Because this one is officially done.
DISCLOSED YESTERDAY: Cabinet granted itself power to borrow $350,000,000,000 – more than entire fed budget. Approved in Bill C-12 passed by MPs in 15 minutes without reading legal text. https://t.co/DTKqGEPq1P @Bill_Morneau @FinanceCanada @markstrahl #covid19Canada #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/dwEXOH48Jw
— Holly Doan (@hollyanndoan) April 1, 2020
Now is the time at SDA when we juxtapose again!
Washington, DC – March 30, 2020: Trump unveils new five-minute coronavirus test device
Ottawa, ON – March 31st, 2020: “our next-generation manufacturing supercluster will be leading companies in developing and scaling up new technologies to test and to treat Canadians.”
Flashback to SDA, March 27th: This is GAME CHANGER. Abbott to market, starting next week, a fast point-of-care #coronavirus test, delivering positive results in 5min and negative results in 13min. Will deliver 50K tests/day to start. Kudos to Abbott and FDA’s Jeff Shuren and team at CDRH who are in the fight.
March 31, 2020: On Tuesday, March 31, President Trump is expected to issue final rules rolling back the fuel-efficiency standards set during the Obama administration
April 1, 2020: CARBON TAX STILL GOING UP: Set to increase 50% despite global pandemic
Related: MPs, who fled Ottawa over concerns about COVID-19 on March 13, will pocket a pay raise on April 1…
The COVID-19 pandemic ended the secret handshakes and deal-making in the world’s power corridors, but Canada’s campaign for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council is full steam ahead.
Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and International Development Minister Karina Gould confirmed the continuing campaigning in separate interviews with The Canadian Press this past week. […]
Champagne and Gould say that Canada’s international stature has grown because of its response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which so far includes a $50-million foreign aid package, but some ex-diplomats say Canada needs to spend more in that area to win votes.
Update: Now is not the time for math.
Reporter: “PM, do you have an estimate for costs of wage subsidy?”
Trudeau: *puts Blue Steel eyes on, stares at camera, and repeats his talking points…*
“Prudent fiscal decisions in past years allows us to spend now.”
Reporter: “do you have a ballpark?” 🙄😂
— HoCStaffer (@HoCStaffer) March 30, 2020
Sources told @globalnews the new draft was expected to drop controversial portions that allowed for sweeping and unprecedented powers of borrowing and spending for cabinet Ministers #cdnpoli #COVID19 #coronavirus
— Mercedes Stephenson (@MercedesGlobal) March 25, 2020
Pray that Quebec has the fortitude for what is about to befall her.
Raining from the sky.
REMINDER: Conservatives were ready to pass the aid package early this AM. The gov turned the aid bill into a power grab and threw the day into turmoil. We asked them to remove the power grab. They have not gotten back to us. As of 11:39pm, we haven't seen a new bill
— Pierre Poilievre (@PierrePoilievre) March 25, 2020
And another. Can I call em or can I call em?
My heart goes out to the employees of @Bombardier & Canadians whose jobs are affected by #COVID19. We will be there for you. Our government is taking the necessary steps to get you financial help as quickly as possible. That’s why we’re meeting in the @HoCChamber today. pic.twitter.com/ZHdqv2WdqR
— Pablo Rodriguez (@pablorodriguez) March 24, 2020
A Canadian company says it can ramp up production within days of potential life-saving ventilators, once it gets final instructions from the federal government.
Countries are scrambling to avoid the nightmarish scenario unfolding in Italy, where doctors are grappling with which patients to save because there aren’t enough breathing machines to serve all the critically ill victims gasping for air.
The Toronto-based medical supplies company has a letter of intent from the federal government to purchase machines and says it can drastically scale up production once it receives one critical detail:
How many machines does the government want?
The Canadian government will soon roll out millions in foreign aid spending to help combat the spread of COVID-19 abroad, particularly in refugee camps and developing countries, says International Development Minister Karina Gould.
And them too! Ottawa to take charge of housing asylum seekers for 14-day isolation period
Update: Trudeau cracks. Canada will return irregular immigrants who attempt to cross the US border.
(Good work by the Rebel!)
Cabinet cuts short questions as Dr. Tam confirms dire pandemic predictions
Liberal government suspends systematic destruction of the Canadian economy to announce emergency aid to the economy;
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled a sweeping $27-billion emergency aid package that offers immediate and direct help to Canadians and businesses, plus $55-billion in tax deferrals, to help them survive the severe economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The massive stimulus package will inject cash into businesses to keep workers on the payroll even if they have been sent home and bolstering federal benefits and employment insurance programs.
“The measures we are announcing today will provide up to $27-billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus $55-billion to meet liquidity needs for Canadian businesses and households through tax deferrals to help stabilize the economy,” he said. “This $82-billion in support represents more than 3 per cent of Canada’s GDP.”
The Prime Minister told a news conference that Ottawa is taking direct action to help Canadians who don’t qualify for employment insurance or don’t have access to paid sick leave.
“Our government will introduce the emergency care benefit which will provide money every two weeks to workers who have to stay home,” he said. “People will receive this benefit for 14 weeks for an amount comparable to the amount that would be paid through EI.”
The new benefit will apply to Canadians who fall ill and have to self-isolate, he said.
Nothing about the carbon tax, oddly enough.
Per the announcement this hour from the late Prime Minister: Canada to bar entry to all travellers who are not citizens or permanent residents. Exceptions will be in place for U.S. citizens, diplomats, crew and immediate family members of citizens…
And crossings via Roxham Road, one presumes.
If the Trump admin issues the same in coming hours, I think it’s safe to assume Trudeau’s hand was forced by a courtesy call from Washington.
Related: Mexico is getting that wall.
Life comes at you fast.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu offering a pretty compelling reasons why enacting wide travel bans and border shutdowns aren't productive. pic.twitter.com/FpVpC7Q6h1
— Justin 'ISIS Says Wash Your Hands' Ling (@Justin_Ling) March 13, 2020
Update: France has gone into full lock down for 15 days.
And also, San Francisco.
#BREAKING Federal Ministers just spoke with reporters about a major announcement coming on Monday regarding Canada's response to the #coronavirus #covid19 – here it is.#cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/jrM7R35IRy
— Natasha Fatah (@NatashaFatah) March 15, 2020
In the US, the CDC has issued an advisory that gatherings of 50 or more be cancelled, nationwide.
@CP24 JUST IN: CBSA employee at Toronto Pearson tests positive for COVID-19
And nobody can figure out why.
Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia are now all sending provincial officials to airports out of concern that CBSA agents are not telling people about the 14-day isolation period. Pretty massive abdication of federal responsibility. Other provinces should quickly follow suit https://t.co/29Nsgn3kqf
— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) March 16, 2020
I came back yesterday from Dubai airport to Pearson there were zero measures. This tweet is a lie.
— shahjahaan (@shahjahaan1) March 15, 2020
Adam Radwinski is “baffled”.
@PhdParody: Rumours from the water cooler … things are bad when I hear about sick politicians in Canada from Chinese officials before it’s released in Canada…talk about a leaky ship.
The good ship “Federal Budget” looks like it is about to hit the rocks. Expect a broken promise as the federal debt/GDP ratio rises with moribund growth in the first half of 2020.
What could also happen is something that we have not seen for some time: federal program spending outstripping revenues. This is called the primary (or operational) deficit when a government not only can’t cover debt interest payments (totalling $23.9 billion in 2018/9) but also its program expenses.
A primary deficit has not appeared since the fiscal years 2009/10 and 2010/11 when a severe global financial recession took place. For two decades prior to 2009, we had only federal primary surpluses. Even in the latter Mulroney years with a deep 1990-91 recession, Canada ran a primary surplus. The real story was profligate spending during the Pierre Trudeau years resulting in a string of primary deficits starting in 1975/76 for over 12 years, even during robust growth years. […]
And this looks to happen in 2020
Warren Buffett’s investment company Berkshire Hathaway has decided not to invest $4 billion in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant by the Saguenay port, according to Radio-Canada.
The marine terminal to ship LNG to overseas markets is slated to be built roughly 230 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, at a cost of $9.5 billion.
News broke Thursday morning in La Presse that Berkshire Hathaway was walking away from the project.
Stéphanie Fortin, head of communications for the company behind the project, GNL Québec, confirmed the company had lost a significant potential investor, but did not want to say who it is.
She did say, however, that the company lost the investor because of the “current Canadian political context.”
It’s good to be King.
In 1215, the Magna Carta began the hereditary monarchy’s eventual loss of power in England, but it was not until 1688 that the Glorious Revolution finally ended the divine right of kings in the United Kingdom. These were significant events in the achievement of democracy, one of mankind’s great accomplishments. Yet last Sunday, 332 years later, the governments of Canada and British Columbia entered into an agreement with the Wet’suwet’en nation that explicitly recognizes its hereditary governance system. As a result, a central tenet of Canada’s system of government will not apply to the way some Indigenous peoples govern their affairs. […]
The hereditary chiefs are understandably delighted with the agreement and feel their historical claims were finally recognized. But how will entrenching hereditary leadership affect the lot of community members? What will be the chiefs’ authority and jurisdiction and what will fall to the democratically elected band councils? Will the people be able to overrule leaders they did not chose? How will differences between the hereditary chiefs, the band councils and community members be resolved?
Then there are broader questions about the development of Canada’s vast natural resources. To whom will the constitutional requirement for consultation apply? Hereditary chiefs, band councils or both? So far, the courts have decided that consultations do not imply a veto right. But the prime minister has promised to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples this year. How will the courts interpret its requirement for “free, prior and informed consent” and to whom would that apply?
Related: Your money. Their power.
Those tax revenues will start pouring in any day now;
Canopy Growth Corp. said it will shut down two major cannabis production facilities and lay off about 500 staff in an effort to restructure its operations to better address changing consumer demand in the Canadian pot sector.
The Smiths Falls, Ont.-based company said its facilities in Aldergrove and Delta, B.C. represent about three million square feet of production space and will be shuttered, resulting in the reduction of about 500 jobs. Canopy will also halt plans to build a greenhouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., the company said.[…]
Canopy’s announcement comes amid a recent string of similar moves by other Canadian cannabis producers that have laid off staff in an effort to cut costs and become profitable. Last month, Aurora Cannabis Inc. announced it would lay off about 500 people, while Tilray Inc. said it would reduce its 1,450-odd workforce by about 10 per cent, and the Supreme Cannabis Co. announced plans to reduce its headcount of 700 by about 15 per cent.