Trudeau calls Russia a rival at NATO summit
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We start in Brussels, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is attending the NATO summit – the first to take place in several years without former US President Donald Trump in the White House. You will recall that Trump has called the alliance “obsolete” on more than one occasion. Today, Trudeau insisted the alliance is “more united than ever” against Russia, China and the general threat of authoritarianism following what he called an “interesting” time in NATO. “And it is more important than ever that we are united. As reported by The Canadian Press, he said Russia was more disruptive than it had been in decades, and later said he saw the country as a rival.
Regarding the golf green, Army second-in-command resigned following condemnation and criticism for playing a trick with Gen. Jonathan Vance, news of which surfaced over the weekend. The criticism stems from the fact that Lieutenant General. Mike Rouleau oversees Military Police, which are currently investigating the former Chief of Defense Staff for sexual misconduct. In a statement, Rouleau said he was stepping down effective now. As Global News reports, he was to cede command as vice chief of the defense staff to the lieutenant general. Frances Allen shortly. She will be the first woman in this role. As for Rouleau and Vance’s golf partner, Vice-Adm. CA Baines, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, stumbles over his words and tries to clarify them since he released a statement last night apologizing but also described his actions as a “public show of support. “. It goes without saying, this round of golf has raised many questions about the fairness of military investigations.
On the Hill: While the Liberal climate change bill is in the final stages of passage in the House, Green groups are tentatively approving the amended bill. The current version of Bill C-12 is quite different from the one the government first introduced last fall, after the NDP and the Bloc Québécois introduced a series of successful amendments during the recent clause-by-clause consideration of the Environment Committee . Green groups had pushed MPs to add reporting and emission reduction targets, and more detailed plans to reduce emissions, among other changes. As the committee adopted some of their recommendations, earning lawmakers praise, but groups say some key measures have been omitted, making the bill weaker than similar laws in the UK and New Zealand .
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The Liberals proposed cutting debate in the House of Commons today and force the vote on your finance bill. This decision received the support of the Bloc and means that there will be another 10 hours of debate on Bill C-30 before the members vote on it. Failure would trigger a federal election. In addition to the budget, there are provisions that change supports for businesses and workers, and if the bill is not passed before the House rises for the summer, the aid measures will expire at the end of the day. end of the month when the economy reopens. This story from the Canadian Press.
In Queen’s Park, Premier Doug Ford’s government today passed a controversial electoral reform bill, overturning the Constitution for the first time in the province’s history. To do this, the government invoked the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution, which gives the provinces the power to ignore court decisions and override Charter rights. Instead of appealing the court ruling or introducing amended legislation to accommodate the constraints imposed on the law by the courts, the government used its majority in the House to pass the bill after two days. debate this weekend.
Opposition parties oppose the controversial tactic, which the government withdraws less than a year from the next provincial election. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said her party is “completely opposed to the government using the notwithstanding clause to try to ram through a law that the courts have ruled unconstitutional. Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner called it a “dark day for democracy in Ontario,” while Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca did not hesitate: “There’s a reason no other premier minister in Ontario history, whether Liberal or NDP premier or a former Tory premier, has never pressed the nuclear button like Doug Ford does today. He’s a coward.
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Returning to NATO, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomes a NATO statement confirming Ukraine’s possible entry into the alliance. “NATO leaders have confirmed that (Ukraine) will become a member of the Alliance and that #MAP is an integral part of the accession process,” he wrote on Twitter. however, President Joe Biden says Ukraine still needs to root out corruption before it can become a full member, which Zelensky advocated.
“It depends on whether they meet the criteria. The point is, they still have to clean up the corruption. The point is that they have to meet other criteria to enter the action plan. And so, the school is on this issue. That remains to be seen, ”Biden told reporters at a press conference. “In the meantime, we will do everything possible to put Ukraine in a position to continue resisting Russian physical aggression,” he continued. “And it won’t be up to me alone whether or not we conclude that Ukraine can be part of NATO, it will depend on the alliance and how they vote.”
Biden is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland this week. Before their face to face, Biden distributed a bit of flattery, calling him “brilliant”, “tough” and “a worthy adversary”. Like Biden’s predecessor, Vlad seems to like to be sent a little politeness. However, during his NATO press conference, Biden also warned Putin that the death of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny would damage Russia’s relations with the rest of the world. “Navalny’s death would be another indication that Russia has little or no intention of respecting basic human rights,” he said. CNBC reports.
Back in the UK where the G7 summit just ended and the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four week delay before the end of the lockdown in England. At a press conference, he said “it is reasonable to wait a little longer”.
“We can’t just eliminate the coronavirus, we have to learn to live with it,” Johnson said. “Even though the link between infection and hospitalization has been weakened, it has not been broken.” This Politico story.
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