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It was said today that Parliament would return before the end of the fall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also said his cabinet will be sworn in next month. As to who will attend, all we know at this point is that Chrystia Freeland will remain Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. The cabinet will have an equal number of women and men around the table, what Trudeau has called a “basic starting point”, and there will also be an “appropriate regional distribution”.
In his first full press conference since last Monday’s federal election, Trudeau said the government’s top priorities are to: continue to sign child care agreements with the provinces; the introduction of 10 days of paid sick leave in federally regulated workplaces; make housing more affordable; work on indigenous reconciliation; and fight against climate change.
It comes like Members of Parliament arrive on the Hill and begin their orientation, and Kevin Vuong is preparing to sit in the House as an independent.
Now that the federal election is over, negotiations to bring Ontario into Ottawa’s child care plan can resume – and sources on both sides say they are headed in the right direction. Charlie Pinkerton has more.
In response to a reporter’s question, Trudeau said he would decide whether or not to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from Canada’s telecommunications network in the coming weeks. He has largely dodged the case for the two and a half years that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained in China. Aidan Chamandy has more.
Meanwhile, at the United Nations General Assembly, the two recently released detainees were at the center of a verbal fight between Canada and China today. Foreign Minister Marc Garneau told officials around the world that Canada is applying both Canadian and international law in response to the US request for extradition of Huawei leader Meng Wanzhou, while the two Michaels were paying a “heavy price” for Canada’s commitment to the rule of law. “We continue to oppose the way these two citizens were treated,” he said, adding that Canada “will never forget this experience.” More information on this in Global News.
On COVID-19, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommend that seniors in long-term care homes, retirement homes and assisted living facilities receive vaccine boosters. Given their day-to-day interactions with staff and other residents, their age, and other pre-existing underlying medical conditions, this is a population that is at increased risk for serious illness from the virus. NACI cited the time that has elapsed since this population received their initial injections, as well as the weakening of the immune response that can occur with age when recommending going beyond the two doses. regular.
In Quebec, Minister of Health Christian Dubé announced that public health officials in the province recommend that people in these care settings receive a third dose. CBC News reports.
Still in Quebec, major-general. Fortin was in court today to demand his reinstatement as head of federal vaccine deployment. As CBC News reports, the government says that role no longer exists.
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In other titles:
Elizabeth May has been proposed as potential interim leader of the struggling Green Party (CP)
Canadians Unhappy But Not Angry With Federal Election Result: Poll (CP)
Science Table Says Ontario’s 4th Wave Has ‘Flattened’ And Releases ‘A Wide Range’ Of Case Projections (Global)
Albertans die from COVID-19 at more than three times the average Canadian rate (SRC)
BC data shows dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases among school-aged children (Global)
Travelers to Prince Edward Island will be tested for COVID-19 at its borders starting Thursday (CP)
A “potential anomaly” with the ballot boxes leads to a recount in the riding of Châteauguay — Lacolle (CP)
Don’t Stop Federal COVID-19 Benefits, Companies Say As Expiration Approaches (Global)
South of the border, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, today warned that Al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan could threaten the United States in as little as 12 months. In an appearance before Congress to answer questions about last month’s withdrawal, he said the Taliban, which now controls Afghanistan, is still a terrorist organization with links to al Qaeda.
As the Associated Press reports, he called the 20-year war in Afghanistan a “strategic failure” and said his preference would have been to keep several thousand troops in the country to prevent a collapse of the Afghan government and subsequent takeover by the Taliban. In his testimony, the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin admitted that the collapse of the Afghan army that international troops had spent two decades bringing about “Took us all by surprise”.
Meanwhile, Milley also defended his decision during the last days of Donald Trump’s presidency to call on China to reassure officials that the former president was not going to attack.
“Rebuild better, blah blah blah. Green economy, blah blah blah. Net zero by 2050, blah blah blah. Atconference in Milan today, sacred words and inaction, she also urged people not to give up hope, saying change is “not only possible, but urgently needed”.
In other international titles:
US government will run out of cash by Oct. 18, treasury secretary says (CNN)
WHO horrified by sexual exploitation by aid workers in DR Congo (BBC)
Dutch police arrest politician over alleged plot to assassinate prime minister (BBC)
‘Capital Gazette’ gunman sentenced to several life sentences, plus 345 years (NPR)
PM Haiti: Elections, referendum scheduled for next year (PA)
Greece, France tout European defense autonomy with warship deal (Al Jazeera)
Sudan: five members of the security forces killed in a raid on an ISIL cell (Al Jazeera)
Andrew Fleming: Trudeau wins a minority with a majority in British Columbia
James Cohen: This government must work with other parties to end snow washing
Michael Kovrig has been a very busy man since his return to Canadian soil. Since the weekend, he has had his hair cut, a COVID-19 vaccine, and urged others to do so as well. As the National Post reports, he also discovered he was a bit of a celebrity.