Scheer promises inter-provincial free trade deal in latest policy speech
In the latest speech during his “My Vision for Canada” series, Andrew Scheer further elaborated on a Conservative trade policy for 2019.
Scheer spoke in Edmonton on Tuesday at the Royal Glenora Club.
During his speech, Scheer took time to criticize the policy failures of the Trudeau Liberals which he accredited for a disintegration of national union in Canada.
“It’s clear that every time there’s a Trudeau in the Prime Minister’s Office, our union begins to crack,” said Scheer.
Accusing Trudeau of dividing and isolating Western Canada, Scheer cited the Prime Minister’s “careless management” of the country as one of his key failures.
“Trudeau’s carbon tax is a betrayal of Confederation’s early promise. The discord he has sown has prompted an unprecedented number of legal actions against his government coming from provinces frustrated at his overreaching,” said Scheer.
As a remedy, Scheer proposed an inter-provincial and nation wide free trade agreement. As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer would engage provincial governments in negotiations to establish such an agreement.
“In the first 100 days of a new Conservative government, I will convene a first ministers meeting with internal trade at the very top of the agenda. The Inter-provincial Free Trade Agreement will be a real free trade deal, like NAFTA, like CETA, like the TPP,” said Scheer.
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Ken Chan, a former military veteran, suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to those closest to him.
“He probably had a lot of pain that he just kept inside, depression being one of them,” said Harold Linder, stepson of Chan’s.
Chan, who took his life at 64, was a veteran who served in the army for 25 years.
Before taking his own life, Chan sent two emails. One email was sent to his co-workers at the trucking company he was employed at. In the letter, he detailed how he felt disrespected. He also expressed love for his coworkers.
The second was sent to federal and provincial health ministers about medical assistance in dying.
Chan sent the emails roughly 25 minutes prior to taking his own life.
“I can’t change the past, but it’s too bad a really good man had to do that,” said Linder of the tragic circumstances.
He said by discussing his stepfather’s death, he hopes to help those who are facing similar struggles.
“Try and love yourself and try and love the ones around you.”
Chan’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
Deaths by suicide within the Canadian veteran population are tragic and a top public health concern, as former Canadian soldiers commit suicide at a much higher frequency than the general population, according to numerous studies.
Western Canada has a new group dedicated to helping founders with disruptive ideas go big without leaving the area.
That group’s name? Harvest.
Set up by SkipTheDishes co-founder and former CEO Chris Simair, Harvest has received initial investment capital from Western Economic Diversification Canada, to set up a large venture builder project.
Venture building firms are similar to incubators or accelerators in that multiple ideas are supported by one group, but also quite different in that normally no demo days are run. Instead, venture builders use internal resources to grow companies from within the organization. In effect, a venture builder is a start-up that builds startups.
Currently, Harvest also plans to leverage the unique infrastructure that built SkipTheDishes, in order to support its projects and is looking to set up offices across the Prairies. Possible cities for the company’s headquarters include Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
According to CEO Chris Simair, the first company in Harvest’s portfolio, Neo Financial, has already grown to over “20 employees with plans to go to market next year.”
The inclusion of a firm dedicated to disruption could also greatly help the economy out west, which according to the Canadian government, has continuously lagged behind provinces such as Quebec and Ontario when it comes to venture capital funding.
WATCH: Trump calls Trudeau 'two-faced' in response to PM caught talking about POTUS to world leaders
At the second day at the NATO anniversary gathering US President Donald Trump called Justin Trudeau “two-faced” when asked by a reporter if he saw the video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau caught on a hot mic talking to other world leaders about him behind his back.
“Well, he’s two-faced… And honestly with Trudeau he’s a nice guy, I find him to be a very nice guy. You know the truth is, I called him out that he’s not paying two percent [GDP on military] and I guess he’s not very happy about it,” Trump said at a press conference Wednesday.
“He’s not paying two percent and he should be paying two percent. It’s Canada, they have money.”
During the NATO anniversary celebration at Buckingham Palace, Trudeau was caught on a hot mic talking to other world leaders about Trump.
“He was late because he took a 40 minute press conference off the top,” Trudeau says in response to another world leader asking why he was late. Although Trump’s name is not included in the conversation, it’s a pretty clear reference to the US President’s press conference with the media earlier on Tuesday.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Princess Anne are all in the conversation, but mostly Trudeau can be heard talking.
“Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. He announced…” Trudeau followed up, with audio not catching the rest of his statement.
“You just watch his team’s jaws drop to the floor,” Trudeau says in another part of the conversation. Johnson and Macron appear fairly animated in their talk with Trudeau, too.
The video was released by the CBC Tuesday night and has spread far and wide through social and traditional media (the CBC video has over 6 million views on Twitter alone and the New York Times picked up the story).
CBC journalist Katie Simpson pointed out that the exchange would like hurt the Trudeau’s administration’s attempts to not upset Trump. Trudeau’s staff have even set up a “friendship room” focused on Canada-US relations, with the main goal of figuring out how to get along with a mercurial and unpredictable US president.
The video captured the tail end of the first of a two-day NATO gathering.
Earlier on Tuesday Trump confronted Trudeau in front of reporters on how much Canada is spending on its military.
Trump called Canada “slightly delinquent” in its military spending, while Trudeau claimed, after getting help from aide during the press conference, Canada is spending 1.4 percent of GDP on military and that his government has increased spending by 70 percent. Many analysts disputed Trudeau’s figures, saying they do not reflect the actual amount of money the Canadian government is currently spending on defence. NATO itself estimates Canada is now spending 1.3 percent of GDP.
On Wednesday morning Trump made UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wait several minutes for another meeting in front of cameras. Late Tuesday night Trump said he “enjoyed” his meeting with Johnson earlier in the day. The New York Times reported he also had a brief, reportedly friendly, exchange with Trudeau as well.
Last year Trump blasted Trudeau on Twitter after leaving a G7 summit held in Quebec, calling the prime minister “meek and mild”. Those comments were in response to a press conference in which Trudeau said it was insulting the US had put tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.
Five students are still in critical condition following a collision between a crane and a school bus in Smoky Lake, Alberta Monday morning.
The crash happened around 8:30 am on Monday near Range Road 180 along the highway according to the Edmonton Journal. The bus was attempting to cross the highway when the collision took place.
The bus was en route to H.A. Kostash, a K-12 school and confirmed to be carrying 14 students by Aspen View Public Schools.
A total of 16 patients had to be assessed by emergency services and or are currently in hospital.
Three of the students had to be airlifted to hospital by STARS and Alberta Health Services said they’re in critical condition. Two more students also had to be transported by ground ambulance in critical condition as well.
A man and a child were also taken in by ground ambulance to Edmonton, both of whom are in stable condition although they have both sustained serious injuries.
One additional patient in stable condition had to be transported to the hospital.
The driver of the crane was also brought to the hospital with minor injuries and the crane’s sole passenger was luckily not injured.
Locals in Smoky Lake have shown a great sense of community by starting a Gofundme page in an attempt to raise funds for the victims and their families. Already, more than $3600 has been raised of the set $10,000 total goal.