Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion says he’s received thousands of pages of wholly unredacted government documents related to the WE Charity scandal as he investigates the matter for conflicts of interest. Dion made his remarks on Tuesday to the House of Commons finance committee, which has been trying to get access to a similar trove of unredacted WE documents. But the committee also heard from Privy Council Clerk Ian Shugart, who told them the government has the right to withhold certain information from MPs whether they like it or not. The two officials testified on issues around redactions and the WE documents, a subject that has effectively paralyzed the committee since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament last summer.
Politics & Economics
Liberal firearm ban unlikely to curb gun violence, RCMP union says, calling for ‘evidence based’ policy
The union representing the RCMP says the Liberal government’s firearms ban is unlikely to curb gun violence in Canada, and is calling on Ottawa to instead introduce “evidence-based” measures to ensure public safety. The National Police Federation, representing 20,000 RCMP members, issued a statement Monday expressing concern over the rising levels of gun violence in Canada in recent years. The group is seeking increased funding commitments from the federal government, largely to bolster protection measures along the Canada-U.S. border as a way to stem the smuggling of firearms into Canada. Brian Sauvé, president of the National Police Federation, said policies like the firearms ban introduced by Public Safety Minister Bill Blair earlier this year tend to be politically popular, but fail to address the root cause of gun violence.
Andrew Cuomo is revising his Thanksgiving plans. The Democratic New York governor previously indicated he planned to host two of his three daughters, along with his 89-year-old mother, Matilda Cuomo, at his Albany home. “The current plan is my mom is going to come up and two of my girls, [that’s] the current plan,” Cuomo said Monday on radio station WAMC, according to Syracuse.com. “But the plans change, but that’s my plan.” After swift backlash over Cuomo’s hypocrisy, however, it appears the family has been uninvited. For weeks, Cuomo has been one of the most vocal voices against traditional Thanksgiving gatherings. He has limited indoor gatherings at private residences to no more than 10 people, urging New Yorkers to “follow the science” and even cancel their holiday get-togethers entirely.
A recount of votes in the battleground state of Wisconsin has unearthed hundreds of uncounted and unopened absentee ballots in the battleground state. Wisconsin is one of several key states whose results are being contested by President Donald Trump amid allegations of fraud and voting irregularities. The discovery of 386 ballots that were not counted on Election Day will do little to help the president close his deficit in the state; Trump is about 20,600 votes behind Democrat Joe Biden there, and his campaign has paid for a recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties. But it’s also likely the find will do little to further the narrative from Democrats that the Election Day count was accurate.
New research indicates establishment media sins of omission may have turned the 2020 presidential election tide for former Vice President Joe Biden. According to survey results released Tuesday by the MRC/Polling Company, 17 percent of Biden supporters polled in the close-call swing states would have reconsidered their vote had they been confronted with establishment media reports on Trump administration success or recent scandals involving the Democratic opposition. In a virtual news conference on the results, Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, painted a data-drive picture in which opaque coverage of the Burisma controversy, Tara Reade allegations, and national pandemic response robbed President Donald Trump of key Electoral College delegates necessary for a second Oval Office bid.
As many as 17 percent of those who voted for Democrat Joe Biden might have chosen differently at the polls, had they been given fair media coverage of the candidates in the weeks leading up to the election, according to a report. Alleged election malfeasance aside, the establishment media, as expected, played a large part in interfering with the 2020 election, as was concluded by Newbusters. Their censorship of Biden’s scandalous campaign outraged conservatives and proponents for media transparency. But millions of people were unaware of Biden’s scandals and extreme positions, meaning the censorship campaign to hide information about Biden was a success.
A potential presidency based on lies just gave itself another push. When former Vice President Joe Biden, the media-anointed winner of the 2020 presidential election, introduced the country to his national security team on Tuesday, he and his speechwriters decided to include more than just the usual hyperbole about a fresh administration. He decided to do it with three lies that not only attacked the man he plans to succeed, but lard it up with lies about the past, the present and very likely the future. It’s no easy task to tell three lies in one, but the man whose challenge to President Donald Trump was built largely on the duplicity of the mainstream media had no problem reeling off three shameless whoppers right in a row.
Some Australians see the country’s new powers to stop foreign interference as an overdue shift from complacency to vigilance, while others have warned of the dangers of a McCarthyite moral panic. But all can agree that Australia’s approach to foreign meddling in its politics, universities and public debate has changed a great deal in recent years. Last week, the Canadian House of Commons voted 179-146 for this country to adopt a plan similar to Australia’s to counter meddling by the People’s Republic of China. Experts in Canada and Australia suggest that such a change would set Canada on a much more aggressive path in countering China’s inroads into this country’s institutions.
Many politicians are pushing for more lockdown measures while promising to help businesses cope by introducing more spending programs. Prime Minister Trudeau says the provinces won’t have to choose between people’s health and the economy because the federal government will step in – but can the Government of Canada run out of money? True North’s Sam Eskenasi says it’s not as simple as printing as much money as you want.
An apparent “faulty upload” from a county in Arizona mistakenly changed the unofficial vote total for the 2020 presidential election on Tuesday, before the error was fixed. According to ABC 15 data analyst Garrett Archer, Greenlee County accidentally entered more than 22,000 votes, where there were fewer than 4,000 votes. The error narrowed Democrat and former VP Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump down to 4,202 votes before it was reversed. “Getting this in now: State…UNOFFICIAL results have Biden and Trump separated by 4,202 votes right now. This morning it was 10,377. The difference? A faulty upload from Greenlee county. They show 22,110 votes. Should be 3,723,” reported Archer on Tuesday evening.