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[NEWS] Eighteen #cdnpoli and #exln43 links

  • MacLean’s looks at how Justin Trudeau and the Liberals survived #elxn43, here.
  • Ajay Parasram at The Conversation looks at the new complications faced by Justin Trudeau.
  • Daily Xtra looks at the record of the Liberals on LGBTQ2 issues, here.
  • Daily Xtra looks at the four out LGBTQ2 MPs elected to Parliament, here.
  • Philippe Fournier at MacLean’s argues that 338Canada stands vindicated in its predictions, with some 90% of the people it predicted would be elected being elected.
  • What will become of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer? The National Post considers.
  • Strategic voting and Doug Ford, Mark Gollom notes, kept the Conservatives from making a breakthrough in Ontario.
  • Robyn Urback at CBC notes that the narrow conservatism of Scheer kept the Conservatives from victory in a wary Canada.
  • Stephen Maher at MacLean’s questions if the Bloc Québécois victory has much to do with separatism, per se.
  • Voters in Québec seem to be fine with election results, with a strong Bloc presence to keep the Liberals on notice. CBC has it.
  • Talk of separatism has taken off in Alberta following the #elxn43 results. Global News has it.
  • The premier of Saskatchewan has also talked of his province’s alienation after #elxn43, here in the National Post.
  • CBC’s As It Happens carries an interview with former Conservative MP Jay Hill, now an advocate for western Canadian separatism.
  • Atlantic Canada may provide new members for the cabinet of Justin Trudeau. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Jaime Battiste, Liberal, has been elected as the first Mi’kmaq MP from Nova Scotia. Global News has it.
  • The Green Party did not make its hoped-for breakthrough on Vancouver Island, but it will struggle on. Global News has it.
  • Did, as Politico suggested, Canada sleepwalk into the future with #elxn43?
  • We should be glad, Scott Gilmore argues in MacLean’s, that given the global challenges to democracy #elxn43 in Canada was relatively boring.

[NEWS] Three links on Canada, Trump, trade, and politics

  • Canada is redoubling its lobbying efforts in the United States, to try to gain some security versus Trump. Global News reports.
  • Kevin Carmichael looks at how the Trump Administration is triggering Canada’s own internal divisions, on things as various as milk and lumber and Bombardier, perhaps to the United States’ own benefit. MacLean’s has it.
  • John Geddes looks at the subtle differences in the videos of Conservative Andrew Scheer and Liberal Justin Trudeau, Scheer’s video being in the suburbs and Trudeau’s being among the crowds. MacLean’s carries the article.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm

[OBSCURA] “Peterborough family bumps into wild Trudeau on hike”

Verity Stevenson’s Toronto Star article describing how a Peterborough family ran into Justin Trudeau while exploring Québec’s Gatineau Park blew up all over my Facebook wall today.

When a Peterborough family set out on a hike inside Quebec’s Gatineau Park, they didn’t expect to see a cave, let alone a shirtless prime minister popping out of one!

“It was like a 20-foot-wide round hole and Justin (Trudeau) emerged with his family in tow and said, ‘This is the moment of truth; do we stop here or do we carry on?’” said Jim Godby, who was on a five-day camping trip at the park last week with his wife, Arlene, and two kids — Alexander, 13, and Charlotte, 10.

They had decided to go on a hike on one of the trails near their campsite Tuesday and happened upon the Lusk Cave, a marble cave thousands of years old in the centre of the park.

As they went to take a peek inside, Godby heard the familiar voice. That’s when Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and two of their children surfaced in what Godby described as a casual chance encounter that humanized the prime minister.

“It was just said with such an enthusiastic, joyful tone that that’s what kind of struck me,” Godby said of Trudeau’s comment, which appeared to be referring to whether the family should continue hiking or not. “He evidently enjoys leading. . . . It seemed pretty characteristic of his personality.”

This is just fun.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 3, 2016 at 11:57 pm

[URBAN NOTE] On the averted desire of Rob Ford to rip out the throat of Justin Trudeau

The National Post reports on the identification of Ford’s intended victim.

Well, Ford lost his window.

We finally know who Rob Ford was referring to when he said he needed just “10 f***ing minutes to make sure he’s dead.”

The late Toronto mayor was looking to get in the ring with none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to a report in the Toronto Sun.

During Ford’s four tumultuous years as Toronto mayor, shocking cellphone camera videos of the mayor became almost commonplace.

The video shows a slurring Ford ranting and raving that he wants to “murder” someone and “rip his f***ing throat out.”

But it wasn’t intended to be taken seriously, one witness to that night in June 2012 told the Sun’s Joe Warmington. Instead, it was Ford, who was a big pro-wrestling fan, joking around WWF-style that he wanted to fight Trudeau.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

[OBSCURA] “Justin Trudeau joins Alpha Flight in Marvel comic book”

This Canadian Press article describes something glorious.

Make way, Liberal cabinet: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have another all-Canadian crew in his corner as he suits up for his latest feature role — comic book character.

Trudeau will grace the variant cover of issue No. 5 of Marvel’s “Civil War II: Choosing Sides,” due out
Aug. 31.

Trudeau is depicted smiling, sitting relaxed in the boxing ring sporting a Maple Leaf-emblazoned tank, black shorts and red boxing gloves. Standing behind him are Puck, Sasquatch and Aurora, who are members of Canadian superhero squad Alpha Flight. In the left corner, Iron Man is seen with his arms crossed.

“I didn’t want to do a stuffy cover — just like a suit and tie — put his likeness on the cover and call it a day,” said award-winning Toronto-based cartoonist Ramon Perez.

“I wanted to kind of evoke a little bit of what’s different about him than other people in power right now. You don’t see (U.S. President Barack) Obama strutting around in boxing gear, doing push-ups in commercials or whatnot. Just throwing him in his gear and making him almost like an everyday person was kind of fun.”

The variant cover featuring Trudeau will be an alternative to the main cover in circulation showcasing Aurora, Puck, Sasquatch and Nick Fury.

Trudeau follows in the prime ministerial footsteps of his late father, Pierre, who graced the pages of “Uncanny X-Men” in 1979.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paddles the Rouge in Scarborough”

The Scarborough River reports on the visit of the prime minister and his family to the Rouge Park. I really do have to go see it. (Also, I’m sure his unspoken invocation of the image of his father the canoeist is at least partly intentional.)

“You elected a paddler as your prime minister.”

Justin Trudeau stood in Scarborough’s Rouge Park, just before canoes were to hit the water in the third-annual Paddle the Rouge fundraiser, and praised his government’s recent move to protect the park.

“It’s pretty amazing, It’s something that needs protecting,” he said.

“We introduced legislation to the Rouge National Urban Park act, changes that will see ecological integrity as the top priority” for the park, Trudeau said.

He was referring to his Liberal government’s rewriting of the law governing the park, announced last week by federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Dangerous Minds notes a petition to make Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” the American national anthem.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at a study looking for exoplanets in the galactic bulge.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a study suggesting that the very early Earth and the impactor which created the Moon were both water-rich.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the fragility of gender.
  • The Honourary Canadian notes the terrible ABC translation of Justin Trudeau’s French.
  • Language Log considers ancient Chinese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues that Hillary Clinton is bad for the labour that supports her.
  • The LRB Blog notes a Syrian refugee held in an Istanbul airport in terrible conditions.
  • The Map Room Blog notes a Super Mario Brothers-style map of the Ottawa light rail network.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that support for women boosts fertility.
  • Peter Rukavina looks at news articles revealing the life of an Island man going through divorce.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog noted the recent mass emigration from Ukraine.
  • Towleroad reports on Samantha Bee’s attempt to interview Donald Trump supporters.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues in favour of open borders.

[URBAN NOTE] On Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s upcoming attendance at Pride Toronto

This is big news. From blogTO:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today he’ll be marching in this year’s Pride Parade in Toronto. It’s no surprise he’ll be attending but it is significant – Trudeau will become the first Prime Minister to ever participate in the festivities.

In 2015, Trudeau made his presence known at Pride when, as leader of the Liberal Party prior to the federal election, he dressed in a pink shirt and white pants and hammed it up in front of large crowds and cameras alongside Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Joe. My. God. shared the Pride Toronto press release.

Pride Toronto, the city’s most vibrant and inclusive arts and cultural festival and North America’s largest Pride celebration, unveiled today its 2016 Pride Month theme, announcing to the world that this June, “YOU CAN SIT WITH US.”

The campaign for Canada’s first-ever Pride Month, features Canada’s top political leaders: noted “sexiest man alive” and “politician dreamboat” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, openly out Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and partner Jane Rounthewaite and Toronto Mayor John Tory who will all participate in this year’s festivities in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Pride Toronto’s 2016 Parade will make Canadian history, with Justin Trudeau participating as Canada’s first ever sitting Prime Minister to march, alongside leadership from both Toronto’s municipal and Ontario’s provincial governments.

Torontoist’s Erica Lenti emphasized the broader political context.

For the first time in Toronto’s history, Canada’s prime minster, Ontario’s premier, and the city’s mayor will participate in Pride festivities.

Pride Toronto unveiled today that Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne (along with partner Jane Rounthewaite), and John Tory will attend the festivities on July 3. Trudeau’s participation will make the first time an incumbent prime minister will march in the parade.

The news comes after four years of former mayor Rob Ford skipping Pride in favour of a cottage weekend, and nine years of Stephen Harper avoiding the event for his entire run as prime minister.

Other attendees at this year’s events include Police Chief Mark Saunders, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, 6ix dad @norm, and Black Lives Matter Toronto, who are this year’s honoured group.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 22, 2016 at 11:59 pm

[LINK] “Burning down the Harper legacy serving Trudeau well”

The title alone of Tim Harper’s Toronto Star article justifies reading this.

As the Stephen Harper years piled one onto another, debate grew in the capital over how much of his Conservative legacy would become a fundamentally ingrained part of Canada.

Would successive governments be unwilling or unable to lift the rocks and get at the philosophical underpinnings of almost a decade of Harper?

Turns out, a lot of the Conservative agenda can be overturned, and rather quickly.

While Justin Trudeau’s Liberals may be spinning their wheels on some big items, such as the size of its budget deficit, the scope of its missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry or the regional tensions engendered by its imminent decision on a $1-billion bailout or stake in Bombardier, it is proving much more adept at tearing down the Conservative house.

It’s as if the new government stole into that old Conservative neighbourhood armed with a pressure washer and starting cleaning that unsightly graffiti off the walls.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm

[URBAN NOTE] On Justin Trudeau’s visit to Dovercourt Village, Toronto

In her article for the Bloor West Villager, “Justin Trudeau marks 100th day in office with surprise visit to Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club”, Lisa Rainford describes the circumstances behind Justin Trudeau’s visit to my neighbourhood last week.

The prime minister of Canada paid a visit to the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club Friday morning, much to the surprise of its staff and members.

Justin Trudeau’s visit to the Dupont and Dufferin streets-area clubhouse was shrouded in secrecy until just hours before his arrival. The country’s chief executive took a few minutes to chat with members and senior students from nearby St. Mary’s Catholic School before beating them at a game of foosball.

While it was all in good fun, Trudeau chose the local boys and girls club to make a funding announcement on what marked his government’s 100th day in office.

“I’m very happy to announce today yet another example of the kind of real change we’re bringing to Canadians,” Trudeau told his audience that had gathered in the club’s gymnasium, Feb. 12. “I’m pleased to be here this morning at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club to announce that our government is creating over 34,000 summer jobs for students this year. Through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, we’re investing up to $113 million more to help more youth get invaluable work experience.”

This is in addition to the 34,000 summer jobs created last year. This means that employers will be able to hire nearly 70,000 students, Trudeau added.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 21, 2016 at 5:55 pm