Politics Insider for Nov. 9, 2021: Conservatives spread vaccine confusion; Justin Trudeau on the attack; Valérie Plante wins again
Erin O’Toole punished CP lawmakers on Monday for spreading confusion about vaccination, reports CP. He partly replied, comments of Marilyn Gladu, who said COVID does not present the same “frequency of risk” as polio.
“There’s a big difference between advocating for your constituents who may need affordable housing,” O’Toole said. “It is very different to cause confusion with respect to the health and well-being of Canadians. Mrs. Gladu’s interview did that yesterday and it is not appropriate at the same time we should answer questions about vaccine hesitation, not create new questions. “
He also showed comments from Leslyn Lewis and Dean Allison as problematic: “It’s a great example of why lawmakers, of all kinds, should let the professionals, let the public health officials, let the doctors answer questions about vaccine effectiveness or provincial vaccination programs.”
O’Toole declined to say how many of his MPs are not vaccinated. The story overshadowed his attack on Trudeau for considering a ruling arrangement with the NDP.
Trudeau attacks: Justin Trudeau, presiding over his party’s first party meeting since the election, attacked CPC vaccination confusion, but did not mention the talks with the NDP around a possible ruling deal.
O’Toole warned that such a deal is bad for the economy: “This coalition will create billions in news spending that will further raise inflation. And this coalition will mean that. Jagmeet Singh will be able to push forward an even more radical agenda that will threaten the livelihoods of millions of Canadians. “
Divided caucus: The Canadian Press investigates MPs and finds no consensus on the desirability of such an agreement.
Not easy: In the Globe, Campbell Clark comes to the gist of the matter: It would not be easy to agree on the limits of a supply deal, as governments can rely on confidence votes to disable Parliamentary obstructions.
So although the Liberals and NDP could understand the idea of cooperation, and come up with a legislative agenda, they would still have to work out those issues – because they are cutting to the bottom of a parliamentary agreement. . Such an arrangement would typically require the NDP to pledge support on key confidence issues such as budgets, but if the New Democrats relinquished all rights to vote no confidence, the Liberals could thwart many of the demands of parliament.
Not so hard: John Ivison writes in the Post that Trudeau has it easy, considering his opponents.
What about the MPs? Susan Delacourt writes in the Star that Trudeau pay more attention to his caucus.
Not so reliable: François-Philippe Champagne told CP on Monday that Canada only wants to deal with “reliable partners” in AI, a signal that the Canadian rejection of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei as a 5G provider is at hand.
Brilliant campaign: Steve Allan, who ran the Alberta public inquiry into the funding of environmentalists, gave a surprise interview to the Globe in which he says his report should be a wake-up call for the province’s government and oil sector.
“I think the industry and government have really failed,” Mr. Allan said. “It was a brilliant campaign,” he continued, referring to activism opposing Alberta’s oil industry. “It was a brilliant strategy. It was well implemented and everyone can learn from it.”
Inflation threat: In the Post, Kelly McParland worries that Canada’s leaders are too young to understand the dangers of runaway inflation.
Too obedient: In the Hill Times, Susan Riley throws a cold eye on politicians who fall over themselves to withdraw from conflicts with unfettered health workers.
– Stefano Maher