Kenney’s office faces a serious lawsuit containing allegations of sexual harassment

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Policy Insider for October 28, 2021: Jason Kenney’s Office Faces Serious Lawsuit; a possible papal excuse; and a COVID miss

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CBC Elise von Scheel reported Wednesday that former executive Ariella Kimmel is suing Jason Kenney’s government and legal documents contain Disturbing allegations of sexual harassment and alcoholism in the higher ranks of Kenney’s team. Legal documents raise questions not only about the conduct of some of Kenney’s best people, but also … how others handled complaints once you get to know them.

After a senior counselor allegedly made a sexually inappropriate comment to a member of Kimmel’s staff, he informed several officials.

The next day, Kimmel reported the exchange to Chris Thresher, the head of the medical staff, e Wolf Matt, the premier’s director of problem management. He hasn’t heard anything for almost a month.

UCP MLA Leela Aheer guest Kenney resigns after the story stopped.

Pressure to drop the case: The new Trudeau cabinet is under pressure again for stop fighting a court order ordering him to compensate and provide services to indigenous children, Global relationships.

While responsible federal ministers say they are weighing the “complex” decision, indigenous supporters continue to push the government to drop the litigation. “The government is at a crossroads and so is the country,” said the Child and Family Caring Society’s Cindy Blackstock in a statement sent by e-mail.

The government has until Friday to make a decision.

papal apologies? The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope francesco he would visit Canada, at an unknown time, to seek “reconciliation with indigenous peoples”. This will have to mean apologies for the church’s role in residential schools, indigenous leaders told CP.

No secret: Steven Guilbeault on Wednesday he tried to calm the troubled western waters after his appointment as environment minister sent shockwaves through the wildfire. Guilbeault, a former Greenpeace activist, told reporters he doesn’t have a “secret agenda”, CBC relationships.

Guilbeault said the government’s plan to combat climate change is “very clear” and most of it – such as the price of carbon and the push for more public transport and cleaner energy sources – is “already known.” The Trudeau government has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Flooding of the area: In Maclean’s, Andrew MacDougall try to make sense of a shuffle full of messages. One of these, according to MacDougall, is that Trudeau is not interested in foreign affairs.

In the last Parliament, our new head of diplomacy could not be entrusted to any heavy machinery, but in this Parliament he is just the right person to put our rusty relationship with the United States back on track. Nor is Joly likely to be the right person to devise a strategy to neutralize China. Oh right, we are friends of China. Maybe it makes sense after all. In any case, Joly informs us that it will be to go forward with “humility” and “audacity”. Then take it out of Joly’s pipe and smoke it.

Unable: In Toronto sunshine, Brian Lilley makes a similar point, with more vinegar, how does Terry Glavin, In the National post.

Small teams: In star, Susan Delacourt relationships on post-shuffle ministerial drinks at the Met, and notes that Trudeau’s new cabinet appears to be a collection of small teams.

In short, there is there isn’t much room for lone wolves in the Trudeau government he rebuilt for his third term. And that’s also true of the prime minister himself, who appears to have traded his old solo act for frequent double hexes with Freeland. If the six years of Trudeau’s government were a TV series, critics might say he went from a solo show to an ensemble cast, kind of like the difference between the first and second seasons of Emmy Award-winning show “Ted Lasso. . ” It’s a long way from 2015, when all parts of the Trudeau cabinet revolved around a man and his power of stardom. After six years at the helm, Trudeau seems to appreciate the team approach so much that he has created many of them within one cabinet.

Straddling a Fence: Erin O’Toole said on Wednesday that his MPs will “respect and abide by” a Hill vaccine mandate, but challenge him at the “first chance”, CTV relationships.

“A matter of privilege will be raised in the House of Commons to challenge the improper conduct and all the precedents, “said O’Toole.” Only the House of Commons itself can determine its composition and conduct. Whether before the president or the government of the House , both after the government, the entire Conservative caucus will respect and abide by all health rules and guidelines, ”O’Toole said.

Foolish, weak: In Globe, Andrew Coyne meditate Conservative resistance to the vaccine mandate and concludes that they appear to have a death wish.

One way or another, then, Members of Parliament will have to get vaccinated as a condition of entry – if not with the Domestic Economy Council vote last week, then with the vote of the whole House. The Tories can’t stop him. All they can do is appear stupid and their leader weak.

Hybrid house: Jagmeet Singh, on the other hand, says Canada should consider having a permanent hybrid parliament, saying it would be better for women and parents, CP relationships.

Singh said a hybrid parliament proved to work well during the pandemic and thinks continuation should be explored after the public health crisis subsides. “I think the hybrid parliament has it has opened a door to greater participation and it allows Members of Parliament with young families and other obligations to attend and fulfill those obligations anyway and so I think it has opened up a new opportunity and I want to see it continue, “he said at a press conference.

Inflation warning: Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem issued an inflation warning on Wednesday and signaled the bank could hike rates, CP relationships.

We understand what our job is. Our job is to make sure that the price increases we have seen in many globally traded commodities do not spill over and translate into ongoing inflation and we will do our job, ”he told reporters at a late morning news conference. “If there are new developments, we begin to see them feed, we will accelerate our actions to bring inflation back to target.”

Poor intelligence: In send, Professor of the University of Ottawa Wesley Wark reveals documents showing Department of National Defense intelligence analysts have been slow to warn political leaders of the COVID-19 threat.

Defense intelligence has come to a number of erroneous assessments of the threat posed by the outbreak in China. On the eve of the minister’s first briefing, a periodical report called “Defense Intelligence Daily” concluded that the epidemic had been contained and that “a significant disease is unlikely to spread outside of China.” At the end of the month, the Chinese government was credited with being “open and transparent” in communicating information about the disease.

Enough, Jean: In send, Chris Selley takes Jean Chrétien to the task for his comments while minimizing the damage done to residential schools.

Yet, as of this week, it’s not even clear that Chrétien understands what residential schools were. It is difficult to choose the most calamitous moment in Chrétien Tout le monde en parle’s appearance, but it may have been when she enjoyed her experiences in boarding school with those of indigenous children. “We didn’t have a college in Shawinigan. We had to go to Trois-Rivières or Joliette, “he said.” We had no choice. … I ate baked beans and oatmeal. And, sure, it was difficult to live in a boarding school, extremely difficult. “

Conspiracy News: A Leger poll conducted for Elections Canada finds that most Canadians trust the election agency, but a surprisingly large number support conspiracy theories, Global relationships.

The polling firm found that two in five Canadians (40 percent) considered “definitely” or “probably true” that “some significant events were the result of the activity of a small group secretly manipulating world events.” .

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– Stephen Maher

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