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Canada’s 13 premiers are asking Ottawa to allow the country’s provinces and territories to opt-out of federal transfer programs, and to be compensated “fully” for that decision, should they make it.
The request was made following a one-day meeting of the Council of the Federation near Toronto Pearson International Airport on Monday, among a list of asks. The gathering, which had been billed as a discussion about national unity and division after the October federal election, focused in many ways on individual jurisdictions’ ability to maintain autonomy.
The list of priorities that each premier agreed to by early afternoon — which they plan to bring forward to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at their First Ministers’ meeting in early 2020 — includes ensuring that projects within provincial or territorial jurisdiction are exempt from federal environmental impact assessments, urging “robust investment” in infrastructure within the country’s three northern territories, and finding ways to strengthen Canada’s existing fiscal stabilization program.
The CC-150 Polaris Airbus, which usually shuttles the prime minister to world events, is out of commission following a recent hangar accident, CBC News reports.
The nearly 30-year-old passenger aircraft was being towed “by contracted maintenance personnel” at the military’s largest airbase in Trenton, Ont., when it “suffered significant structural damage to the nose and right engine cowling,” according to air force spokesman Lt.-Col Steve Neta. The aircraft rolled into the back wall of a hangar.
The incident comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the NATO summit in London this week. He flew to the U.K. on one of the air force’s other C-150s.
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ICYMI from iPolitics
So, when exactly will the Trudeau Liberals face their first confidence test in the House of Commons?
Probably early next week.
The House is set to open for the 43rd Parliament on Thursday. After the election of a speaker, the Governor General will read the Speech from the Throne, which is prepared by the government of the day and outlines its priorities and plans for the session.
Once the speech is read, the government will table a supply motion in the House, which allows the government to spend public dollars.
This must take place on or before Dec. 10, which would likely make it the first confidence vote of the newly launched parliament.
Keeping with the throne speech, Liberal strategist Shane Mackenzie said he believes the two most important themes of the speech will be national unity and addressing climate change.
“I think that you’re going to hear perhaps a fact check about Trans Mountain pipeline actually getting done — the fact that shovels are in the ground and work is ongoing,” he said.
“And in true Trudeau Liberal fashion, they’re going to also signal that they’re going to continue on climate action with increasing targets, mandating them into legislation and putting forward just transition acts that they promised.”
But Mackenzie, a senior consultant at Ensight, said the Trudeau government will try to use the throne speech to signal to Canadians that the federal government can be above political battles and be a meaningful partner in getting things done, especially in the wake of regionalism and internal divisions affecting the Conservatives.
“The Liberals have to show that their mind is still on Canadians and their priorities, not political squabbling,” he said.
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Around the World
A 12-year-old boy has died and five others were injured in a “deliberate” hit-and-run crash near a school in the United Kingdom. The crash happened near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex. Two 15-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman were also hurt but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Police have launched a murder inquiry and want to speak to Terry Glover. (BBC News)
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has started telling Republican officials he plans to appoint financial services executive Kelly Loeffler to the state’s soon-to-be vacant Senate seat, according to three people familiar with the conversations.
Members of the state’s Republican congressional delegation were among who received a heads-up from Kemp on his decision, according to an aide to a House Republican from Georgia who received a call from the governor over the weekend. (Politico)
China has warned the U.S. it could take “firm counter-measures” if Washington continues to show support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The warning came after President Donald Trump signed the Human Rights and Democracy Act into law which mandates an annual review, to check if Hong Kong has enough autonomy to justify special status with the U.S. (BBC News)
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