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Re: Canadian Politics 2020
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2020, 09:06:34 PM »
Yes, that's a very different expectation set - the only leadership campaign in my lifetime in a UK political party to have included a major membership rise was that of Corbyn for the Labour party, and that was very controversial - the expectation here is that member recruitment isn't even really the leader's priority, and that leadership elections are conducted between the pre-existing members of the party.
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Re: Canadian Politics 2020
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2020, 09:14:38 PM »
On 26 March the CPC suspended the leadership context despite Peter MacKay pointing out the Canada held national elections while we were fighting the Krauts and Stornoway would be a great place to self-isolate.  They will reconsider the decision on 1 May.

The Liberal minority government tried to grant itself unlimited powers to tax and spend without parliamentary oversight until December 2021, after media protests the opposition parties admitted that that might not be a good idea.  One rogue Conservative MP attended the bare minimum quorum (with 2 metre social distancing ...) against the wishes of his whip to deny unanimous approval to the final bill.

I would say that Trudeau is handling this pretty well because he knows he doesn't know anything about epidemiology, and because for whatever reason this situation does not run into a contradiction in his ideology in the way that all the things he promised in 2015 ran head on into "but I don't want to bother anyone with power."
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Re: Canadian Politics 2020
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2020, 10:51:05 AM »
Something light: former prime minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull released an autobiography, and he and his ghost writer chose Justin Trudeau as their person to tell scandalous anecdotes about, mostly related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Turnbull

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Re: Canadian Politics 2020
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2020, 02:24:46 PM »
Details continue to emerge about the spree killing in rural Nova Scotia during the stay-at-home order by a gunman disguised as a RCMP officer with a variety of vehicles disguised as RCMP vehicles.  Local journalists do not have a lot of resources.

Justin Trudeau has responded characteristically: rather than working to make our current systems for managing and tracking firearms more effective and work harder with border control and US local police to slow the trade in US handguns for Canadian weed, or even finish implementing the bill his government passed in 2019, he wants to ban more semi-automatic rifles.  At present there is not really data to say where most firearms used in assault and murder in Canada come from, but gun crime tends to be related to organized crime or domestic violence (Canada does have firearms storage regulations which reduced the rates of accidents, suicide, impulse crime, and housebreakers picking up some firearms with the video console and the jewelry box). 

And since you can import a semi-automatic handgun and a box of 50 cartridges for the price of importing a kilo or two of narcotics, and hundreds of tons of controlled substances cross the border every year ... But banning certain weapons sounds good on TV, institutional reforms take longer and are harder to explain. 
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Re: Canadian Politics 2020
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2020, 05:48:26 PM »
And humh, the accused murderer was banned from owning firearms for life in 2002, and a neighbour says she reported him to the police for stockpiling firearms and beating his spouse but was brushed off.  While tracking down the suspect in his RCMP disguise, one group of officers shot up a fire-hall because an officer from another unit was standing next to it and they decided that the officer was the suspect. 

The RCMP are the only police force in most parts of rural Canada, and they have long-standing issues with competence, racism, and sexism which a series of directors and governments have been unable to solve.  So again, its easier to pass a new law than to make the ones which already exist effective.

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Re: Canadian Politics 2020
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2020, 06:39:05 PM »
And by 20 April the police submitted a document where "multiple witnesses" said that the accused murderer had boasted to them about having multiple firearms https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/mass-killing-nova-scotia-search-warrant-1.5575059 That often happens in Canada: information just does not jump all the hoops in the bureaucracy to trigger action.

Meanwhile Canada has announced that it will resume issuing export permits to sell Light Armoured Vehicle armoured cars to Saudi Arabia.  They have promised us that they will not use them to commit human-rights abuses and that the videos from religious minorities in their kingdom and Houthis in Yemen are fake news and anyways the factory that makes them is in a strategic riding ::)

What Ensaf Haidar (the wife of Raif Badawi) and Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun and other less famous Saudi refugees in Canada think about this I do not know.

Edit: Oh wow, back in 2011 they had a tip saying that he had caches of handguns and long guns at two specific locations and was talking about killing cops.  Again, murder and arson are very illegal in Canada and it was illegal for the shooter to own any firearm made after 1898, but laws are not magic spells, you have to actually set up systems to enforce them and carry those systems out.
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Re: Canadian Politics 2020
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2020, 07:46:33 PM »
Former BC Green Party leader and current independent MLA Andrew Weaver just tweeted that his two colleagues were not willing to back his threat to reject a confidence vote and go back to the polls over a NDP plan to develop BC's liquid natural gas industry https://www.politicstoday.news/british-columbia-today/weaver-says-green-mlas-were-afraid-to-stand-up-to-ndp-over-lng

Twitter makes everyone stupid and he or a close family member are suffering a very serious health problem which he does not want to talk about (between the lines, his decision to become an independent seems to have been that he can't promise to be at the legislature whenever the Green party needs his vote).

Meanwhile in Alberta, Jason Kenney just withdrew a policy against developing open-pit coal mines in environmentally sensitive areas, and declared that fossil fuels are an essential industry but checking whether orphan wells are leaking or birds are drowning in tailings ponds is not.
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