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Although nothing is etched in stone just yet, government sources say a new cabinet will likely be sworn in on Oct. 25 or 26. The date will be announced tomorrow, when the date of Parliament’s return might also be revealed.
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tries to balance representation by gender and geography, the final roster will probably include new faces, meaning some current ministers will be removed from the ranks. Several senior Liberals have suggested that Harjit Sajjan will be shuffled out of Defence and into a new portfolio. CBC News has more on who might end up where.
We already know that Chrystia Freeland will stay on a Finance minister and deputy prime minister. Today, as shipping bottlenecks stack up south of the border and around the globe, she said the federal government is keeping a close eye on Canadian ports and the pace of trade moving through them for signs of strain.
A Canada-made tax on Big Tech companies is on hold, now the federal government has agreed to a different multinational approach. On Oct. 8, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — consisting of 136 countries, including Canada — agreed on a plan to impose a minimum 15 per cent tax on multinational companies with annual sales above $28.6 billion. The new tax regime would apply to major companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook— companies criticized for not paying enough tax in the countries in which they operate. OECD members plan to make the deal official next year, with the tax coming into effect in 2024. As Jeff Labine reports, Canada is on board with the global 15 per cent Big Tech tax.
Still with tech: The makers of a new mobile platform/website are hoping their technology will engage voters, even when an election isn’t on the near horizon. iMatr, a Hamilton-based tech startup, began building the platform three years ago to allow Canadians to use their mobile devices to comment on political matters, be they local, provincial, or federal, and to communicate directly with those who represent them politically. “The simple goal is to make democracy better,” Leo Lehman, director of government relations for iMatr, told iPolitics. Janet Silver has that story.
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeal of a second-degree-murder guilty verdict for Peter Khill, a Hamilton-area resident who shot and killed an Indigenous man who broke into his truck outside his house. Khill will have to face a new trial instead. He had been found not guilty by a jury in 2018, but the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously set that acquittal aside. In an 8-1 decision, with the majority split on the reasons, the top court provided some interpretive insight into the age-old defence of self-defence. As Justice Sheilah Martin said, writing for the majority, “Killing or injuring another cannot be lawful simply because the accused believed it was necessary.” Leslie MacKinnon has more.
A little-known part of Canada’s gun-control system is supposed to warn officials who have the power to take gun licences away — or to refuse to issue them in the first place — that a gun owner has a violent or disturbing history. But the Firearms Incident Police system is completely dependent on police choosing to enter information into it. Furthermore, it’s used at radically different rates across Canada, implying that many police forces tell it very little, RCMP statistics show. Patrick Cain reports.
The latest episode of No Talking Points is live. This week, our panel talks cabinet speculation and parliamentary privilege. You can have a listen here.
Hill Movers: Updates of Conservative communications team
Net Zero: IEA releases annual World Energy Outlook
The Sprout: More than 10,000 John Deere workers go on strike
In Other Headlines:
Failed deal with China delayed made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine plans (CBC)
Canada seeks to claw back $25M in COVID relief from thousands of fishers (CBC)
Freeland mum on removing PCR testing for Canada border (Global)
Military postpones appointment of army commander over misconduct investigation (CBC)
Ontario’s digital COVID-19 vaccine passport app now available to download (Global)
Canadians among biggest energy users even as world moves toward net-zero emissions (CP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today that hitting the European Union’s climate goals will be a challenge. “I predict that it will be very hard work to adopt this Green Deal,” Merkel said during an acceptance speech for an award in Spain. “I won’t be there anymore but will watch closely how far the ability to compromise goes.”
In an interview with the Associated Press, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry echoed that sentiment. He said next month’s talks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow are likely to fall short of the global target for cutting coal, gas and oil emissions. While he noted some countries have pledged more cuts to greenhouse has emissions, others haven’t. “By the time Glasgow’s over, we’re going to know who is doing their fair share, and who isn’t,” he said.
Fair to say Prince William won’t be lining up for a seat on a Blue Origin rocket. In an interview with the BBC that aired early today, where he talked about the rise in climate anxiety among young people around the world, he took a jab at the billionaire space race, saying they should be more focused on saving Earth. “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” he said.
In Other International Headlines:
Beirut port blast: Gunfire erupts at protest against judge leading probe (BBC)
January 6 panel moves to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt (CNN)
US rejoins UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump exit (The Hill)
Norway attack appears to be terrorism (BBC)
Taiwan tensions raise fears of US-China conflict in Asia (AP)
FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster (CNN)
US State Department defends handling of ‘Havana Syndrome’ (Reuters)
Charlotte Duval Lantoine: The Canadian military needs to re-learn how to regulate itself
Finally, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny’s pandemic project hit the shelves this week, chock full of politics and patriotism. As the Washington Post notes, the book is “a thinly veiled jab at a Very Stable Genius.”
Sounds like the makings of a fine weekend read.
Have a good night.