Liberal MP avoids carbon tax by fuelling campaign vehicle in the U.S.
According to Toronto Sun reporter and columnist Brian Lilley, Liberal MP and candidate Rene Arsenault was caught filling up his campaign vehicle in the United States, where there’s no carbon tax.
In a photo shared on social media, a blue Nissan with Arsenault’s name and the Liberal party logo is seen being fueled by a blurred out figure at Bob’s Service Center in Madawaska, Maine.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he’s willing to help bridge the current divide between Western Canada and the federal government. However, he says that no job has been offered and that speculation over the possibility of his being appointed as a representative of Alberta in a federal cabinet is “silly.”
“No job has been offered, nor no job has been contemplated,” Nenshi told CTV’s Question Period in an interview aired Sunday. “Probably it’s wrong, but I am enjoying all this speculation because it’s so silly.”
Following the election, concern over Western representation in government has been steadily growing, as Conservative candidates, with the exception of one NDP candidate, swept both Alberta and Saskatchewan. This means that the Liberals lack a seat in parliament to represent either of the provinces and their interests.
Recently, Nenshi said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling #Wexit and separatist sentiment in Alberta “very real.”
“Of course the (Trans Mountain) pipeline has to get built, of course we need to re-examine Bill C-69 which my premier calls the No More Pipelines Bill, but is actually much more dangerous than that,” Nenshi said.
Neshi says that Bill C-69 will not only stifle the oil industry’s growth but will also make other infrastructure projects significantly more difficult in the province.
According to The Canadian Press, speculation over whether Nenshi will represent Western Canada was triggered by comments made by Trudeau following the election.
These comments came Thursday when Trudeau said he has no intention of forming a coalition government but does need to be more collaborative to bridge the regional gaps between Canadians.
Along with Nenshi, former Alberta premier Alison Redford has also been pegged as a possible Trudeau confidant and representative. In a CTV Question Period, she says that she would be happy to assist the Liberals in addressing Western representation at the federal level. However, like Nenshi, she has yet to be asked.
“I haven’t been asked. I am happy to help in any way,” she told CTV’s Question Period.
“This is something Canadians have been thinking about for a long time and I think the key is that there has to be a lot of voices at the table.”
On October 24, Alvin Tedjo, a hopeful candidate vying for leadership of the Ontario Liberals, announced his campaign promise to merge the Catholic and public school boards in Ontario according to the Toronto Star. To achieve this, Tedio says that it is necessary to eliminate all public funding to a separate Catholic school board.
“For students, this change means the convenience of attending their closest school, less time on the bus and access to an optional religious curriculum,” Tedjo said Thursday.
“For teachers and early childhood educators, it means smaller class sizes, availability of more resources and the freedom to teach in any publicly funded school.”
Despite being Catholic himself, Tedjo says his move makes fiscal sense and that it’s necessary to have all four school boards merged into secular French and English schools.
“As a Catholic, I have a choice, but others don’t have that choice.”
Tedjo says that by merging Catholic school boards with the public, Ontario could save between $1.2 and $1.6 billion, citing a 2012 Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods study.
Tedjo has entitled his plan “Learning Together,” and has drawn inspiration from Quebec, Manitoba, and Newfoundland which have done the same.
“For students, this change means the convenience of attending their closest school, less time on the bus and access to an optional religious curriculum. For teachers and early childhood educators, it means smaller class sizes, availability of more resources and the freedom to teach in any publicly funded school,” said Tedjo in a news release.
“Learning Together would also see more class offerings in STEM and the arts, as well as improved mental health resources and supports for students with special needs.”
Despite the controversy, and the fact Tedjo has three children enrolled in Catholic education right now, he says that Learning Together will allow the merged school board to incorporate the strengths of both and provide a better education and school experience for all kids in the province.
Justin Trudeau’s Environment Minister Catherine McKenna had her office vandalized overnight on Wednesday.
The vandals spray-painted a sexist slur in red paint on her constituency office window. “C***” in all-caps was found on the front of the office Thursday morning.
McKenna responded to the obscenity by stating, “This is really beneath us as Canadians. I’m angry and, quite frankly, really disappointed.”
McKenna has often been subject to online trolling through her role in promoting the federal government’s carbon tax, including Rebel Media promoting the sexist nickname “Climate Barbie”. McKenna was also subject to similar offensive graffiti throughout the campaign trail, with offensive words being scribbled on lawn signs.
Recently she’s needed to have a security detail accompany her.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has stated that his government “is going to pursue” a legal challenge against the federal carbon tax, according to the CBC. By doing this, the Ford government will be upholding a long-term commitment first made during the Ontario provincial election.
Ford’s intention to take the carbon tax to court will come as an immediate threat to Justin Trudeau’s second term, just days after he was reelected. When Ford was asked about the Progressive Conservative’s carbon tax plan, he stated that “we will see it through.”
Despite the Ontario Premier’s determination, the Progressive Conservative government has had a difficult time repealing the carbon tax. In June, Ontario’s highest court struck down his government’s challenge.
Nevertheless, Doug Ford will now begin to build a case that he can take to the Supreme court. Previously, the Premier has stated his willingness to spend $30 million on this case.