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Trudeau shuffles cabinet as poll shows majority in sight

Trudeau makes key cabinet changes following Navdeep Bains decision to retire from politics




Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made three key changes to his cabinet Tuesday morning during a virtual ceremony with Governor General Julie Payette, following the resignation of minister of industry, innovation, and science Navdeep Bains (Liberal MP Mississauga).

Bains said in a video posted Tuesday on social media that he plans to spend more time with his family, and has decided not to run in the next election.

Foreign affairs minister François-Philippe Champagne will replace Bains as industry minister.

Transport minister Marc Garneau was moved to foreign affairs, becoming Canada’s top diplomat.

Mississauga MP Omar Alghabra, previously the parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade diversification, will take over Garneau’s former post as minister of transport in his first cabinet level appointment.

Former natural resources minister and Winnipeg MP Jim Carr will be returning to cabinet as a minister without a portfolio and special representative for the Prairies.

The cabinet shuffle is viewed by some as a move toward addressing tensions with China, Huawei and the airline industry, in preparation for a spring election.

Champagne will assume responsibility for reviewing foreign investments such as Huawei and predatory takeover attempts amid the pandemic.

Garneau will take over handling Canada’s tense relations with China. This will include working with the incoming Biden administration on key files, such as securing the release of the “Two Michaels”, now detained by China for more than two years in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

Alghabra will be dealing directly with the airline industry as it continues to push for government aid amid the coronavirus pandemic, and on the issue of refunding the costs of cancelled flights to Canadian travelers.

Alghabra said his life experience, arriving in Canada from Saudi Arabia as a student with only one cousin in the country, as a Syrian Muslim and an engineer, has positioned him well to provide insight at the cabinet table with this opportunity to “serve along giants.”

Carr was one of only a handful of Liberals re-elected in the Prairies during the 2019 election, which heightened tensions across Western Canada over resource sector issues and lack of political representation in Ottawa.

In a statement, Carr described the job as being Trudeau’s “eyes and ears in the West, I’m a lifelong westerner and have a deep attachment to the region, Many western Canadians are feeling frustrated. I will work with them, listen to them and advocate for a strong West in a united Canada.”

The latest cabinet occurs amidst rumours of a spring election, and in the wake of new polling conducted by Ipsos for Global News, suggesting that the Liberals may be approaching a level of support needed to win a majority.

The Ipsos results indicate the Liberal handling of the pandemic to date has placed them close to majority territory – as Conservative support drops, particularly in the key electoral background of Ontario – with the Liberals at 36 per cent support among decided voters nationally (up from 35 per cent in December) and the Conservatives dropping to 29 per cent support (a drop of three per cent since last December).

Ken Grafton is the Western Standards Ottawa Bureau Chief. He can be reached at kgrafton@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Charles Martell III

    January 19, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    China approves Justin’s message . . . and will give him their full support . . . like they did with China Joe!

    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe concluded in his post-election report that China interfered in the 2020 presidential election. But career U.S. intelligence operatives refused to back Ratcliffe up in his assessment.

    “They do not see this China threat, like we do tonight, and that’s our problem,” said Lt. General Thomas McInerney, a retired U.S. Air Force general who spoke during the broadcast.

    If the votes had been tabulated accurately, Lindell said he believes Trump received approximately 79 million votes and Biden no more than 68 million.

    The Western Democracies are in their Last Days folks . . .

  2. warrenzoell

    January 13, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Trudeau will call a spring election and win a majority because he knows full well what a weak, feckless opposition he has in O’Toole. It’s as simple as that.

  3. Charles Martell III

    January 13, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    The last two Elections in Canada were Suspect . . . .

    Now with O’Tool doing his best impersonation of Lieberal Light . . . and a few Dominion Voting Machines in Ontario & Keybec . . . the unimpressive Crime Minister could win forever !
    You get to see the massive budget after the election . . . lol

  4. Mars Hill

    January 12, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    President Trump will come to the rescue, MCGA … JT better hope he’s not connected to those Dominion servers in Toronto, conspired with the ccp in the American election or involved in pedophilia…any involvement and he’ll be the Prime Minister of the jailbird bingo club or worse.

  5. GonadTheRuffian

    January 12, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Meanwhile in Alberta; if the polls are correct; the NDP will win the next provincial election. If this happens the Globalists will rapidly take Alberta from its citizens. The majority of Canadians and Albertans are SO DUMB.
    Say goodbye to your money, freedom, and your childrens future!!!!!

  6. Guest

    January 12, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Alberta needs a Premier who isn’t a committed Federalist now more then ever! Trudeau and another liberal majority federal government will slaughter western Canada’s 🇨🇦 Resource industry, but Trudeau will still extort our resource revenue for Quebec to live high off the hog.

  7. godot

    January 12, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Trudeau knows that the NDP is struggling to stay relevant, and the CPC has a weak new leader.
    From 25th – 29th January, the World Economic Forum will hold virtual meetings to discuss the road map of the Great Reset.
    Trudeau has already announced to the world that he is on board with the Great Reset.
    All the indications are that the Liberals will win a majority in a spring election. Trudeau will consolidate his power and put in place the remaining pieces to turn Canada into a totalitarian state.
    Have a nice day.

    • Sanford Thompson

      January 12, 2021 at 6:42 pm

      The billionaires will decide how to redistribute the wealth of the middle class and consolidate power in corporate monopolies. Turn off the TV and cooperate with your neighbors. If we can see past hegel’s dialectic I think they may have over committed themselves.

  8. Allen

    January 12, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Elections are selections, nothing more. This was already suspected, but the states just confirm that. We will continue marching ever further towards global government, with this soap-dropping puppet playing the role of piper.

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Police on the hunt for armed killer who gunned down man in Coquitlam Park

Dozens of witnesses potentially saw the shooting occur.




Police are calling on the public to help them locate the person responsible for killing a 20-year-old man next to a basketball court, where there may have been more than a dozen witnesses.

On April 19, about 6:30 p.m., Coquitlam RCMP members rushed to Town Centre Park to investigate calls of a shooting.

When police arrived, they found Bailey McKinney lying on the ground. He was pronounced dead at scene.

“We believe this was a case of an individual being targeted for murder and not the park itself,” said Sgt. Frank Jang, of the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

“Unfortunately, we know too well that these types of events can happen in any community.”

IHIT has control of the investigation and is working closely with the Coquitlam RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

Now police are looking for anyone who might have seen something, or has other information that would help Mounties nab a suspect.

“We are aware that there were several people in the immediate area when the shooting occurred,” Jang said.

“Many of them fled the scene, understandably, from the shock of having witnessed a shooting. However, if you were one of those people, we need you to come forward now.”

McKinney was known to police, and cops said he had conflict with certain individuals who may be responsible for his murder.

McKinney was due to be in court next month for a litany of charges — including drug charges and assault with a weapon, to using a firearm during a criminal offence, and uttering threats to kill or cause bodily harm — acquired late September when he was involved in crimes in Coquitlam.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.

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They’re home! Police give pupdate on stolen bulldog babies

Three American Bulldog puppies were stolen April 10 during a break and enter.




With dogged determination, Surrey Mounties have recovered the last two of three puppies stolen 10 days ago.

Three American Bulldog puppies were stolen April 10 during a break and enter at a home in the 17400 block of 8 Avenue.

One of the three stolen pups was quickly returned to the owners two days later, on April 12, when officers, acting on public tips, located one of the puppies that had been sold to an unwary attendee at a car show in Mission, BC.

Then, four days ago, Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team found the remaining two puppies. The wee pooches were returned to their owner and then reunited with their mom.
RCMP did not give details of the rescue, but did note the owners are very grateful to the public.

“Everyone feels good about being able to return these little pups to their family, and it was made even better by the fact we did it with help from the public,” said Cpl. Dan Barrows, of the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team, said in a release.

“This was a rewarding investigation for our officers.”

The puppies — valued at about $3,000 apiece — were last seen snuggling their mom.

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard. mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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B.C. father of transgender girl to appeal sentence and fine

The father reached a plea bargain deal for a 45-day sentence and 18 months probation – but B.C. Supreme Court Justice Michael Tammen decided to sentence C.D. to six months in jail.




The B.C. father of a teenaged girl given male hormones against his wishes will appeal his sentence and fine for criminal contempt of court.

C.D., as he was known in court documents, pleaded guilty to the charges last week and was sentenced on Friday. He defied orders not disclose details that would reveal his child’s identity or that of the doctors responsible for cross-gender treatment. 

The father reached a plea bargain deal with prosecutors who recommended a 45-day sentence and 18 months probation. However, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Michael Tammen decided instead to sentence C.D. to six months in jail.

C.D.’s lawyer Carey Linde told the Western Standard he hopes to get his client out on bail while he appeals the sentence.

“We’re doing the bureaucratic steps to try to get him out,” Linde said.

“It depends on what the Crown’s position is going to be. And they’re not going to take a position until they can read the judgment. And the judgment has not been posted yet.”

Linde believes the sentence is excessive, especially given the plea deal.

“The responses that I’m getting from lawyers who are criminal lawyers say that…it’s absurd,” Linde said.

In his decision, Tammen said: “I do not accept (the father’s) intention was otherwise than to attempt to undermine the authority of the courts and overall administration of justice… Moreover, I expressly reject (the father’s) sworn assertion … that he had no desire to share information that would harm (the child).”

Linde said: “The judge has gone off the deep end of law and order. Why? He gave a very reasoned argument, if you agree with him…justifying draconian measures.”

In his decision, Tammen said: “No member of the public can decide when, in what circumstances and which court orders to follow… Unless and until successfully appealed, court orders must be obeyed. They are part of the legal fabric of society and, thus, the law. Without the ability to enforce court orders, and if citizens were free to disregard them at will, there would not be democracy but anarchy.”

Linde believes Tammen never grasped what his client tried to do.

“He never understood it. He kept coming back and talking about you can’t avoid punishment, people aren’t free to go out and break the law because they think it goes against their conscience. But that’s not what civil disobedience is, Civil disobedience, says, ‘I do this in the knowledge and the acceptance of being punished.’ So my client always knew that he would get something.”

In court, C.D. said, “I’ve never once gone after my child for the choice she made wanting to be a male…I only tried to prevent her from making a medical choice she might regret later.”

When asked if he planned to continue his campaign in the future, the father said he had already done his part, adding, “I pass the torch on.”

Tammen granted C.D.’s 46 days jailed in pre-trial custody to count towards the 180-day sentence. C.D.’s crowdfunding website, which contained materials in breach of the court orders, had raised more than $50,000. Tammen instructed the father to donate $30,000 to a children’s charity within six months of his release from jail. Linde also plans to appeal the fine.

Linde said his client’s goal was to raise public awareness on “the school programs [that teach gender fluidity and transgender concepts]; the Infants Act, which allows doctors to do what they’re doing legally; and rapid onset gender dysphoria…You and I are talking, where we wouldn’t have two years ago. These things are moving.”

When asked about his client’s mood following the long sentence, Linde said,

“Obviously, he’s not happy, he would rather it didn’t happen…He doesn’t object to being sentenced…[but feels] he’s been singled out somehow, misunderstood…

“He pled guilty. And his evidence was that he had accomplished what he set out to accomplish. He never asked for any of this. He was a defendant…And he just wants to go back to live as much as he can the life he had before all this happened to him.”

Harding is a Western Standard reporter based in Saskatchewan

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