OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a bid Wednesday to mobilize old-guard Liberals in the coming federal election campaign even as he lost another of his star rookie recruits from the last campaign.
Trudeau chose veteran Liberal Jeremy Broadhurst to run the governing party’s bid for re-election this fall. Broadhurst, who is currently serving as chief of staff to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, is to take on new duties as national campaign director by May 13.
The appointment signals an attempt to reach out to long-time Liberals, some of whom have privately grumbled that their experience has not been tapped or valued by the Trudeau team.
At the same time, retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie announced he won’t seek re-election after serving just one term as the Liberal MP for the Ottawa riding of Orleans.
Leslie, a former commander of the Canadian army, was one of a number of so-called stars recruited by Trudeau to run in 2015. But despite his advance billing and a pre-election role as foreign-policy and defence adviser to the Liberal leader, Leslie never made it into cabinet.
“After 40 years of public service … I think it’s time for a different path for myself,” Leslie said Wednesday, referring to the combined years he’s spent in the military and politics.
“There’s other things I want to do as a private citizen … and it’s time,” he added, declining to reveal his future plans.
Leslie said a period of reflection following recent shoulder-replacement surgery was “one of the big triggers” for his decision.
Leslie’s announced departure follows Trudeau’s decision last month to expel two other star recruits from 2015 — Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott — from the Liberal caucus. The former ministers, who quit cabinet amid the furor over the SNC-Lavalin affair, will not be allowed to run under the Liberal banner this fall.
Wilson-Raybould’s allegation that she was improperly pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office and others to halt the criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant has precipitated a steep drop in Liberal support in the polls and propelled the Conservatives into the lead. Moreover, the Liberals are lagging well behind the Conservatives in fundraising and in nominating candidates for the election.
The Conservatives raised $8 million in the first three months of this year, more than twice the Liberals’ $3.9 million. And the Conservatives have nominated candidates in 260 of the 338 ridings across the country, compared to the Liberals’ 181.
Liberal party spokesman Braeden Caley said the Liberals will have nearly 250 candidates in place by late next month. And despite the loss of Leslie, Wilson-Raybould, Philpott and several other veteran Liberal MPs, he said the Liberals have the highest proportion of incumbents seeking re-election of the three main parties.
Broadhurst is stepping into the top campaign job amid these challenging circumstances, with insiders hoping he’ll be able to draw old-guard Liberals back into the fray while maintaining the new guard. This marks something of a departure for Trudeau, who has deliberately kept his distance from many of the old guard in a bid to avoid re-igniting old civil wars within the party.
Broadhurst is a Team Trudeau insider but he’s also got a long history with the party.
Although only 43, Broadhurst has served in senior positions with every Liberal leader, permanent and interim, since 2006, including a stint as Trudeau’s deputy chief of staff. He ran the Liberals’ war room during the 2011 campaign and, as national director of the party, was instrumental in its 2015 come-from-behind election victory.
Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press
Minority Government passes Bill C10 on internet freedom. Opponents pleading with Senate to block it.
Bill C 10 which is expected to fundamentally affect how Canadians experience the internet, has been hammered through the House of Commons. At 1:30 AM Ottawa time, the minority Liberal Government with help from the BQ and the NDP were able to pass the bill. In opposition were the federal Conservatives and lone Independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould. The urgency to pass C 10 before an election call expected later this summer resulted in the Liberals actually shutting down debate at the committee level. That’s only happened twice in the history of the country before now! The Liberals also attempted to pass secret amendments which were caught by the Conservatives and ruled “out of order” by the House Speaker.
Why the rush? Opponents are concerned the Liberals, BQ, and NDP are far more concerned with regulating social media use, than they are with boosting individual Canadians creating new content. It appears the urgency has to do with giving themselves the ability to guide internet content, just in time for the federal election campaign.
OpenMedia.org, a group striving to keep the internet “open, affordable, and surveillance-free” calls the government’s bill “outrageously flawed”. The group published an article called “What’s wrong with Bill C 10?” which asks and answers 8 key questions surrounding C 10. The article provides excellent background knowledge for Canadians concerned about the future of the internet.
OpenMedia says the goal of the bill is to expand “Canada’s Broadcasting Act to apply to all streaming audio or video content on the Internet, including Netflix, Spotify, Youtube, and other popular streaming services.” Streaming services will be forced to make higher payments to the Canada Media Fund which would mean higher rates paid for Canadian users. According to OpenMedia streaming services will charge higher Canadian specific fees, and may even avoid Canada altogether.
OpenMedia calls C 10 a “cash-grab for traditional broadcast industries” which actually does nothing to serve the new wave of content creators who could really use a boost on the international stage. As a last ditch attempt to stop the bill, OpenMedia.org is urging Canadians to email the Senate right now to ask for a REAL democratic examination of Bill C-10.
Conservative critic Pierre Poilievre is especially concerned with the federal government giving itself the power to block unapproved ideas from popular content creators like himself, just in time for the next federal election. Surprisingly, and maybe most concerning of all, both OpenMedia and Pierre Poilievre point out the bill ‘DOESN’T ADDRESS WHAT CANADIAN CONTENT IS’. The current definition of “Canadian Content” was last updated in 1984, more than a decade before the internet changed everything.
Loss of Brother to Addiction and Mental Illness Inspires Sister to Raise Money by Selling Face Masks.
Starting June 10th, until midnight Sunday, June 13th customers across Canada can help raise funds for Mental Health Organizations in their own provinces by purchasing much needed luxury cotton face masks.
Jodee Prouse, from Sylvan Lake, Alberta, co-owner of Service Mask Supply (SMS) is the provider of one of Canada’s best-selling luxury 3-layer Cotton Face Masks. She announced today that they will be donating $1.00 from every mask purchase on June 10, 11, 12 and 13th to Mental Illness Programs and Organizations in communities across Canada. “We all look forward to when we no longer need to wear face masks,” says Jodee, “and we are getting really close. I am proud that we can provide a much-needed product and at the same time allow others the opportunity to come together to raise money for Mental Health in their own communities.”
SMS is excited to announce that for 4 days this week, $1.00 from every mask will be donated to different Mental Health Organizations across Canada. Customers can place their order online, each mask is $5.00, and will ship directly to their homes or businesses. Jodee is proud of her team and orders quickly ship the next business day, leaving from their warehouse in Alberta. All monies collected will go back into each province to where the order was shipped. As an example, Alberta portion will go back to Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Division, Manitoba to Rainbow Resource Centre and so on. This allows every Canadian the opportunity to make a difference and take part.
From the beginning, SMS had an amazingly simple business model, originally supplying schools and oilfield companies: provide comfortable and affordable masks (each is only $5.00) with patterns that make people smile. Smile. It is what Jodee and her business partner son Ryan believes we need more of right now during these unprecedented times. “My son and I, at different times in our lives, have both struggled with anxiety and depression. We lost a much-loved member of our family when our brother/uncle lost his battle with mental illness and alcoholism when he took his own life in March of 2012. He was only 39. This helped solidify our commitment to helping to eliminate the shame and stigma surrounding mental health.”
Now more than ever we want to bring communities together. And remind people they are not alone.
SMS is proud to be celebrating over 17,000 customers across Canada this week. They know that much of their success has been driven by their passionate customers, repeat business and recommendations to family, friends, and co-workers. “It fills my heart to receive not only Facebook messages and emails daily on how much they love our masks,” says Jodee, “but also the heartfelt words where strangers feel comfortable and safe enough to share some of their own mental health or addiction challenges.”
SMS has over 150 unique colors and patterns with such unique designs as sunflowers, flamingo’s, tie dye, dog lover, pretty kitties, fishing lures, butterflies, hearts, breast cancer, yoga, fine wine, pride, cupcakes and many more. Great for work, play, indoors and outdoors too with sizes for the whole family.
Learn more visit: www.servicemasksupply.ca
For more information you can email [email protected]
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