September 1, 2020

Erin O’Toole – Pam Damoff vs Derek Sloan

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A look at the new Conservative leader and what he is promising

Erin O’Toole has won the nomination to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

The Ontario MP, who will take over the party’s top job from Andrew Scheer, won by a margin of over 4,700 points on Sunday.

A record 174,849 ballots were cast in the virtual leadership convention, with O’Toole beating out former Conservative minister Peter MacKay, Toronto lawyer Leslyn Lewis and MP Derek Sloan.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7293277/new-conservative-party-leader-erin-otoole/

In selecting Erin O’Toole, Conservatives elevate hawkish voice on China

he Conservative Party’s selection of Erin O’Toole as its new leader brings to the opposition helm a politician who advocates a far more skeptical approach to China at a time when relations between Ottawa and Beijing are already strained.

Mr. O’Toole, who in recent months has met with representatives of the Uyghur, Tibetan and Hong Kong activist communities, is openly critical of what he calls Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “fawning” approach to China and has described a vision of co-ordinated action among large democracies to press Beijing to change.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-in-selecting-erin-otoole-conservatives-elevate-hawkish-voice-on/

Liberal MP calls on Tory leader O’Toole to remove Derek Sloan from caucus

After O’Toole won the leadership race early Monday morning, Pam Damoff, MP for Oakville North-Burlington, posted a letter to her Twitter account Tuesday, pushing the new party leader to denounce Sloan, who came in fourth in the leadership race, bringing in only 14 per cent of the vote.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/liberal-mp-calls-on-tory-leader-o-toole-to-remove-derek-sloan-from-caucus/ar-BB18p2g7

CSIS destroyed secret file on Pierre Trudeau, stunning historians

Canada’s spy service destroyed a Cold War dossier on Pierre Trudeau in 1989 instead of turning it over to the national archives, The Canadian Press has learned.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says the secret file on the former prime minister was scrapped because it fell short of the legal threshold for retention by either the service or the archives.

News of the decision to purge the file, which is coming to light only three decades later, has stunned and disappointed historians.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/csis-destroyed-secret-file-on-pierre-trudeau-stunning-historians-1.4468120

A Constitution for Canada, and one for Quebec

Nearly 35 years after the patriation of the Constitution of Canada, Quebec remains on the outside looking in, still today the only province that has yet to sign our national pact. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard have the power to make things right, and the Constitution’s 150th anniversary next year is the perfect occasion to do it.

Return to 1982. On the same day that Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed Canada’s new Constitution in front of thousands of cheering Canadians, then-Quebec premier René Lévesque ordered the provincial flag lowered to half-staff. For him, the occasion was a tragedy, not a celebration, because then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau and the other premiers had agreed to the Constitution over his objections and without the consent of Quebec.

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/albert-a-constitution-for-canada-and-one-for-quebec/

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