The Speaker of the House of Commons – previously a Liberal MP – has ruled that Conservative MPs are not allowed to wear masks that feature a message supporting Canada’s oil & gas sector. According to Erin O’Toole’s director of communications, the Liberals pushed for the Conservatives to be barred from wearing them: “This is absurd! The Liberals just pushed to have Conservative MP’s stripped of their face masks because they support Canadian #oilandgas – come on!#KeystonePipeline #KeystoneXL #cdnpoli” So much for free expression, and if free expression is so easily shut down in the House of Commons, then it’s no surprise it is at such risk in the rest of our country.
Liberal MP Ramesh Sangha is out of the Liberal Caucus, after allegedly making “baseless and dangerous” accusations against his colleagues. That’s according to Mark Holland, the chief liberal government whip. “As we have made clear time and time again, we will not tolerate conspiracy theories, or dangerous and unfounded rhetoric about Parliamentarians or other Canadians. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for many Canadians to experience suspicions because of their background; we all know where this can lead.” CBC News claims that sources have told them Sangha made comments about Liberal MP Navdeep Bains. Bains is Sikh, and Sangha had previously criticized the Liberals for pandering to Sikh separatists: “There is no doubt, there cannot be two opinions that the Liberal Party is pandering [to] Khalistan supporters,” the Post quoted Sangha as saying in an interview on 5AAB, a Punjabi-language channel based in Mississauga, Ont.
OTTAWA — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says the federal government is “looking seriously” at tougher travel measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including mandatory hotel quarantines for air travellers returning from non-essential trips abroad. “I would like to stress that we are taking this measure very, very seriously. We are considering the issue very, very seriously,” Freeland said in a news conference Monday in response to a question about the potential quarantine rule.
TORONTO — Ontario has officially extended the province’s state of emergency and all orders associated with it, including the stay-at-home order, for an additional 14 days. The state of emergency, that was declared under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) on Jan. 12, and the stay-at-home order will expire on Feb. 9, the government said.
WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry Ltd. says there haven’t been any major business changes to account for a trading frenzy that drove its share price higher today. Toronto-listed shares rose as high as $26.51 apiece by mid-afternoon, up more than 48% from Friday’s closing price of $17.86.
Air Canada is on the hunt for a Winnipeg-bound cat which went missing from a cargo area in Toronto during a connecting flight. Riley McCann told CBC that after living in Montreal for five years, he boarded an Air Canada flight on Jan. 16 to move to his hometown of Winnipeg.
As the United States takes measures to ban travellers from many European nations, Canada is starting to see a spike in planes carrying COVID-infected passengers from those countries. Updated on Monday, Health Canada’s list of flights with confirmed COVID-19 infections is showing an increase in flights from the Netherlands, the U.K., and France — nations subject to an order Monday by newly-minted U.S. President Joe Biden which bans visits by non-U.S. citizens from those countries.
Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the federal government won’t rule out invoking the federal Emergencies Act to limit travel as parts of the country continue to experience high infection rates of COVID-19. “We are looking at all potential actions to make sure that we can achieve our aims. The Emergencies Act is something you don’t consider lightly,” Garneau said in a Sunday interview on Rosemary Barton Live. “But we are first and foremost concerned about the health and safety of Canadians. And if we can do that in a way that we have the regulatory power to do it, we will do it.” The Emergencies Act would give cabinet the power to regulate or prohibit travel “to, from or within any specified area, where necessary for the protection of the health or safety of individuals.” On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadians to rethink all travel plans inside and outside Canada’s borders, particularly as March break approaches.
The Privy Council Office will be giving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau advice this week on selecting a new governor general after Julie Payette resigned amid a scathing report into harassment and a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall. Roughly 100 public servants volunteered to be interviewed during a third-party review into the workplace culture at Rideau Hall. Quintet Consulting’s final report found overwhelmingly that Payette and her second-in-command, Assunta Di Lorenzo, were responsible for a toxic and poisonous workplace environment at Rideau Hall, according to a government source with direct knowledge. The president of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Dominic LeBlanc, said the federal government plans to appoint a new governor general in weeks rather than months.
When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, Justin Trudeau had one job – deliver the provinces with the vaccine. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s failing at this one job. How could he possibly do this? It turns out Trudeau signed a deal to develop a vaccine with the Chinese firm CanSino in May and didn’t start signing deals with other vaccine candidates until August. Anthony Furey discusses Trudeau’s latest failure and the realities of the vaccine and the virus.