Politics Internal for November 17, 2021: The party begins to crumble; meeting with Biden; and strong vaccinations
So, as I was flipping through the daily news to write this newsletter, I read my colleague Paul Wells ’column on how Erin O’Toole went extremely to ground, even with an attempt at a public cut of a senator Denise Batters, who publicly asked for a guidance review. Paul traces the similarities between 2021 and 2019 for the Conservatives: a mixed election result causing a discarded instinct, a muddy idea of who the replacement should be, a radio silence from the man himself.
Two things can unite a shattered party, Paul writes, and one of them is the political power currently not provided the number 2 party in the House of Commons. So that leaves only option B. “In the absence of a crisis, or indeed much of something else, a party is left alone with the voices in its head, ”He writes.
You have Mail: And then just as I was thinking about how to write that column, a new message arrived in my inbox: “Statement by Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole.” Well, you don’t say. “Senator Denise Batters has been removed from the Conservative National Caucus,” he began. Ooooh. “As the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, I will not tolerate an individual being discredited and showing a clear lack of respect for the efforts of the entire Conservative party, which is responsible for Trudeau’s corrupt and disastrous government,” O’Toole said. said.
And if the broader message wasn’t completely clear, Dan Robertson, O’Toole’s leader in strategy, tweeted a few minutes later, “Don’t underestimate @erinotoole.”
Look, I’m not saying an official Ottawa is definitely reading Maclean’s, but …
Also You have Mail: Okay, wait, I’m trying to write this thing in some coherent thematic order, but things just happen, so let’s just do this lifestyle blog. So half an hour after O’Toole released her statement about giving Batters the boot, she fired with a tweet that read, “Tonight, Erin O’Toole tried to silence me for giving a voice to our #CPC members. I won’t be silenced by a leader so weak that he fired me BY VOTE POST. Most importantly, he can’t suppress the will of our Conservative members! Sign the petition: membersvote.ca. “
I think it’s safe to assume that there will be a lot more about this turmoil in the news tomorrow, so stay tuned for updates.
Only Three Me: Meanwhile, at the red team, prime minister Justin Trudeau says this in his one-on-one meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House later this week during the revived three-way “Three Friends” summit, he will press Biden on his Buy U.S. policy and emphasize the importance for both countries of continental trade and interconnected supply chains.
Biden’s protectionist stance, popular with unions and Democrats in Congress, is focused on the auto sector and infrastructure projects, and many business and industry leaders in Canada have sounded the alarm about its impact and restrictions. “Since the election of Mr. Biden, we have talked about our concerns regarding Buy American, which presents a particular challenge not only for companies and workers here in Canada, but also in the United States, due to the integration of our supply chain and our economies. in general, “said Trudeau.
Team Canuck: To that end, the Canadian press reports that the tripartite meetings in Washington between Canadian, U.S. and Mexican leaders will feature a “Team Canada” approach like the one that went through the troubled NAFTA negotiations during the reign of that screaming Mandarin guy you don’t make . hear more about it. New Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly will join Trudeau, along with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade Mary Ng and Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino.
Take the shot or get out: A survey by Angus Reid found that a majority of Canadians support people who lose their jobs if they are not vaccinated. “Nearly 70 percent of respondents supported the idea of firing on-board airline employees, school teachers, police officers, paramedics, firefighters and medical professionals if they did not receive COVID-19 shots,” Global News reports. Smaller majorities supported restaurant employees (64 percent), construction workers (55 percent) and small business employees (53 percent) being turfed for refusing to be vaccinated.