‘It’s pretty clear’ Elizabeth May’s still a U.S. citizen: Immigration lawyer
Despite Green Party Leader Elizabeth May insisting repeatedly throughout her career she “renounced” her U.S. citizenship, lawyers specializing in loss of U.S. citizenship say she’s almost certainly still an American.
“It’s pretty clear that she’s still a U.S. citizen if she has not obtained a Certificate of Loss of Nationality,” said Heather Fathali of Cascadia Cross-Border Law, located in Bellingham, Washington, near the border with B.C. “If she does not have it in hand, she is still considered a U.S. citizen.”
The long-standing Conservative Member of Parliament, Scott Reid, has aggressively criticized Peter MacKay on twitter after the former Harper minister announced his intention to run for the leadership.
After a day of speculation over his leadership intentions, MacKay tersely tweeted “I’m in. stay tuned.” Soon after this, Scott Reid, who represents Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, responded by saying, “Peter, let’s say you’re the leader, and 11 days before [election] day in the next election, a former cabinet minister informs the media that he’s organizing to replace you—just in case Trudeau wins. Can you confirm that you’ll be cool with that kind of writ-period input?”
Both during and after the election, MacKay spoke out aggressively against Scheer’s leadership. One incident that was particularly poignant, was when MacKay declared that social issues hung round Scheer’s neck like a “stinking albatross.” This came only days after the Conservative’s election defeat.
Reid, however, was referring to MacKay’s decision to lay the groundwork for a leadership bid before voters had even gone to the polls.
MacKay denied this story at the time.
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.
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer blamed “Iranian Regime alone” for the downing of a Ukrainian passenger flight 752 Tuesday, only one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put blame on increased tensions.
Scheer’s tweets revealed that Trudeau briefed Scheer on the situation with the downed flight. “We must always remember the Iranian Regime’s actions that led to this horrible atrocity,” the tweet reads.
Scheer then goes on to give a call to action to the Trudeau Liberals to proceed as follows:
1. Immediately implement the Conservative motion passed by Parliament in 2018 to list Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.
2. Demand Iran compensate all victims of the crash, repatriate their remains, and hold the perpetrators of this atrocity accountable.
3. Be prepared to impose Magnitsky Sanctions on Iran if they don’t fully cooperate with the international investigation.”
Scheer calls the demands an “appropriate response” that would move to help the families of victims. “The Iranian Regime can not get a free pass after killing 57 Canadians.”
Iran has begun investigating the incident, as two Canadian Transportation Safety Board investigators make way to the region, with two more on the way. The crew will be sent to analyze black box data.
Several Conservative Party figures have reacted online to the news that Canadian Flight 752 was downed by an Iranian missile.
Conservative MP, Canadian Armed Forces veteran, and potential party leadership hopeful Erin O’Toole commented on the situation on Twitter.
The comments posted only hours after Prime Minister Trudeau addressed media confirming that intelligence from allies showed the flight was taken down by an Iranian missile.
O’Toole stated that Iran shooting down a civilian aircraft “is nothing short of madness,” directly condemning Iran and their regime.
“Whether it was intentional or not, it was an incomprehensibly reckless act that has forever scarred Canadian families and communities,” O’Toole said on Twitter. “Canada must work with our allies to apply pressure on the Iranian regime to submit to a complete investigation so that Canadian families can find justice and closure.”
Other responses from the Conservatives included reaction from Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner, who brought up questions about the crash site and it’s security.
“How is the crash site being secured? What is Canada doing to ensure that it won’t be compromised? What will the process be for repatriating the remains of Canadian citizens? All questions that the government need to answer.”
Others, including former Harper cabinet member and MP Pierre Poilievre and CPC leader Andrew Scheer, gave direct condolences to those who lost their lives.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford also called for an investigation to be conducted into the plane being shot down.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also gave his sincerest condolences, telling Canadians that his government “will not rest” until answers are found.
“The families of the victims, and all Canadians want answers. I want answers. That means closure, transparency, accountability, and justice. And this government will not rest until we get that,” stressed Trudeau to the media.
The majority of the 176 victims were connecting to Canada, including 63 Canadian citizens. The victims included students, families, professors and newlyweds.