During Joe Biden’s ABC News town hall Thursday night, the Democratic presidential nominee expressed support for the radical idea of young children changing their gender. “I’m the proud mom of two girls, 8 and 10,” Mieke Haeck from State College, Pennsylvania, said during the event in Philadelphia. “My youngest daughter is transgender.” She then asked Biden how he would “ensure that the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected.” “The idea that an 8-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides, you know, ‘I decided I want to be transgender. That’s what I think I’d like to be. It would make my life a lot easier,’” the former vice president said.
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Canadians will not be forced into COVID-19 internment or containment camps, a spokesperson for Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Tuesday — taking aim at a disinformation campaign that has been circulating on social media for weeks. The claim that the federal government is preparing to forcibly intern Canadians is patently false, the spokesperson said. The federal government has announced funding for voluntary quarantine sites for some of the country’s homeless and has made plans to expand self-isolation capacity for returning international travellers without suitable places to go, but Canadians will not be compelled to leave their homes for so-called COVID “camps.” “The answer is no, we’re not building containment or internment camps,” the spokesperson told CBC News.
The Ontario government is looking to scrap the option allowing municipalities to use ranked ballots during civic elections. A new bill released by the Conservative government on Tuesday focuses on liability protection for workers and businesses against COVID-19 exposure-related lawsuits. It includes changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, which would remove the ranked ballot options for municipal council elections, if passed. “Our government is maintaining predictability, and consistency to municipal elections, while better respecting taxpayers’ dollars,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing wrote in an email to CBC News. “Now is not the time for municipalities to experiment with costly changes to how municipal elections are conducted.”
A proposed new class action lawsuit has been filed against Veteran Affairs Canada accusing it of failing to inform former soldiers, sailors and aircrew about the federal benefits to which they are entitled. A statement of claim was filed in Federal Court last month by veterans advocate Sean Bruyea. The claim is being spearheaded by lawyer Peter Driscoll, who successfully sued the Department of National Defence over military pension clawbacks and secured a $887 million settlement. The new case focuses on the handling of the former Supplementary Retirement Benefit.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes to follow through with a plan to bring in 351,000 permanent residents by the end of 2021 despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the Canadian economy. The record-intake would be the largest Canada has experienced in a century. Minister of Immigration Marco Mendicino is expected to announce a detailed plan with updated three-year targets before the end of this month. A few months prior, Mendocino revealed a plan to boost immigration over the next four years. However, current rates have fallen short from the target of 341,000 permanent residents in 2020.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is accusing Canada’s leaders of condoning anti-China comments. The accusation comes after China faced backlash for threats made by Chinese ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu against Canadians currently in Hong Kong. “If the Canadian side really cares about the stability and the prosperity in Hong Kong, and really cares about the good health and safety of those 300,000 Canadian passport-holders in Hong Kong, and the large number of Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong SAR, you should support those efforts to fight violent crimes,” said Cong last week.
Voter registration gains in the critical states of Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are boosting Republican officials’ optimism for the upcoming presidential election. “Updated voter registration tallies show that Republicans have narrowed the gap with Democrats in three critical states,” The New York Times reported Monday. Dee Stewart, a Republican political consultant in North Carolina, told the Times the uptick in GOP registrations is the “secret weapon” that could tip the election in President Donald Trump’s favor. “The tremendous voter registration gain by the Republicans is the secret weapon that will make the difference for the Republicans in 2020,” Stewart said.
Chelsea Clinton claimed President Donald Trump is “obsessed” with her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and that he is still miffed that she beat him in the popular vote. “He’s obsessed with her!” Clinton said in a Monday interview on “The Real,” a daytime talk show. “I mean, he talks about her all the time. He talks about her in interviews. He talks about her in rallies. He tweets about her,” she added while the hosts nodded in agreement. “I think it’s really clear that he has never gotten over the fact that she won the popular vote by more than 3 million votes,” Clinton continued. “I don’t think it’s an accident that we saw kind of how he reacted to Kamala Harris’ extraordinary debate performance, which similarly, he felt quite threatened by.”
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a press conference that the Senate will vote Monday on confirming President Trump’s nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to the Supreme Court. He stated, “With regard to the Supreme Court justice, I think you’ve already written, we’ll be voting to confirm justice-to-be Barrett next Monday and I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women who believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of the judge is to actually follow the law.” “The Senate will then hold a procedural vote on Sunday. After that, senators could still debate her nomination for an additional 30 hours,” The Hill reported.
Trump Releases Video Of Reporter Who Had Coronavirus Not Wearing Mask, Social Distancing In White House
President Donald Trump released a video on Tuesday afternoon of “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl—who had a serious case of the coronavirus that required hospitalization earlier this year—not wearing a mask inside the White House and not social distancing. “Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Much more to come.” The video comes after there was apparently some sort of incident during the interview that caused Trump to end it early. “60 Minutes” is a left-wing program and Stahl has shown bias against the president in the past.