Interview: Surprise-win Green MP Jenica Atwin wants Jody Wilson-Raybould to join party
The 2019 federal election had a great deal of uncertainty. Up until the polling stations had closed, Trudeau’s Liberals and Scheer’s Conservatives had been level on points, with the other parties scrambling for third place.
However, it soon dawned on Ottawa’s broadcasters that nothing of any interest had occurred. The Liberal’s had won their minority, the Conservatives had failed to convince anyone of their competence outside of the Prairies, and the NDP was, unsurprisingly, swept away in Quebec.
Former B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver will sit in the B.C. Legislature as an independent MLA starting Jan. 20.
Weaver’s initial announcement to step down came weeks after Weaver was diagnosed with labyrinthitis, a disease that causes vertigo, nausea, and potential hearing loss.
It was fully expected that Weaver would step down from his role as B.C. Green leader, though he was not resigning his seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, an essential spot for the Greens and one that the Green Party has held since 2013.
Weaver’s decision to leave the Greens, though, will not have an immediate impact on the B.C. Legislature, CBC reports.
According to a source inside the Green Party, Weaver “intends to honour the confidence-and-supply agreement” that the Green Party have in place to support the minority New Democrats.
Weaver, who himself is a climate scientist, was the lead author of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group which, with Al Gore, went on to win the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Weaver started his political career a half-decade later in 2012, going on to be the first Green elected to the B.C. Legislature. He then ran for his party’s leadership in 2015.
Photos of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his vacation in Costa Rica are showing up on social media, leading to questions on the cost and carbon footprint of his vacation.
Photos over the past few days have popped up on social media, triggering questions over the cost of Trudeau’s vacation to the taxpayer.
Despite searching for a quiet vacation away from Canada, the prime minister has been photographed frequently. On one occasion, Trudeau was pictured with the owners of a luxury farm to table restaurant. In the Instagram photo that the restaurant soon uploaded, Trudeau is seen with a teenager and the owner.
One question of contention, however, is how the prime minister got to Santa Theresa, which is a five hour drive and one ferry ride away from the Capital City, San Jose.
Model and actress Theresa Longo, who was in Santa Theresa at the time, told The Post Millennial that she saw Trudeau arrive in a “grey government looking plane and a couple helicopters.”
If Trudeau did indeed need three separate aircrafts for what would have otherwise been a five hour car journey, then the prime minister may face criticism for his taxpayer-funded opulence, as he did when he went on the trip to the Aga Khan’s private island for Christmas in 2016.
Longo stated that she would “find it hard to believe he would cross on the local ferry,” which is necessary if Trudeau were not to take air travel.
Over the past few days, Trudeau has been criticized for spending large sums of taxpayer money for non-governmental business, as well as for having a large carbon footprint for taking the trip down south. In comparison, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was photographed coming back from his vacation in economy class.
The Prime Minister’s Office did not immediately respond to The Post Millennial‘s queries about the trip.
Another popular picture online posted during Trudeau’s time in Costa Rica shows him with a brown paper bag at a store, but it’s unclear if the picture is authentic.
Correction: A previous version of this article included a video of Justin Trudeau walking after a run in Canada, rather than in Costa Rica. The Post Millennial regrets the error.
After being surveyed by The Canadian Press, Jody Wilson-Raybould was declared “Newsmaker of the Year” for 2019.
Raybould was PM Trudeau’s attorney general who brought to light the SNC-Lavalin Affair, for which she was fired and eventually forced out of the Liberal Party.
It is widely believed that this scandal, among many other reasons, was responsible for denying the Liberals a second majority in October.
Editors from various Canadian outlets told CBC why Raybould was their choice.
“Jody Wilson-Raybould made us think about governance and fairness and loyalty and how all of those things play out every day behind the scenes on Parliament Hill,” said Toronto Star senior editor Janet Hurley.
“She lifted the curtain and let us see inside and, as the election results ultimately revealed, not everyone liked what they saw. Some called her courageous; others were less kind — but in the face of all that she created a national dialogue unmatched this year.”
Sun News editor-in-chief Mark Towhey said, “[This time last year], the number of Canadians who could tell you who Jody Wilson-Raybould was would fit in a mid-size restaurant.
“In 2019, she became a household name at the centre of the biggest political story of the year.”
Conservative MP Ed Fast has rejected Andrew Scheer’s invitation to join his shadow cabinet as the leader needed someone who “fully supports” his leadership, according to the Globe and Mail. Fast is a prominent member of the Conservative caucus, having served in Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet.
Ed Fast is a well-respected figure within the Conservative Party having served as the trade minister. Fast made his decision public only a few hours after Scheer’s cabinet announcement.
Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Fast said, “Mr. Scheer and I recently had a conversation about where I could fit into his shadow cabinet, and I expressed my desire not to be included at this time.”
Fast went on to say that “Mr. Scheer is entitled to surround himself with a team that fully supports his leadership.”
Fast’s comments were interpreted by many in the party as a rebuke of Scheer’s leadership and strategy during the election campaign.
Since Justin Trudeau’s re-election as PM, Scheer has faced increasing pressure over his decision to remain as leader. This pressure, originally coming from former Conservative politicians, has transitioned to disapproval from both the moderate and the social factions of the Conservative Party.
This week, a third-party organization was created by a group of prominent figures within the Conservative movement. This group, Conservative Victory, is devoted entirely to ousting Scheer.
Others in the party pushed back on the recent media reports, saying Scheer has overwhelming support from his caucus and pointing out he won the popular support.