Justin Trudeau – Morning Brief: Canada prepares to retaliate against the EU
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— Canada prepares possible retaliation against EU over vaccines: Canada is preparing options to retaliate if Europe breaks its vaccine shipment commitments. EU officials have promised not to cut off Canada’s shipments, and appear to be keeping that promise for now, despite a major slowdown in production.
But, said Steve Verheul, the assistant deputy minister for trade policy and negotiations at Global Affairs Canada, “We’re certainly prepared that if this process does start to create problems, we will have steps we can take in light of that.”
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “Amid growing concerns over the state of Canada’s cross-country vaccine campaign — and particularly, although not exclusively, the looming threat that new European Union export restrictions could pose to a supply chain already dealing with unexpected delivery delays— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be heading back out to his now familiar spot just outside Rideau Cottage to deliver an on-camera update on the latest developments on what his office invariably refers to as ‘the COVID-19 situation.’”
— Emails reveal PMO frustration with PHAC: Internal emails seen by The Globe and Mail show frustration among senior members of the Prime Minister’s Office with Canada’s public health agency. Staff were reportedly caught off guard by some key announcements and decisions.
— Tacking racism in the Senate: Senator Mary Jane McCallum says that, while she welcomed Lynn Beyak’s resignation, there is still a broader racism issue within the Senate, which one person’s departure won’t solve. She and the former Senator Lillian Dyck say Senate rules should prohibit the kind of behaviour exhibited by Beyak, The Hill Times reports.
— Campaigners call for dedicated asylum route for Hong Kongers: Cherie Wong, the executive director of Alliance Canada Hong Kong, told the House of Commons immigration committee that unconventional solutions may be required, given that the situation in Hong Kong is “not a conventional humanitarian crisis.” She said the program unveiled in November is only useful to upper-middle-class graduates and not every day people of Hong Kong.
— Canada is mulling new land border restrictions, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra told the CBC. The rules would target Canadians whose sun destination flights were cancelled from crossing the U.S. border.
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