Adam: McKenna says she won't run for Ottawa mayoralty — but hope springs eternal
Catherine McKenna has ruled out running for mayor of Ottawa — ever, she says. That’s a real pity because she would be an ideal candidate. In a surprise announcement last week that she was leaving federal politics to spend more time with her family, the Ottawa Centre MP and infrastructure minister also expressed no interest in running for mayor. “Jim Watson, I am not running in the next mayoral election, or ever,” McKenna said , addressing the mayor by name. “Hopefully, that’s definitive. It’s not even possible.” Ottawa has a thin pool of serious, substantive and diverse candidates with great ambition for the city. If, indeed, some are out there, they are hiding.
In the run-up to the election, the federal political parties have been falling over each other trying to be the first in line to kiss François Legault’s ring. That gives the province and its premier an importance they haven’t had in a long time. © Provided by The Gazette Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Quebec Premier François Legault before their meeting in Montreal, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Tom Mulcair says the Trudeau government did not mount any real opposition to Bill 21, which discriminates against religious minorities, and has not shown any inclination to get in Legault's way over Quebec's new language legislation, Bill 96, either.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals still rule the roost in Greater Montreal, but the Bloc Québécois continues to nip at their heels. Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet has to play his own cards wisely because Legault is of two minds about seeing more separatists elected federally.
Van Dusen: Read the entrails — an early federal election call is more likely than not
Considering all the ways in which so many of the mechanisms of electoral politics have become subjugated to a combination of digitization and the curse of expertise, the question of when to call an election remains a remarkably old-school, gut-check process. Yes, there are polling numbers flooding our timelines. In mid-size, taupe hotel conference rooms across the exurban archipelago of this great nation and in both official languages, focus groups are busy nodding, wincing or spit-taking to a deluge of tag lines juggled into every possible sequence and alliterative jumble. Ministers are tweeting from the road and the rails .
Legault is very much aware that a resurgent Bloc would be able to provide support and resources to rival Parti Québécois in the next provincial election. At the same time, Legault’s stratospheric approval numbers probably give him enough confidence to continue to push for as great a vote split as possible, including more Bloc seats, with a view to impeding the Liberals from achieving their goal of regaining their majority.
The current minority status for the Liberals has moved up to the front burner such longtime provincial plans as the NDP childcare program in B.C. and high-frequency trains out of Quebec City. Whether these would ever see the light of day if Trudeau gets a majority is of concern from Victoria to St. John’s.
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Happy birthday to Tom Hanks! The Hollywood icon celebrated turning 65 on Friday, July 9. RELATED: Tom Hanks Urges His Fellow Americans To ‘Learn The Truth’ About The Tulsa Race Massacre Rita Wilson marked the occasion by sharing a charming photograph of her beloved husband. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rita Wilson (@ritawilson) "Riding into 65 better than ever," she wrote, while captioning a photo of Hanks on a bike.
The provinces like a federal minority government. The Liberals? Not so much!
One subject that will come back into focus during the campaign and that may help decide whether the Liberals get a majority is their treatment of minorities.
Quebec’s Bill 21, which egregiously discriminates against religious minorities, was already an issue during the 2019 campaign. Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May all refused to take a stand, evidently not wanting to ruffle feathers in Quebec. Scheer got nothing for his efforts and Singh lost virtually all of his Quebec seats anyway. Trudeau mumbled that he might do something, maybe, some day. His attorney-general, the weakest since the Charter was adopted, has refused to intervene in the court challenges, leaving that instead to community groups and individuals.
Tom Brady Wins Best Male Athlete at the 2021 ESPY Awards, Thanks Buccaneers Teammates
Tom Brady made sure to note that despite being named best male athlete, football is a team sportTom Brady was named the best athlete, men's sports during the 2021 ESPY Awards at The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City on Saturday.
Bill 96, now before the National Assembly, would remove minority language rights by amending the Canadian Constitution unilaterally. The Trudeau government has made it amply clear that it is not planning to get in Legault’s way here, either.
Legislative hearings on Bill 96 will be held in Quebec City in September, as the federal campaign is in full swing. It will become an issue.
Keep an eye on which federal party leader might have the courage to finally break away from the pack mentality and take a principled stand for minority rights in Canada.
The Liberals have historically had a lock-grip on the votes of ethno-cultural minorities in Canada’s largest cities.
Watching the moving memorial for the London family killed in what the authorities have said was a terrorist, Islamophobic rampage, one couldn’t help be struck by the especially warm welcome reserved for Jagmeet Singh. He has an ability to speak to the aspirations and the reality of so many who feel left out in Canadian society. The NDP’s current high numbers, on the verge of the campaign, are a source of real concern for the Liberals, as they could wreak havoc for them in the seat-rich Greater Toronto area.
Tom Hiddleston Jokes About Working With ‘Alligator Loki’: ‘He’s Clearly The Superior Loki’
Tom Hiddleston has some great “Loki” co-stars. The actor was asked on Monday’s “Tonight Show” about Alligator Loki, one of the variants of the god of mischief, which in reality did not resemble at all its on-screen portrayal. Jimmy Fallon showed a photo of the “alligator” on set: a bunch of pillows thrown together with googly eyes and horns. RELATED: Tom Hiddleston To Read A Bedtime Story To Help Kids Fall Asleep Hiddleston shared, "I mean, look at him, a huge star, he's not even getting up out of his chair. "It actually was funny because obviously he's made [of] these three discarded cushions sewn up with some eyes on.
As we head toward the 40th anniversary of the Charter of Rights, it has never been more openly contested. Quebec’s systematic use of the notwithstanding clause has made us a Rights Free Zone in our country. Even Ontario Premier Doug Ford has recently trundled his way onto that bandwagon. Legault says he prefers collective rights to individual rights. The sad reality is that, thus far, there’s nobody in federal politics willing to argue otherwise, even as rights are being trampled.
Tom Mulcair, a former leader of the federal NDP, served as minister of the environment in the Quebec Liberal government of Jean Charest.
Tom Brady Cracks Election Joke to Biden: 40% 'Still Don't Think' Buccaneers Won the Super Bowl (Video) .
Tom Brady and the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited the White House Tuesday to meet with President Joe Biden. During the press conference, the GOAT QB opened with the typical speech about how no one believed they could win, but wound up making a joke about the 2020 election results. "We found our rhythm, we got on a roll. Not a lot of people think that we could've won. In fact I think about 40% of the people still don't think we"We found our rhythm, we got on a roll. Not a lot of people think that we could've won. In fact I think about 40% of the people still don't think we could've won," Brady said in reference to "The Big Lie" that persists about the 2020 election. "You understand that Mr.