Politics Insider for November 18, 2021: The Three Friends reunite; Trudeau warns U.S. lawmakers of EV tax rebate; Manitoba abandons its fight against the carbon tax
Good morning! It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with US president Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the Three Friends Summit in Washington After the much-needed talk (and light sports hunting, of course) is out of the way, there are big political issues on the agenda.
… But who are we kidding. We mainly pay attention to a clumsy family photo.
Last minute warning: Trudeau spent Wednesday on Capitol Hill and raised concerns with Democrats about an electric car tax credit that’s included in a massive bill they’re trying to push through the House of Representatives “every day now,” Alexander Panetta reports for CBC. (It’s a file that Ontario was missing in action, while its business representative in DC sits empty.)
The prime minister warned lawmakers of a possible “real negative impact” on U.S. trading partners, as the tax rebate would later apply only to U.S.-made vehicles, Panetta reports: from the signing of the 1965 Auto Pact to the new North American trade agreement. “
Moreover, fast international trips like the PM (lasting less than 72 hours) will no longer require Canadians to produce a negative COVID-19 test upon return, the government is expected to announce on Friday (top hat to CBC). Indicate a chorus of colorful comments about the arbitrariness of the three-day rule.
Look there! With everyone atitter about how weak Erin O’Toole watched or did not watch his party meeting after the expulsion of Senator Denise Batters and her election words on Wednesday morning, his party decided to blow up a political box office on a wide range of other issues. It was, of course, a plea for the Prime Minister to stand up for Canadian interests at the Three Friends Summit. (It’s good that they suggested this; there’s just so much to say about the sports.) There was also a screeching of inflation, a statement about the ongoing disaster in BC and a demand that Liberals remove Bill C-10. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It is a distraction from conservative existentialism!
Ume Dume: Among the outbursts of missives came a different kind of press release. Allegedly in response to a slew of media requests, Senate Conservative leader Don Plett’s office sent a one-line message to all Hill newspapers in the middle of Wednesday afternoon asking them to “please note” a tweet Plett posted the night before. (The tweet acknowledged O’Toole’s decision to expel Batters from a caucus, and asserted Plett’s support for the leader.)… And at Global News, Alex Boutilier has the goal that Canada’s Proud of Jeff Ballingall is back in action as O’Toole’s “election readiness” advisor.
Child care is for everyone: So argues our Shannon Proudfoot in a recent klapback to the annotation as it chews a newly-inked Alberta-Canada child care agreement. (Ontario, the biggest resistance, is still working on it.)
“It is bizarre and extremely counterproductive that even in conversations intended to be progressive, child care is often portrayed in a way that is a woman’s issue,” she writes. “You know, a little bit for the ladies if they want to sell Tupperware to earn a penny while Junior is at his playgroup. This message only reinforces the idea that children are the natural domain and default responsibility of their mothers — which is presumably not what the architects of this national child care plan are looking for. “
And so is the carbon tax? Manitoba’s new prime minister, Heather Stefanson, has stopped the province’s legal battle against the federal carbon tax and is ready to negotiate. CP report: she is looking for “a more cooperative approachWith Ottawa … that is, if she manages to keep her job.