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Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:27 pm
by CielOnTap
The 14 persons interested in becoming the next leader of the Conservative Party are going to have to speak in English and French tonight in Moncton, New Brunswick. It's the first bilingual debate and there will be no simultaneous translation for the candidates nor the audience. New Brunswick is Canada's only officially bilingual province. Many of the contenders have been taking French lessons in order to get some French readiness for the debate.

Why bilingualism for politicians especially leaders has become such a hot topic:

Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:54 am
by CielOnTap
Hazel McCallion, the former mayor of Mississauga, Ontario that had a very long time in that role, has had her birthday in Ontario officially named as her day. The Ontario legislature passed a private member's bill to recognize McCallion on her Feb.14 birthday.
A private member's bill introduced by Mississauga–Brampton South MPP Amrit Mangat into the Ontario legislature earlier this year was unanimously approved by MPPs at its third reading before gaining royal assent on Thursday, Dec. 8. Bill 16 names Feb. 14, which is the long-time mayor's birthday, Hazel McCallion Day.

McCallion was at Queen's Park to witness the honour.

Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:15 pm
by fishandchips
Kevin O'Leary is said to be entering the Conservative Party leadership race later this month.
According to sources, O'Leary is working with a French tutor and will commit to becoming bilingual.

But he seems unlikely to enter the race before next week's leadership debate in Quebec City, an event that will be conducted entirely in French.

Feeling certain that a new face in the race will mean more comic material for the fine comedy squad at the This Hour has 22 Minutes show.

Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:02 am
by deja vu
Good news for Canada with this trade deal, especially if Trump decides to get tough on Nafta. ... -1.3983494

The European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday approved the Canada-EU trade agreement after a noisy and sometimes emotional debate.

Roughly 58 per cent of the members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), setting the stage for provisional application of nearly 90 per cent of the agreement later this spring.

A lot of nail biting, but it's done. Just a few changes to be made for it to start working.

Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:06 am
by CielOnTap
The federal budget was delivered yesterday and:
$500 million will be spent over 5 years to track and to fine tax cheats.
All the caregiver non-refundable tax credits are being rolled into one Canada caregiver tax credit.
Taxes on cigarettes and alcohol are going up today and every April 1 thereafter starting in 2018.
The 15% non-refundable public transit pass credit will be eliminated as of July 1, 2017.
Take ride-sharing services? They'll be taxed just like taxi services.
The finance minister, Bill Morneau, had purchased his new shoes from an Edmonton shoe company to wear for his presentation. It is customary for the finance minister to wear made in Canada footwear through the purchase of new shoes for the budget. Oh correction-shoes are designed in Canada but made in Mexico. Interesting.
The sensitivity around previous finance ministers’ choices of shoes would suggest that Morneau knew what he was doing when he picked this particular pair to try on. From Trudeau’s cabinet selection criteria down to his much-cited selfies, this is an administration with a firm handle on symbolism and gimmicks. That the finance minister would wear NAFTA shoes seems no accident.

The Ontario 2017 budget will be presented in April.

The Saskatchewan budget is raising the provincial sales tax from 5% to 6% and will apply to children's clothing (formerly tax-exempt), restaurant meals, and insurance premiums and construction services. The provincially run transportation company will be closed. Low income families will see an increased low income tax credit to assist in offsetting some of the increases.

Saskatchewan has made changes to what it will cover for funeral costs for social assistance clients-the basic cost of burial or cremation remains but not for funeral services and viewings. The latter two items would be paid by clients' families if they wanted the services.

Regina's and Saskatoon's public libraries have also been impacted by the loss of public operating grants.

The Saskatchewan finance minister had his old shoes resoled for the budget presentation. He also made a donation to a family centre that would have covered a pair of new shoes for him. Instead, some children will get shoes.

Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:17 am
by CielOnTap
A week ago, a snowstorm system went to Ottawa and Montreal and the Atlantic provinces with lots of snow to fall.
In Montreal, the falling snow caused drivers to be stuck on a highway for a half-day. Finger pointing over
the decision of not clearing the highway for snowplows or closing it to traffic has led to a provincial investigation.
The debacle on Highway 13, a route that runs from Montreal in the south to the populous suburb of Laval in the north, has already resulted in sanctions against a bureaucrat in Quebec’s Transport Ministry and the reassignment of a Sûreté du Québec officer who has been blamed for the delay in evacuating motorists and passengers from the highway.

The provincial government has also requested an external investigation into what the different agencies and jurisdictions did and did not do between 6 p.m. Tuesday, when two tractor trailers became immobilized in the snow storm, and Wednesday morning, when the last of the passengers were evacuated and their vehicles towed.

This situation is bringing back recollection of the city of Rome's lack of snowplowing during one winter storm as three trucks with snow plows had rusted away. No one had considered keeping the trucks ready to roll for a winter plowing. There was additional context but the equipment could not be used.

Another article about what the snowstorm last week revealed about Quebec as a society:

Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:32 pm
by CielOnTap
I was reading the newspapers and noticed that the writer of the Macleans article about the Montreal snowstorm
and Quebec society was supposedly forced to quit his job or resigned. Chantal Hebert in her Toronto Star
column pointed out the issues posed by Mr. Potter's journalism.

By all accounts those left stranded by the authorities on Highway 13 managed to avoid serious harm by going out of their way to help each other.

As a Montrealer by adoption, I have never found the kindness of strangers to be in shorter supply in Quebec than in my Ontario birthplace. Last week’s storm was no exception.

Absent any evidence to back up his core contention that the Highway 13 saga was a manifestation of widespread societal alienation, Potter fell back on sloppy generalizations about routine double-billing on Montreal restaurant bills (for tax evasion purposes) and ATM machines that spout out $50 bills by default.

Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:06 pm
by CielOnTap
While news reports in January and February were filled with incidents of people being refused entry to the United States, we did not hear so much about
Americans being refused entry (except by countries targeted by 2017 US travel ban). Folks from the US can have a tougher time entering
Canada since a 2013 agreement between Canada and US allows Canadian border service staff to see US charges connected to travellers at the border.
The announcement of a new intelligence sharing agreement between Ottawa and Washington in 2013 likely played a role, according to Tamara Mosher Kuczer, a lawyer specializing in immigration matters with the law office Capelle Kane in Ottawa.

Under the deal, Canadian border agents can more easily detect Americans with a criminal record who show up at the border. Infractions, some decades old, could not be detected before the deal.

“We receive many more demands from people who travelled for years to Canada without a problem and who are now refused entry for a drinking and driving infractions that dates back 40 years,” the lawyer said.

The CBSA refused to detail the reasons for the 30,233 refusals of American travellers last year. People turned back at the border generally receive “permission to leave,” the federal agency said.

Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:47 pm
by alohasand
OK, now it's obvious why some US performers cannot cross the border into Canada. They have incidents registered in the US system that Canadian border agents can read about.

Re: Canadian Political Watch

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:28 pm
by CielOnTap
Canada will celebrate 150 years as a nation on July 1. Here is a list of what celebrations will be held across the country: