Evening Briefing: “Can’t Win”


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There is discontent in the conservative ranks and today it has exploded far beyond the fold of the party when Saskatchewan Senator Denise Batters has launched a petition to oust Erin O’Toole from the role of leader. He said the man who portrayed himself as a “true blue conservative” in the race for leadership was “nearly indistinguishable from Trudeau’s liberals” during the recent election.

Denise Batters appears as a witness to a citizens’ health committee on mental illness in Ottawa on Thursday, March 8, 2012. (The Canadian Press / Sean Kilpatrick)

“Mr. O’Toole rolled over our party’s core policies on the same week, on the same day, and even within the same sentence. Members had no say on that, but we need to have a say on his leadership,” Batters said in a statement, adding that O’Toole’s poll numbers continue to decline, he refuses to learn from his mistakes and, as a result, “cannot win.”

“We cannot afford to see our party torn apart again. When we are divided, the liberals win. “

Apparently, the Batters petition is out of order, according to the CPC’s constitution. As Rachel Emmanuel reports, in a statement published on Twitter, Rob Batherson, president of the Conservative Party of Canada, said that a leadership selection process is not expected to be initiated by a petition or a referendum.

This might buy O’Toole some time for now. However, sources tell Global News that today’s petition is only part of a “multi-step” campaign from current and former MPs, senators and party officials who will develop over the next three to six months in an effort to push O’Toole from the party helm in the wake of a disappointing election.

It’s been more than 60 days since Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party retained control of the House of Commons with an electoral victory over Erin O’Toole’s conservatives.

Cabinet members were announced on October 26, over a month after the September 20 elections. The 36-day gap between the 2021 election and the government swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall was the longest of Trudeau’s tenure.

The the last thing to do before the government gets back to running in earnest is to issue ministerial mandate letters. In a few days, the Trudeau government will break the 2019 record of making ministers wait for their letters. Aidan Chamandy has this story about what could be causing the delay with the warrant letters.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney (left) speaks to reporters in Edmonton on Monday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watches. (Screenrab / iPolitics)

After months of negotiations, The Alberta government has reached a five-year, $ 3.8 billion nursery deal with Ottawa to eventually offer the families of the province assistance for 10 dollars a day per child. The agreement provides for: a 50 percent reduction in fees for licensed programs starting in January; 42,500 new regulated spaces for early childhood and nursery school by the end of March 2026; and an average of $ 10 per day for childcare by the end of 2026. The average monthly rate for preschoolers is $ 925 in Edmonton and $ 1,145 in Calgary, according to a report from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives.

Speaking to reporters in Edmonton, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the deal was delayed to ensure Alberta gets a more flexible deal. This comes after he complained about the Quebec daycare deal in August, insisting he was receiving preferential treatment over the western provinces. That Jeff Labine story.

I’m still looking west, like Floods and landslides in southern British Columbia continue to wreak havoc and leave people stranded e lead to the evacuation of at least an entire cityPrime Minister Justin Trudeau said today his government is on standby. “We are ready to provide any assistance you need as you face and recover from floods and this extreme weather,” he said in a statement. “We are here for you.”

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa (Jolson Lim / iPolitics)

More than 200 officials and politicians participating in the World Conference of Uighurs in Prague voted yesterday to urge Western politicians to introduce legislation in their home countries to delay the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Liberal MP Sameer Zuberi and Bloc Québécois MP Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe attended in person, while other Canadian politicians, including Conservative Senator Leo Housakos, attended virtually.

The weekend meeting was to support Uighurs and denounce China’s genocide against the Muslim minority. About 12 million Uighurs live in northwest China, speak their own language and have been persecuted by the Chinese government for years. Today, Brunelle-Duceppe said in a statement that when the House of Commons returns next week, it will file a motion asking the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Winter Games, which are expected to start on February 4, 2022, in Beijing. That Janet Silver story.

Hall wrapping: Hot topic of passenger transport in the lobby circuit

the sprout: Obstacles in the supply chain that damage breweries and wineries

Net zero: The coal compromise contaminates the COP26 climate pact

In other titles:

The clock is already ticking on the Liberals’ promise to introduce a series of bills in the first 100 days (PC)
The new guide aims to improve mental health for Hill staff, better decisions (Global)
Conservative party now claims that Bert Chen’s suspension is indefinite, not “up to 60 days” (Hill times)
Conservatives are demanding the release of documents for the “troubling” claims of the liberal-favored Clerk of House (CBC)
The feds will not commit to meeting fighter jet schedules as the industry worries about delays (Citizen of Ottawa)


Photo: @ POTUS / Twitter

President Joe Biden signed its bipartisan infrastructure bill today. This comes after Congress approved the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package on November 5, a key part of its economic agenda. – today’s life for many. “My message to the American people is this: America is moving again and your life will change for the better,” Biden said. That story from The Hill.

Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon turned himself in to the FBI office in Washington DC this morning. He is facing contempt of Congressional charges for refusing to provide evidence of the Capitol uprising about what he knew about the protest plans and for his refusal to produce documents to the House commission investigating the insurgency. If found guilty, Bannon faces up to one year in prison and a $ 100,000 fine for each charge. It appeared in court today and will be organized on Thursday. He has since been released pending trial.

“I’m telling you right now, this is going to be the hellish crime for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden,” he told reporters after the hearing, insisting his team “go on the attack.” CNN reports it.

In other international titles:

NATO warns Russia about increasing armed forces in Ukraine (Al Jazeera)
Macron and Putin discuss the easing of tensions on the border with Belarus (AP)
Alex Jones found responsible in Sandy Hook libel suit (Axis)
Beto O’Rourke launches a 2022 bid for the governor of Texas (CBS)
The “heroic” taxi driver from Liverpool praised for locking the bomber inside the cab during the blast (Reuters)
Russia test accused of space junk threatening space station (AP)
American journalist released from Myanmar prison (BBC)
Exasperation and Dysfunction: Within Kamala Harris’ frustrating start as Vice President (CNN)

In opinion:

Gerassimos Thomas: Climate change mitigation: where do we go from here?

Madeline: Disabled people choose to die because they cannot afford to live

The soccer player:

Finally, this Monday we leave you with some love and a public proposal for books.

Because it’s pretty hard to beat having Adele sing to you once you say yes.

Good night.

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