What we are seeing: Cabinet speculation intensifies

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Good news for those who were hoping for a few more days of increasingly frantic speculation on Team Trudeau 3.0’s new line of front benches.

As iPolitics reported last week, a date has finally been set for the swearing-in ceremony: October 26, exactly five weeks and one day after the election that gave the Liberals a third round of government, but not with a majority. hold the House of Commons. According to the same PMO opinion, the Chamber will reopen its doors a little less than a month later, on November 22.

Given that timeline, it will likely take a few more weeks for the traditional pre-throne teaser net to start leaking. However, we already have clues as to what is high on the government’s to-do list, starting with the possible expansion of several key pandemic support programs that are set to expire later this month.

Speaking with reporters last week, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland – who will retain his current post in the next reshuffle – underscored his party’s campaign pledge that “we will continue to help the businesses hardest hit” by the pandemic, and “we are now discussing and analyzing … what do, ”although she declined to provide further details.

“Five shows are scheduled to end on October 23,” CBC News reported over the weekend. “Three of them provide assistance to individuals, while the other two provide targeted assistance to businesses.

Although the emergency subsidies for rent and wages can be extended by ministerial decree until November 30, any other “would require the introduction of new legislation”, which could not happen until the new one. Parliament is operational. That said, if there is unanimous support to keep these measures in place, the legislation to do so could be expedited in the House in a single sitting day.

Yet the Liberals can “proceed with two key elements of their environmental agenda without introducing new legislation,” as Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told iPolitics last week.

However, any move to revive their attempt to tighten Canada’s gun laws may have to wait until later in the session, as iPolitics reported last week.

It should be noted that opposition parties are already complaining about the long pause between last month’s elections and the return to regular parliamentary programming, which will likely become a recurring theme in their political positioning ahead of the sitting.

Albertans to vote on equalization system, daylight saving time and possible future Senate appointments

Is it time to restart the process of rewriting Canada’s decades-old equalization system by removing it from the Constitution? What if we eliminated the half-yearly clock change?

Those are the two policy questions on the ballot as Albertans vote in provincial municipal elections on Monday.

However, only one of the two, the change to summer time all year round, would have a binding effect, since the removal of equalization from the Constitution would, of course, require the support of a critical mass of provinces and of territories.

“If Albertans voted ‘yes’ to this question, the Government of Alberta would approach the federal government to initiate such discussions,” said the Alberta election website. Remarks.

“A ‘no’ vote means the Government of Alberta will take no further action. “

As Star Kieran Levitt Explain, it was Alberta Premier Jason Kenney who initially promised to put the equalization system to a vote in his 2019 election campaign, as well as his promise to negotiate a better deal for a province historically responsible for billions of revenues that were subsequently distributed among the “no” provinces. well-off ”.

“At the time, Kenney argued (that) separatist sentiments in Alberta were high – about 50 percent felt supportive of this – and suggested that if he didn’t throw something at them, in the form of a referendum and a fight for a ‘fair deal’, a more pro-independence politician could come and stir up the anger that is brewing in a full-fledged separatist movement, ”he notes.

“Finally on the horizon, Kenney’s referendum day has arrived, (but it) may turn out to be more of a referendum on Kenney himself with the results – leaning towards a yes vote – overruled by his weakened position and fracture, not so -United conservative party.

As for the pitch to end the leap forward and the annual decline, just under half of Albertans say they want to switch to daylight saving time permanently, according to a Léger survey.

If passed, Kenney and his government must “take action to implement the results,” although Albertans “will still be changing their clocks in fall 2021 and spring 2022,” DST no ‘not in the process of becoming permanent before the fall of 2022..

Finally, Monday’s vote will also give Albertans the chance to choose three future candidates to represent the province in the Senate. As is the case with the question of equalization, however, the results are not binding and cannot affect the Senate selection process.

Yet, as Elections Alberta notes, of the nine candidates chosen in the previous Senate elections, “five were appointed to the Senate of Canada.”

A quick check of the last ballot reveals that three of the 13 candidates running are supported by the Conservatives, while three others run under the banner of the People’s Party, the others being listed as “independent”.

Also this week:

  • After even more disturbing revelations the dangers posed by Facebook and Instagram, NDP MP Charlie Angus will travel to the West Block Media Theater to review details of his party’s continued call for “tighter regulation” of social media platforms. (On Monday)
  • The Bank of Canada releases the Fall Business Outlook Survey, as well as the results of its most recent survey of consumer expectations. (On Monday)

Governor General, spouse and small entourage touring Germany

Finally, before presiding over his inaugural swearing-in ceremony later this month, Governor General Mary Simon will make her overseas debut in her role as Vice-Regal Representative with a state visit to Germany. (Sunday to Wednesday)

According to the notice, his wife, writer Whit Grant Fraser, and a “small delegation” who will accompany him on the four-day tour. Poet Laureate Parliamentarian Louise Bernice Halfe-Sky Dancer, Vice-President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada Lisa Lisa Koperqualuk, President of Atlantic Brücke Canada Nik Nanos, and author Kim Thuy, winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Prize for French-language fiction.

Simon’s first official meeting is on Monday morning, when she will join German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for a closed-door conversation before heading to the Humboldt Forum to view an exhibit that the program says “features Canadian artefacts, including two Native West Coast totem poles.”

Later that afternoon she booked for a tête-à-tête with Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by a visit to the Brandenburg Gate with Berlin Mayor Michael Müller and a state dinner at Bellevue Palace.

The next day, it’s up to Frankfurt and a full day of events at the iconic Frankfurt Book Fair, where Canada “is this year’s guest of honor,” notes the program.

“The opening ceremony will also feature Canadian authors Vivek Shraya, Marguerite Atwood, and Josephine Bacon, (who) will virtually join the ceremony ”, we can read in the program, in addition to“ a performance (of) the Innu opera singer Deantha Edmunds ”.

The literary focus will continue on Wednesday, including a “Walking Tour of Canadian Art Installations”, a visit to the Frankfurt Archaeological Museum and the opening of “Canada Night” at the fair.

Earlier in the afternoon, Fraser will host a panel on ’20 of 2020, a collection of essays written by 10 Canadian authors and 10 German authors (on) their experiences and observations of the unforgettable year of 2020, the peak of the global COVID-19 pandemic. “

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