Category Archives: Canada

Liberals recruiting Imam for Montreal byelection

A Quebec imam who touched hearts across the country and around the world with his homily on the 2017 massacre in a Quebec City mosque is considering running in an upcoming byelection for the Liberal Party of Canada.

Hassan Guillet, the spokesman for the Quebec Council of Imams, said he is considering seeking the federal Liberal nomination in Saint-Léonard–Saint-Michel.

A byelection to replace Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio, who announced his resignation in April, could be announced in the near future. Di Iorio is still sitting as MP.


FUREY: Canada will benefit from striking now rather than later on the Huawei ban

Just the other day, I was out for lunch with a senior public policy advisor and the conversation to drifted to how odd it is that for decades successive Canadian governments have been so enamoured with cozying up to the Chinese leadership in Beijing.

Then, right at that moment, a former senior cabinet minister walked into the restaurant inexplicably wearing a traditional Chinese-style outfit. We did a double take. The timing was straight out of a sitcom.


Teachers’ union and Ontario Proud accused of breaking election rules

Questions are being raised about whether some of the most vocal interest groups in Ontario broke the province’s election finance law with their political advertising campaigns last year.

The group Democracy Watch is asking Elections Ontario to investigate Ontario Proud, who says its social media messaging played a “pivotal role” in the victory of Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives .

Ontario Proud’s funding for its political advertisements came almost exclusively from developers and construction firms, according to its post-election financial report to Elections Ontario. Democracy Watch argues that the identity of these corporate donors should have been revealed with the ads. 

Ontario Proud proved itself an effective messenger, they’ve now set their sights on Trudeau, small wonder they would face such lawfare.


Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia: ‘I escaped to seek a better life’

It’s a dramatic story that has brought the restrictions faced by women in Saudi Arabia back into the spotlight.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, garnered global attention last week after she locked herself into her hotel room and refused to fly back home.

She was fleeing her family in Saudi Arabia and, after instigating a high-profile Twitter campaign, was granted asylum in Canada.

As the debate about women’s rights in the country continues, another young woman who fled Saudi Arabia for Canada has told her story to the BBC.

Salwa, 24, ran away with her 19-year-old sister eight months ago and now lives in Montreal. This, in her own words, is her story.


How Canada almost left the door to the nuclear club ajar … again

Maybe you have heard the story of how India got the Bomb with Canada’s inadvertent help. We sold India a nuclear reactor called CIRUS in 1954 on an explicit promise that the facility would only be used for peaceful purposes. When India astonished the world with its first nuke test in May 1974, having upgraded the fuel output from CIRUS, it duly announced that it had successfully created a Peaceful Nuclear Explosive. The permanent consequence was, for better or worse, a nuclear-armed Subcontinent.

This is old news to enthusiasts of Cold War history. Here’s the new news: it almost happened twice. Canadian technology was almost used by another country to break into the nuclear club.


Canada wants 1M more immigrants by 2022

Canada wants more than 1 million immigrants to enter the country by the end of 2021.

In an annual report to Parliament, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen wrote that Canada’s “future success depends on continuing to ensure they [immigrants] are welcomed and well-integrated.”

The report showed that Canada’s goal is to bring in 330,800 immigrants in 2019, 341,000 in 2020, and 350,000 in 2021, for a total of 1.02 million immigrants.

“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,” Hussen said in the report.


MALCOLM: How Canada quietly became a sanctuary country

While border security and building a border wall has been front and centre in the U.S. news, Canada has quietly been admitting and welcoming America’s illegal migrants.

As reported by the Canadian Press, Canada is proactively giving visas to those who were in the U.S. illegally.

According to Vanessa Routley, an immigration lawyer who helped someone who was an illegal migrant in the U.S. obtain a student visa in Canada, this would not have happened three years ago.


Don’t dismiss them as ‘crackpots’: Who are Canada’s yellow vest protesters?

This weekend in Edmonton, protesters wearing bright yellow vests will gather at the Alberta legislature. Just like they did last weekend, and every weekend before that for the past month.

“No point making all those beautiful signs if nobody gets to see ’em,” an organizing group said in a Facebook post about plans for Saturday’s rally. “Looking forward to our biggest turnout yet.”

Some protesters may stand at the podium shouting conspiracy theories about how powerful Jewish families control the world, as one man did at a rally at the Alberta legislature on Jan. 5.

This CBC article does dismiss them by highlighting every fringe character they could find who sought company at a Yellow Vest protest. Assassination by the most marginal of associations – sharing oxygen on planet Earth. How come they never highlight all the perverts and criminals Justin has been photographed with in this manner?.


Sorry, the U.S. remains popular with Canadians — Trump and all

Justin Trudeau crying on cue.

There is a vast amount of space between plausibility and truth. If one believes President Trump is a uniquely awful leader whose brief rule has tainted the United States into something undeniably repulsive, then it is certainly a plausible conclusion that Americans must be eager to leave and Canadians must have no interest in coming.

Likewise, if one believes that Canada under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become a nation of unprecedented opportunity and promise, then it is equally plausible that Canada will be a magnet for American talent — and indeed, the talent of the world.


SIMS: Don’t expect climate-change reparations from Venezuela anytime soon

Let’s hope the bean counters at Victoria City Hall understand some cheques just aren’t coming.

Victoria’s mayor, on the other hand, may be losing perspective. She seems to think some of the poorest people in the world owe her city money.

British Columbia’s capital city is sending letters demanding “climate adaptation compensation” from oil producers such as Chevron and Shell, but the letters are also going to government-owned oil companies in China, Iraq and Venezuela.


Maxime Bernier Says People’s Party Of Canada’s Platform Won’t Tackle Abortion, Gender Identity

OTTAWA — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier says his party’s policies will not include anything to do with abortion or gender identity, despite the fact its first candidate besides him is a vocal social conservative.

Bernier is defending the appointment of former Christian talk-show host Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson to be the Burnaby South byelection candidate for the party he founded after parting ways with the Conservative party in August.

In an interview, Tyler Thompson said her foray into politics began in 2017 when she learned about a B.C. government policy to teach sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary schools. She campaigned hard against the policy, running for the local school board in Burnaby last fall with that as her main issue.