New Brunswick premier slams Bloc Quebecois on national television over pipeline comments
The Premier of New Brunswick Blaine Higgs went on the offensive on CTV Power Play this morning accusing the Bloc Quebecois of looking out for their own ends while the rest of the country hangs out to dry.
“They’re not interested in helping the rest of Canada trying to drive an economic future with resources that we have while were using them,” said Higgs on television.
The comments came after Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet said his party will fight to prevent any pipeline from being developed in the province.
Higgs pointed out that this position is inconcsistent with Quebec’s energy projects which include selling electricity to the rest of Canada and a natural gas pipeline.
The Bloc Quebecois was able to win a stunning 32 seats in parliament on Monday night’s election.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, 2019 was an unusually bad year in Atlantic Canada for accidents such as drownings and house fires.
The organization notes that residential fires have claimed the lives of at least 24 people in 2019 across the Atlantic provinces.
CTV reported that Nova Scotia saw at least twelve deaths due to fire-related incidents, while New Brunswick saw nine. Both P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador had two fire-related deaths
A single house fire in Halifax claimed the lives of seven children in February. They were children in a family of immigrants who moved to Canada from Syria.
In 2019, Atlantic Canada had about 34 deaths that were water-related. One of the incidents took the lives of seven men who crash landed into a lake while flying in a float plane last July. The plane was on route to a fishing lodge in Labrador.
Apart from the plane crash, Newfoundland and Labrador saw at least eight more water-related deaths in 2019
There were 14 reported water-related deaths in Nova Scotia, P.E.I saw four and New Brunswick saw one.
New Brunswick is about to deal with a medical outbreak.
“Some areas of our province are experiencing a higher number of whooping cough cases than usual in multiple settings including workplaces and schools,” said Dr. Yves Léger, medical officer of health for the east region. “Public Health is monitoring the situation closely and working with health-care professionals and the public to decrease the risk.”
What is whooping cough?
The disease involves a lining of the respiratory tract that is caused by the Bordetella Pertussis bacterium.
Normally symptoms include cold-like problems such as sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and mild cough and worsens over a period of several weeks to include serious coughing spells that often end with a “whoop.”
It can easily be transmitted from person to person, mainly through droplets from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected person.
“The best way to protect yourself against whooping cough is through immunization which is part of the New Brunswick Routine Immunization Schedule,” said Léger. The schedule includes immunization of children, adolescents and adults.
While anyone can contract the disease, whooping cough is most dangerous for babies and young children who have not received all doses of the whooping cough vaccine.
Whooping cough is diagnosed based on laboratory tests and is treated with an antibiotic.
Individuals exhibiting symptoms of whooping cough are encouraged to contact their health-care provider.
Canadian weather can really ruin your day.
According to Global News, more than 60,000 homes and businesses across the Maritimes were without power on Tuesday morning, after heavy storms including heavy rain and high winds took out power lines.
As of 8:20 am, Nova Scotia Power was reporting 247 outages affecting 50,315 customers.
In New Brunswick, 100 outages were affecting nearly 11,000 NB Power customers.
Outside of power outages, the wind was so strong that it blew the roof of one apartment building. According to Environment Canada, top wind speeds reached between 90 and 110 kilometres per hour in some areas.
In response to the massive storm, Saint John has established a temporary centre at Simonds High School for displaced residents. Due to the power outage, the Halifax Regional Centre for Education has also closed dozens of schools.
The parties that could potentially hold the balance of power in the Liberal’s minority government had very different takes on Thursday’s Throne speech when they responded in the House of Commons, Friday.
While the separatist Bloc Quebecois stood in defence of Quebec’s autonomy, the New Democrats assumed their traditional role as defenders of the poor and marginalized.
Bloc leader Yves-Francois Blanchet took particular issue that the speech lumped Quebec in with provinces and territories as one of “the regions of Canada.”
“Let’s make something clear. Quebec is not a region of Canada. Quebec is the land that the Quebec nation shares with a number of First Nations,” Blanchet told the House of Commons, reminding MPs of his party’s raison d’etre.
“Although we may not be aiming specifically for this… Quebecers know that the Bloc is a party based on the concept of independence.”
Blanchet also said that in defending Quebec’s autonomy on matters of healthcare and environmental assessments, “The Bloc is not only representing the national assembly of Quebec but also the voices of the other provinces.”
The separatist party leader also said that Quebec voters turned to his party “because they can’t identify with any federal party.”
“They’re not all sovereigntists, but they’re nationalists,” he said.
Bloc support at the polls tripled their seat count (10-32) in the Commons while the number of NDP candidates were nearly cut in half, from 40 down to 24.
New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh, whose enclave was relegated to fourth party status after October’s election in a Bloc-surge, accused Liberals for “profiting off student debt” while waiving government loans to corporations.
Singh was also skeptical about the Throne speech’s promise to lower the cost of telecommunications services by 25 percent.
“In Canada we pay…some of the highest cellphone and internet fees in the world. It’s not a coincidence because the government has allowed the telecoms to do this,” said Singh.
“Access to the internet is not a luxury, it’s a necessity…(and) the cost of cell phone and internet services are impeding people in their everyday lives.”
Affordable and available housing, as well as making good on a national pharmacare plan that consecutive Liberal governments have paid lip service to, also formed Singh’s response to the Throne speech.
“Across Canada people are making difficult choices every day, about cutting their pills in half or going without the life-saving medication that they need,” he said.
“What is it going to take for the Prime Minister to keep his word and to deliver pharmacare that covers all Canadians?”
The New Democrat leader also suggested that Trudeau talked the talk on indigenous reconciliation, which also prominently featured in the Throne speech, but that the government’s actions fell short of walking the walk.
“I can’t wrap my head around it,” said Singh. “(They) ignore a human rights tribunal ruling, delay the funding to end the discrimination and continue to take indigenous to court.”
At the beginning of October, the federal government filed for judicial review of a Canadian Human Rights tribunal ruling ordering $40,000 in compensation to First Nations children taken from their communities under the on-reserve child welfare system.