FIRST READING: Quebec still angry with debate moderator Shachi Kurl


Turns out Annmie Paul didn’t actually quit, as such

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Quebec is still angry with the Anglophone leaders’ debate on September 9 in which the leader of the Bloc Québécois Yves-François Blanchet was asked several questions suggesting that his home province has a problem of racism. In a recent column for the Journal de Montreal, Blanchet did not blame moderator Shachi Kurl for a question in which she suggested that Quebec laws banning religious headgear for public servants were “discriminatory.” On the contrary, Blanchet said that she was the “victim” of a Canadian culture which instills in its citizens the “same prejudices, the same contempt and the same moral superiority” towards Quebec.

Kurl, meanwhile, thinks this is all ridiculous.. In a column for The Globe and Mail, she said it was not a good appearance for the federation when a simple matter of debate led to official censorship of a provincial assembly and demands for apologies from the from party leaders. “The question gave Mr. Blanchet the opportunity to talk to people outside Quebec about secularism, secularism. He could have shared the Quebec perspective with the rest of Canada. He chose not to do it, ”she wrote.

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(By the way, the question of debate was, “You deny that Quebec has problems with racism. However, you defend laws like Bills 96 and 21, which marginalize religious minorities, anglophones and allophones. For those outside the province, please help them understand why your party also supports these discriminatory laws. “)

Around the same time last week, Michael Kovrig was packed with three other men in a 90 square foot windowless cell, having his meals in stainless steel dog bowls. Now the ex-convict runs errands in Toronto while being spontaneously celebrated as a hero. A Toronto barber shop and pharmacy both posted images on social media of Kovrig entering their locations for a haircut and COVID-19 shot respectively.

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China and the United States officially claim that there was no connection between the release of Meng Wanzhou and the return of the two Michaels.. According to the United States, their Justice Department just resolved the Meng case and China freed the Michaels on their own. But reports from The Globe and Mail, among others, already cast doubt on this explanation and allege that the resolution of the Meng case was resolved as a direct result of US President Joe Biden’s desire to get the Michaels back.

Green Party leader Annamie Paul did not resign on Monday, per se, but she has started the “resignation process”. This likely means that the next few weeks will see her negotiating some sort of dismissal from her official employer, the Green Party Fund. Apparently, Andrew Scheer also received some sort of severance package when he was kicked out of Tory leadership at the end of 2019; a five-digit check just makes it easier to dismiss people.

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Dozens of intensive care physicians across Alberta wrote a public letter this week warning that province’s health care system on the verge of ‘collapsing’ amid record rates of COVID-19 patients in intensive care. With 1,063 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, Alberta is experiencing a more acute wave of COVID-19 than anywhere else in Canada during the pandemic. With the increase in hospitalizations occurring almost exclusively among the unvaccinated, Premier Jason Kenney rejected calls for a “hard lockdown”, arguing that it would “make” no sense for the 80% of the vaccinated population.

INTELLIGENT DATA

Another poll has emerged to confirm that Canadians are all feeling pretty gloomy about the last election. A Research Co. poll found that only 42 percent of respondents were satisfied with the prospect of another minority Liberal government, and public support for the NDP-Liberal collaboration has plummeted compared to 2019.

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A concluding Léger poll the day after Election 44 asked voters to summarize the singular reason they voted the way they did. The Liberals said they wanted to avoid a Conservative government, the Conservatives said they wanted to defeat the Liberal government, and the New Democrats said they liked the NDP.

Almost a third of Canadian voters also voted to ensure the failure of an enemy rather than help the success of a friend.
Almost a third of Canadian voters also voted to ensure the failure of an enemy rather than help the success of a friend. Photo by Léger

FRENCH PARTY CONTROL

It’s no secret to the Maverick Party that they didn’t do very well in Election 44. With just 35,247 votes in total, the party as a whole received less support than a single Tory MP, John Barlow, who won 44,456 votes in his constituency of Foothills. Nonetheless, in an interview with iPolitics, Acting Leader Jay Hill (a former Conservative House leader under Stephen Harper) remains optimistic that the People’s Party of Canada will inevitably implode and its Mavericks can take their place. Hill said, “This is not the people’s party; it’s Max Bernier’s party, and everything revolves around him.

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The face of a man who got more votes than a whole party.
The face of a man who got more votes than a whole party. Photo by John Barlow / Facebook

STRONG HOLD

Writing for Maclean’s, Terry Glavin is extremely opposed to the Trudeau government’s claim that the return of the two Michael’s was due to a feat of diplomatic maneuvering. On the contrary, Glavin profiles a liberal government that was actively prepared to cede to China over Meng Wanzhou, but only resisted because the prospect was not too “politically toxic”.

(Glavin also unearthed convincing information: Foreign Minister Marc Garneau has just said that Canada “has its eyes wide open” in its relations with China. Almost the same line was pronounced in 2017 by the ambassador of the Canada in China, John McCallum, who would be fired two years later for openly siding with Meng in his extradition case.)

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The Conservatives are not the only ones to get frustrated with their performance in the 44 election. The NDP, of course, only added one seat to its caucus in the 44 election. ‘Former Ontario NDP Rep Ish Theilheimer, this is due to the NDP is making the “same old mistakes”. Namely, an adamant adherence to “tax the rich” rhetoric, “inaudible” arguments that conservatives and liberals are the same, and a bizarre culture of never admitting that they have no chance to form. a government.

Rex Murphy might have clues about why so much of Canada sees an angry setback against COVID restrictions and vaccination mandates. While Canadians were generally quite supportive of COVID-19 lockdowns at the start of the pandemic, Murphy follows a series of missteps, about-faces and outright hypocrisy that have seriously undermined confidence in public health.

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