Group of conservative MPs to form “civil liberties” caucus to speak out for anti-vaccinists


Politics Insider for November 5, 2021: a “Caucus for civil liberties” emerges; more talks on the NDP-Liberal agreement; Anita Anand’s action plan

A group of 15-30 Conservative MPs and Senators is ready to launch a “Civil Liberties Caucus” to support anti-vaccinists who risk losing their jobs. relationships Abbas Ranna In the Hill Times.

MP Marilyn Gladu He says he will speak for the group, which could be seen as a leadership challenge Erin O’Toole, although Gladu hopes it isn’t.

Ms. Gladu denied that the “Civil Liberties Caucus” is intended to undermine or challenge Mr. O’Toole’s leadership and said she hopes other federal parties will not exploit this problem as caucus members are only trying to help their constituents. The group chose “civil liberties” as the name, explained, why they believe that Canadians who do not want to be vaccinated are not being treated fairly, and losing your job is a violation of their rights. “I would really encourage any MP to listen to the voters in their rides, because people across the country are worried about these things,” said Ms. Gladu, who refused to share the names of the other caucus members until next week.

Some impassive MPs might try to take their seats in the House!

“I’ll tell you this: November 22 can be a very interesting day,” said a Conservative MP who spoke with The times of the hill on not by attribution basis to offer their sincere opinion. “Because I believe there are Unvaccinated Conservative Members of Parliament who will try to enter the Parliament buildings Anyway. Therefore, they will not follow the rules, despite what we have decided as a caucus. And what happens next? I think they will be kicked out of caucus. “

Difficult position: Global Alex Boutlier has some good stuff behind the scenes on the difficult dynamics of the caucus that O’Toole faces, which may not be easier if some of his MPs are determined to break his vaccination policy.

NDP-LPC Interviews: The Chiefs of Staff a Justin Trudeau Other Jagmeet Singh are having “informal talks” about a three-year supply agreement, The print relationships (translation), which would allow liberals to avoid falling into a vote of confidence, Self they can reach an agreement.

“There is a long way to go from cup to lips,” stressed a source in the NDP field, insisting that there is a certain distrust of liberals, who make promises in the electoral campaign and sack them once in power. . The reform of the voting system and the creation of the national drug insurance are two examples.

Your correspondent reported on the preliminary strategy around such an agreement in Maclean’s last week.

Bringing civilians: Anita Anand announced Thursday who “fully accepted” a recommendation from Louise Arbor that civilians should handle cases of military sexual misconduct, Amanda Connolly relationships for Global. Anand is ready to go to work.

Anand said reports of her as a contender prompted her to prepare for the role. “I actually had a to-do list ready in case I was actually sworn in as Minister of National Defense,” he told Global News. “And when that happened, I pulled out my to-do list and reviewed it with the incumbent chief of staff and my deputy minister on the first day, and I’ve been working on it steadily ever since.”

Plan ahead: In Maclean’s, Philippe J. Fournier relationships on a Main Street poll showing Valerie Plante has an advantage Denis Coderre in the race for mayor of Montreal for the first time in two years and could win on Sunday.

With only one more day of campaign left before voters go to the polls this weekend (voting will take place on Saturday and Sunday), a new Mainstreet Research poll suggests that Valerie Plante took the lead in this race for the first time in a city poll – by any company – since the fall of 2020. Let’s take a look at the Main Street numbers. Among the full sample of respondents, Valerie Plante has the support of 46 percent of respondents, compared with 40 percent Denis Coderre. Balarama Holness lags far behind in third place with only 5% support. Of the 850 respondents to this survey, 7% were undecided.

To get an idea of ​​the stakes in this race, take a look at this object from Paul Wells since the beginning of this week.

Best wishes, premier: John Horgan said on Thursday that the growth in his throat is cancerous and that he will have to undergo radiation treatment, the Vancouver sunshine reports: “The surgery and biopsy that was performed last week were successful and I am grateful to the incredible healthcare team for all the support I have received. The condition confirmed that the growth in my throat was cancerous. “

Horgan pointed out that his prognosis is good and expects to heal completely. He will have to start radiotherapy in the next two weeks. The premier expects to have finished treatment towards the end of December. “During that time, I will continue to participate virtually in briefings, cabinet meetings and other important meetings such as the Federation Council. For events in person, ministers Mike Farnworth and other cabinet ministers could attend in my place, “he said.

Fear in Kabul: The Globe has a heartbreaking story on the Afghans who worked with the Canadian military who will soon be homeless because the groups led by volunteers who have funded their safe homes are running out of money.

Joly prepares: Susan Delacourt has an interview with Melanie Joly In the star, in which he reveals who his mentor is Frank McKenna, and who is busy reading briefing books, preparing, we hope, to successfully confront the greedy Americans who threaten the Canadian auto industry.

No French: Allison Hanes has a good explainer In the The Montreal Gazette outlining the catastrophic public relations blunder of Mike Rousseau, the new CEO of Air Canada, who managed to upset the delicate balance of language relations in Montreal by admitting that he lived in Montreal for 14 years but did not speak French, apparently at all.

Even the Quebec Community Groups Network, the defenders of the rights of English speakers, issued a caustic statement denouncing Rousseau’s “deaf” and “restricted” comments. QCGN president Marlene Jennings he complained that his remarks did “lasting harm to the Anglophone community of Quebec and to the fundamental national value of linguistic duality.” Indeed, while Quebec’s Anglophones are trying to prove to them too that they care to protect the French while safeguarding their rights and institutions, Rousseau has gone and undermined every argument used by the community to show that Bill 96 is unjustified.

For a cap: CBC Aaron Wherry has a thoughtful column explaining how a cap on oil and gas emissions can help Canada reduce emissions, a difficult but necessary step.

The first lesbian: liberal rookie Pascale St-Onge, who won a nail-eater in Brome-Missisquoi, became the first lesbian to go out in a Canadian federal cabinet when she was sworn in as minister of sports, CTV’s Rachel Aiello relationships in an interesting profile. St-Onge may also be the prime minister of the government who played bass in an alternative band, crazy june.

– Stephen Maher


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