and the approval of new vaccines. He said new modeling numbers expected early next week will “drop” Ontarians from your chair.
“We are in a desperate situation. Everything is on the table right now, (and) there will be more action as this is getting out of hand and we have to do whatever it takes. No matter what the federal government would do, no matter what the provincial government does, local governments, if we don’t have people working together it’s going to get out of hand, ”Ford said.
In his daily briefing, Trudeau said the state of the pandemic was “frightening”. As 68 sites across the country received thousands of doses of vaccines this week, that volume will continue to grow. “The amounts of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will increase in February. Remember, Canada has the most vaccines per capita in the world, which means that by September we will have enough vaccines for every Canadian who wants one, ”he said.
According to Health Canada, there are still no reports of unexpected side effects from patients vaccinated against COVID-19.
Still with the pandemic and politicians who have deemed it appropriate to travel along the way, we turn to Senator Don Plett. The heat it is exposed to is likely to be reminiscent of the temperatures in Mexico, where it poured in December, minus the margaritas and mariachi bands. As reported by CBC News, not only was the Conservative Red Chamber leader traveling internationally when Canadians were told to stay home, but Plett signed a policy last year banning all MPs and senators from participating in inter-parliamentary delegations outside Canada to travel. It was signed in March and remains in force. It is expected to be renewed before the end of the next month.
Two sides of the mouth, a lot? Plett was in his arms when Trudeau went to a cottage across the river earlier this year and declared in his year-end message, “We cannot travel and collect the way we normally would.”
If you count – or try – all but five of Canada’s 93 Senators say they did not travel overseas during the pandemic.
Regarding COVID-19 relief, Globe and Mail reports that a dozen overseas airlines, including three Chinese state-owned airlines, have taken advantage of Canada’s wage subsidy program, although many have received generous rescue packages from their own governments.
According to experts, young Canadians are most likely to be affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the long term. Compared to just 10 months earlier, the employment level of 15- to 24-year-old Canadians was 10.5 percent lower in December 2020 – the largest drop from prepandemic levels of all age groups.
It is the first anniversary of the crash of Flight PS752 in Iran. More than 100 of the 176 victims were Canadian ties and 55 were Canadian citizens. This marks the day when Canada once again calls on Iran to compensate the victims.
Sen. Murray Sinclair (Furious Rodan / Toronto Star)
Senator Murray Sinclair will officially step down from the Senate later this month, leaving a position he has held since April 2016. He plans to take on a new role mentoring young indigenous lawyers in Winnipeg. iPolitics spoke to Sinclair about reconciliation and his hopes for Canada’s youth. Here’s our Q&A with the Senator.
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Canadian economy lost 63,000 jobs (CP) in December
Manitoba Lockdown Extended 2 Weeks (CBC)
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WestJet announces temporary layoffs and flight schedule reductions (CTV).
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As the time for Trump’s term expires, the momentum builds to remove him from office earlier. House Democrats plan to roll out an impeachment ruling on Monday that would allow them to expedite an impeachment vote next week. As reported by CNN, the latest draft impeachment order contains an impeachment article for “incitement to insurrection”.
Given what’s going on, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t messing around when it comes to the nuclear codes. She spoke to the senior US general about how to prevent a Trump from accessing startup codes in the final days of his term in office. On a conference call, Pelosi told members of her caucus that she had received assurances from Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, that security arrangements would be in place in the event Trump tried to start one nuclear Weapon.
As law enforcement agencies across the country make arrests after Wednesday revoltCapitol Hill Police released the name of the officer who was killed by the domestic terrorists who stormed the building. Brian Sicknick “was injured while engaging in physical activities with protesters” and died last night. He was a veteran and war critic who had been with the force since 2008. CNN reports that prosecutors in the US attorney’s office are planning a federal homicide investigation into his death.
Meanwhile, there was news today that did not surprise anyone: Trump said he would not attend the inauguration later this month. Answer from President-Elect Joe Biden? It’s good.”
“He exceeded my worst expectations about him,” Biden told reporters today. “He was an embarrassment for the country.” Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be there, however.
Although Trump got his Twitter account back after a 12-hour ban earlier this week, the social media site today has the accounts for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell and former 8kun administrator Ron Watkins permanently banned from a raid on content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
When cabinet members are blown up for fleeing and resigning, it appears that some of Trump’s MAGA believers on the internet turn him on as well.
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And finally, after what happened this week, you know Randy Rainbow would have something to sing about it. Here is his latest.
Have a nice weekend.