2019 on the federal scene in 12 events

2019 sur la scène fédérale en 12 événements

The too great candor of the canadian ambassador to Beijing, in interviews granted to journalists in the toronto area, pushes Justin Trudeau to demand the resignation of John McCallum.

December 27, 2019 22h06


2019 on the federal scene in 12 events

Lina Dib

The Canadian Press


OTTAWA — Twelve of the events that have marked the 12 months of 2019 on the federal scene.

January : Dismissal of John McCallum, canadian ambassador to Beijing

The arrest in Vancouver of a leader of Huawei, at the request of the United States, which demanded his extradition was already in serious trouble in Canada for more than a month. The lady was arrested on December 1, 2018. The too great candor of the canadian ambassador to Beijing, in interviews granted to journalists in the toronto area, pushes Justin Trudeau to demand the resignation of John McCallum. Mr. McCallum has had the bad idea to point out that Meng Wanzhou could use some of the statements of Donald Trump to convince a canadian judge to refuse the extradition request made by Washington. The ill-fate suffered by the ambassador fallen is enviable when compared to that of Michael Spavor, and Michael Kovrig, both of which are still held, without reason, to Beijing.

February : An article in the Globe and Mail starts the saga SNC-Lavalin

Then begins a display of the wrath of Jody Wilson-Raybould, demoted in January the ministry of Justice to the Veterans. The minister suggests, then said more clearly, that she believes that the office of the prime minister has been subjected to pressures for intervention and avoids a trial at SNC-Lavalin. Before the end of the month, the principal secretary to the prime minister, Gerald Butts, will have resigned, the parliamentary committees have enjoyed the testimonies of each other, and the leader of the official opposition has called for the resignation of Justin Trudeau, which has lost the moral authority to govern”, in the opinion of Andrew Scheer.

March : The federal budget tabled in the noise and chaos

Andrew Scheer and his conservative mps to delay the speech of the minister Bill Morneau in the Commons to keep the spotlight on the case of SNC-Lavalin. According to the chief conservator, the federal budget is an exercise in camouflage. Mr. Scheer refuses to say what he thinks of the content of the budget.

April : Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould expelled from the liberal caucus

Justin Trudeau tears finally the dressing, despite the pain. On the evening of 2 April, it expels the two ex-ministers who, for weeks, multiplied the outs against him while remaining deputies liberal. It won’t be enough to stifle the case, SNC-Lavalin will continue to serve the opposition, especially conservative, until the election campaign of the following autumn.

May : Agreement between Canada and the United States to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum

Donald Trump had imposed these tariffs in June 2018, a-t-it is believed, influence the negotiations of the new version of the NAFTA. Ottawa had responded by imposing its own tariffs. When the new Agreement U.s.-Canada-Mexico (ACEUM) was concluded in October 2018, it was the turn of Canada to suggest that it would not be ratified as Washington imposed its tariffs on canadian exports. The quarrel of the rates was completed on 17 may 2019.

June : Publication of the report on women and girls missing and murdered aboriginal

The national survey of women and girls missing and murdered aboriginal arrives at a harsh conclusion : it is a genocide. The word annoys the political class in Ottawa who is reluctant to take it back to his account the day of the unveiling of the report, 3 June. The next day, the prime minister Justin Trudeau changes his mind and says the word. But his office will continue to ensure that this does not commit the government to a legal point of view.

July : Nicolas Kasirer chosen as the third judge of quebec to the supreme Court of Canada

The choice is the conclusion of a new process which, for the first time, involves the quebec government in the selection of a judge of the highest court of the country. The québec minister of Justice, Sonia LeBel, has carried out its own consultations following the report of an independent advisory committee, the majority of whose members were chosen by Quebec. The prime minister of Québec, François Legault, has then had an interview with prime minister Trudeau for his or her recommendations. The final choice was up to Justin Trudeau but we knew that the judge Kasirer was the first choice of Quebec.

August : The ethics commissioner concludes that Trudeau has violated the Law on conflict of interests in the case of SNC-lavalin

Commissioner Mario Dion is estimated that the first minister has used his authority with Jody Wilson-Raybould, the then minister of Justice and attorney general, to convince her to conclude the agreement of lawsuit hanging with SNC-Lavalin. He writes: “The evidence showed that Mr. Trudeau has tried to influence the attorney general in a variety of ways, both directly and through the people under his authority.” In the opinion of the commissioner, Mr. Trudeau would have promoted the interests of the company if he had got what he wanted. The actions taken to promote these interests were, therefore, irregular. As much ammo that will be used repeatedly by the conservative Andrew Scheer during the election campaign.

September : start of the election campaign, the September 11,

At the time of the shooting, the liberal Party held 177 seats, the conservative Party 95 the New democratic Party 39, the Bloc québécois 10, the green Party two. There were eight independent members, including the ex-liberal Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott. The popular Party of Canada has only elected its leader Maxime Bernier. And a former new democrat member of parliament identified as belonging to the co-operative Commonwealth Federation. Five of the 338 seats were empty. The first 40 days of the federal election campaign has been the opportunity for Justin Trudeau to say, finally, its position on a possible involvement of the federal government to the challenge of the quebec law on secularism. It is not, “for the moment”.

October : Trudeau re-elected but the head of a minority government

The result of the October, 21: 157 PLC, 121 PCC, 32, Bloc québécois, 24 NDP, 3 green Party and an independent. The next day, all the leaders, the losers, with one exception, they are here to stay. Andrew Scheer managed to resist, for 50 days, activists who criticize him for the defeat. He will resign on December 12. Jagmeet Singh managed to convince his troops that, with only 24 members it will bend the liberal minority government on certain issues such as a national system of insurance medicine. Yves-François Blanchet considers as a victory to the election of 32 members bloquistes in Quebec. Elizabeth May is giving way to a leader by acting, Jo-Ann Roberts, pending the election of a new leader for the green Party in October 2020.

November : Formation of the new council of ministers of the second term Trudeau

Quebecers take to the gallon. François-Philippe Champagne became minister of foreign Affairs. But it is asked by chrystia Freeland, became vice-prime minister, who retains control over the relationship as a foreign the most important one, the one with the american neighbour. Steven Guilbeault is appointed minister… of the Heritage, much to the chagrin of its former allies environmentalists.

December : Signing of the new version of the ACEUM

Canada, the United States and Mexico shall agree, for the second time, on a new version of the free trade agreement that will replace the NAFTA. Upon the signing of the ACEUM, of the votes in Quebec that Ottawa does not have assured protection to the aluminium sector is similar to that obtained for the steel. While the Block makes his cabbage fat in the Room of this “sacrifice” which is the victim of Quebec, the prime minister François Legault and the aluminum Association of Canada are calling for the ratification as soon as possible of the agreement, despite their disappointment.

On the 13th of December, the Commons close their doors until the 27th of January 2020. The minority government can blow… for a few weeks.

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