Politics Insider for April 20: More guns to Ukraine; don’t drop travel mask guidelines; and a mysterious ‘growth fund’
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Big Guns: Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that Canada will send heavy weapons to Ukraine as the war with Russia intensifies, the Globe reports:Ukrainians have fought like heroes and they are not just fighting for Ukraine, they are fighting for the values that underpin so many of our free and democratic societies.” Trudeau said details would come later.
Mr. Trudeau’s announcement came hours after he, the US President Joe Biden and other Allied leaders discussed inflicting further economic pain on Russia and pledged to provide Ukraine with more weapons and aid when Moscow launched an all-out attack on eastern Ukraine. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Biden told reporters aboard Air Force One as Mr Biden flew to New Hampshire that the leaders reiterated their commitment to providing security, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion.
Putin’s daughters: Canada approves sanctions that of Vladimir Putin two grown daughters, as part of a new round of sanctions targeting more than two dozen “close associates” of Putin, including Russian oligarchs and their relatives, CTV reports.
The couple-Maria Vorontsova (Putina) and Katerina Tikhonova— are now subject to tax and other penalties, as part of a growing list under the “Special Economic Measures Act” that their father is already on. Putin rarely speaks of his daughters, their identities have never been confirmed by the Kremlin, and neither of the women has publicly confirmed that the Russian leader is her father.
Hidden/Openly: In the After† John Ivison has a column stating that whatever Canada is doing behind the scenes to help Ukraine should be doing it more out in the open.
Masks to Stay: Omar Alghabra said on Tuesday that travel mask guidelines still apply as the US wants to drop its national mandate, CTV reports: “The mask regulation is in effect and is based on the advice we have received from our experts and doctors and on data . It has been proven that masks prevent or reduce the transmission of COVID†
And they are out: At least eight candidates submitted a $50,000 entry fee and completed a questionnaire, crossing the first threshold to get their names on the final ballot of the CPC leadership race, CP reports. To the extent that: Marc Dalton, Leona Alleslev, Scott Aitchison, Patrick Brown and Roman Babe†
Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis and Jean Charest have already submitted the full $300,000 in registration fees and a deposit, along with signatures from 500 party members, meaning the party has verified all three as candidates.
338: On the other hand, his team tells Global that he has sold memberships in all 338 federal rides.
MPs from landlords: Financial disclosure forms show that at least 65 Canadian MPs own rental or investment properties, Global reports. That’s all legal, but the revelations come at a time of growing frustration with real estate investors’ role in fueling the country’s housing crisis.
More costs: Ottawa Convoy Protest Organizer Pat King now faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with testimony he gave during his bail hearing last week, CP reports. King was arrested on February 18 on charges of his involvement in the ‘Freedom Convoy’. He was denied bail on February 25, but King appeared in court last Wednesday for a bail review. The next day, the Crown announced it would charge perjury and obstruction of justice. The details of the testimony that led to the allegations are protected by a publication ban. The latest allegations are in addition to 10 charges related to the protest.
gun board: Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca vowed to ban guns if elected on June 2. Star reports: “I’ve had enough of Doug Ford’s open for business policy on weapons.”
Non-White Busts: Vice created a database that breaks down drug arrests by race and found that black and Indigenous people are still much more likely to be arrested for drug possession — with Indigenous people eight times more likely to be arrested than white people in a major city.
Definitely rickety: Paul Wellswho has started a newsletter has an interesting column exposing the mystery of the federal government’s $15 billion Canada Growth Fund.
— Stephen Maher
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