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Singh to Trudeau: ‘Action or another election’

Singh said the cabinet must now make concessions, including acting on a Liberal Party platform proposal to ban replacement workers in the federally-regulated private sector.

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh removed his party’s blanket support for Liberal cabinet bills even though it could plunge the country into yet another election, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Singh said the cabinet must now make concessions, including acting on a Liberal Party platform proposal to ban replacement workers in the federally-regulated private sector.

“This is something that is a longstanding principle of New Democrats,” Singh told reporters.

“We are against replacement workers. We have tabled what’s been known colloquially as anti-scab legislation many times and we will continue to fight for that.”

New Democrat MPs introduced unsuccessful private bills to amend the Canada Labour Code 15 times in 12 years with $10,000-a day fines for employers who hire replacements for workers in case of strike or lockout.

The Liberal Party in its September 1 campaign platform promised to abolish use of replacement workers at federally regulated workplaces like airlines, railways, and marine shippers.

“If they want to get it done and they need the votes — of course they do because we’re in a minority Parliament — we would make sure that passes,” said Singh.

“We would want to see that happen. That is a priority for us and it’s long been a priority for us.”

The Liberal Party holds 160 seats in the 338-seat minority Commons. New Democrats elected 25 MPs.

Singh in the last Parliament said New Democrats would support budget bills and other confidence measures for fear of a general election.

“We will not be as New Democrats triggering an election while we are fighting the pandemic,” Singh said last February 24.

But Singh now said his caucus now has no qualms in defeating cabinet bills if it means the dissolution of Parliament.

“We’re not going to take pretty words for granted,” said Singh.

“We’re not going to say, ‘OK, you talked about it, good enough,’ ‘Oh, it looks like you care about the same things as us, good enough.’ We have seen what happens when we take that approach.”

“I am very skeptical about the words and promises of Mr. Trudeau and the Liberals because they don’t follow through. What I want to see is real concrete action.”

Singh said he had no contact with the Prime Minister’s Office since the September 20 campaign.

Singh said NDP demands include legislation mandating universal, taxpayer-funded prescription drug coverage. New Democrats’ Bill C-213 An Act To Amend The Pharmacare Act was defeated in the Commons last February 24 by a 295-32 vote.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a “political stunt” though the Liberal Party in its 2019 election platform said it would take “next steps to implement national universal pharmacare.”

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  1. Declan Carroll

    October 10, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Allowing employees to hold employers hostage? What could possible go wrong? What happens when the employer shuts the business down (which will happen) and society and the workers no longer have access to income at all? What happens when the young entrepreneur says you know what I want to start a business but it’s to risky. I don’t want to get held hostage by my employees. That is less goods and services to the economy and an increase in inflation and unemployment. SINGH is truly a brain dead individual. No wonder this covid situation has been such a complete and utter failure. If he doesn’t understand simple economics how can he ever be expected to figure out even more complex situations. We are ruled over by tyrants and idiots.

  2. Westcanguy

    October 9, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I wish he would trigger another election. It’s sure fire way to decimate his party.

  3. John Lankers

    October 9, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    What else to expect from this commie, it is his plan to bring the entire nation to a standstill in order to install Soviet style communism. He knows he has Justin by the ‘you know what’, let’s see how this pans out.

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

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With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.

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As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”

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For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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