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John McCallum continues to haunt the Liberals, Conservatives ask CSIS to investigate his comments

Speaking to reporters at an event across the pond in London on Thursday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tried to distance herself from the controversial comments made by fired Canadian ambassador to China, John McCallum. “Let me be extremely clear that Mr. McCallum does not speak in the name of the government of Canada,” she said.

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The Liberal government wishes they could put a gag order on John McCallum after he has plagued them for the last several months. The ex-ambassador, much to the frustration of his former colleagues, continues to speak about the Canada-China matter involving Canadian detainess Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.

Minister Freeland tried distancing herself and the government from McCallum's comments but there was little she could do about the fastball right over the middle of the plate left for Andrew Scheer. The Conservative leader rightly called out the remarks and suggested the fired ambassador was inviting foreign interference. Now the Conservatives have asked CSIS to investigate McCallum's 'disturbing' comments to see whether they pose a threat to the upcoming fall election.

The Chinese are sitting back, monitoring this entire political show while they continue to ban Canadian meat and canola imports and are well aware of the leverage they hold.

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John McCallum continues to haunt the Liberals, Conservatives ask CSIS to investigate his comments

Speaking to reporters at an event across the pond in London on Thursday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tried to distance herself from the controversial comments made by fired Canadian ambassador to China, John McCallum. “Let me be extremely clear that Mr. McCallum does not speak in the name of the government of Canada,” she said.

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The Liberal government wishes they could put a gag order on John McCallum after he has plagued them for the last several months. The ex-ambassador, much to the frustration of his former colleagues, continues to speak about the Canada-China matter involving Canadian detainess Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.

Minister Freeland tried distancing herself and the government from McCallum's comments but there was little she could do about the fastball right over the middle of the plate left for Andrew Scheer. The Conservative leader rightly called out the remarks and suggested the fired ambassador was inviting foreign interference. Now the Conservatives have asked CSIS to investigate McCallum's 'disturbing' comments to see whether they pose a threat to the upcoming fall election.

The Chinese are sitting back, monitoring this entire political show while they continue to ban Canadian meat and canola imports and are well aware of the leverage they hold.

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Environmental activists call latest Liberal nominee Steven Guilbeault a 'sellout'

The Liberal Party of Canada announced Steven Guilbeault as their official candidate in Laurier-Sainte-Marie in hopes of reclaiming the riding from the NDP who have held it since 2011. Guilbeault is a well-known and respected environmental activist who helped found a major advocacy group Equiterre and worked for Greenpeace for ten years. The star recruit is facing criticism over his decision to run as a Liberal given his opposition to Trans Mountain.

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There are two angles worth examining over the Liberal's latest nomination. First, a reminder that Justin Trudeau and his government approved, for the second time, the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain expansion. Guilbeault's critics who vehemently oppose pipelines have reason to be frustrated with his decision to run as a Liberal nominee given the fact that he does indeed oppose Trans Mountain. He believes, however, that in order to bring about the greatest action against climate change, it must be done via the party apparatus structure, in this case the Liberals.

The second angle that plays into effect here is the Liberals capturing 'star' recruits on their team in Quebec, where the NDP have 15 seats. Polls show the NDP falling behind, at risk of being overtaken by Elizabeth May's Green Party. And so the Liberals are strategically targeting Quebec with resources and individuals who possess a very crafted message behind their campaigns.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominates Nicholas Kasirer to the Supreme Court

The Prime Minister has nominated Nicholas Kasirer, a Quebec Court of Appeal judge and former McGill University professor, to the Supreme Court of Canada. This is Trudeau's third nomination and fills the vacancy created by the coming retirement of Justice Clement Gascon. Those close to the situation are not surprised with the decision, although there are some who thought the PM would nominate a woman in light of the scandal over the past year involving his female Justice Minister and Attorney-General Jody Wilson-Raybould.

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Plagued by scandal over the SNC-Lavalin file over the past year, Justin Trudeau was in murky waters with his female support. Many thought his expulsion of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus severely hurt his chances of recapturing the large percentage of females who voted for him in 2015.

While Nicholas Kasirer is respected by many across the aisle, this would have been a perfect opportunity for the PM to nominate a female justice and have, for the first time ever, a majority female Supreme Court of Canada. Aside from the obvious media attention it would've received, it could have helped mend the would he created back in February.

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Federal Liberals and Ontario PCs spar over Bombardier layoffs

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is locked in a war of words with the federal Liberal government over who is to blame for the 550 layoffs Bombardier announced it will make at its Thunder Bay plant. In a statement this morning, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu said the Ontario premier "sat on his hands and made empty promises" about projects that would have given Bombardier more work and prevented the layoffs. Ford on the other hand responded by saying he hasn't "seen hide nor hair from the federal government", adding the Ontario government has had a plan with Bombardier and Unifor to purchase $100 million in vehicles from the plant which is yet to be signed.

Ford told reporters at the premiers' meeting in Saskatoon the federal government has been "sitting on their hands" with their money. He maintained the province has put forward a $28.5 transit plan which requires additional federal funding.

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As we noted in our Infrastructure brief, the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is repsonsible for $35 billion in spending over 11 years as part of Ottawa's infrastructure spending plan. Within that is the $20.1 bllion allocated for public transit which is how Premier Ford's transit plans would get funded.

In today's letter sent to Laurie Scott, Ontario's minister of infrastructure, federal Infrastructure Minister François Philippe Champagne said there is $8.3 billion on offer from the federal government for Ontario transit projects, including $4.9 billion for Toronto and $593 million for MetroLinx, the provincially owned Crown corporation that operates GO.

Clearly, there is an obvious disconnect between the provincial and federal government where one side says they have a plan ready and another maintains they have the money in place but are just waiting for official plans and applications to be introduced.

Recent polls have shown Liberal support has grown in Ontario due to the negative impact the Ford government's cuts to programs have had on residents across the province. Andrew Scheer has dodged questions tying Ford's PCs with the federal CPC but he will have to work harder if he wants to widen that distance.

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Bank of Canada holds interest rates firmly at 1.75 per cent, bumps up 2019 growth forecast

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz released the bank’s latest interest rate decision Wednesday morning, where he announced the overnight rates would remain unchanged citing positive domestic growth being mostly offset by global trade tensions including China's recent restriction on canola and meat.

Though the economy lost 10,000 jobs in June, the labour market as well as consumer confidence remains strong which led the BoC to slightly increase its 2019 growth projections to 1.3 per cent, up from 1.2 percent in its April report.

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The good news is the Bank of Canada slightly increased its growth projections for 2019 a tenth of a percentage point to 1.3 per cent. After Statistics Canada's June jobs report showed losses, the Liberals will certainly welcome this news amid criticism the Canadian economy was simply not growing enough.

The bad news: China. The Sino-Canadian trade relationship has been severely impacted in recent weeks and the BoC's report today made note of that. Global trade tensions are the primary factor for keeping the rates steady and until they are resolved do not expect a change in the next report scheduled for September 4, 2019.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has criticized PM Trudeau for not displaying a more hard-line approach with China, Canada's second largest trading partner.

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Friday, July 12th

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Facebook is declining to comment on whether the impersonators of at least three federal cabinet ministers and several other MP's Messenger accounts were domestic or foreign actors. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Edmonton with Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi to visit the Trans Mountain terminal, while Labour Minister Patty Hajdu is slated to make an announcement in support of jobs for youth in Thunder Bay.

Canadian premiers wrapped up the Council of the Federation on Thursday, where Jason Kenney told his equals that national unity is under threat.

The Grits hold a lead over 'Fortress Toronto', Bernie Sanders is coming to Canada, and much more as we take you into the weekend for your one stop shop with everything #elxn43 related.

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