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Good evening to you.
We begin on the campaign trail for the election that has yet to be called.
In Windsor today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said if elected, the New Democrats would create “over one million jobs.”
“A New Democratic plan starts with making sure that workers are protected, and workers are in the best position possible to work, and that they have good conditions at work,” he told those gathered during an election-campaign-style event. “But our plan also includes a number of measures that (will) create economic activity.”
Both Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have also promised to create one million jobs. Singh presented the broad outline of a plan for: better conditions, pay, and training opportunities for workers; big investments in infrastructure, transportation, and housing; a boost to Canada’s manufacturing sector through sectoral investments and buy-Canadian policies; and a stronger social-safety net. However, Singh’s speech and the accompanying 11-page document were quite short on details. A spokesperson said those will be in the NDP platform when it’s released in August. Aidan Chamandy reports.
Meanwhile, things continue to be super normal and functional in the Green Party. The latest? The party is now considering a membership review for
The Bank of Canada is keeping interest rates at 0.25 per cent, and says the country’s economy will grow more slowly this year than it first expected. The central bank now expects gross domestic product to increase by about six per cent in 2021, down from a forecast in April of 6.5 per cent. The projection for next year has been revised to 4.1 per cent growth — up from roughly three per cent — while 2023 remains unchanged at over three per cent. Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem says consumer spending is expected to lead the recovery, with some sectors, such as retail and restaurants, already enjoying a rebound. Other sectors, such as international travel, will take longer. Jeff Labine has the details.
As drought conditions in the West continue, farmers say they desperately need help from the federal government. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) and the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) say farmers need money to feed their livestock and to compensate for crop losses, and they want Ottawa to work with the province to come up with support measures.
“Extreme heat and below-average precipitation is leading to feed- and water-supply shortages that are jeopardizing the viability of Saskatchewan livestock producers,” APAS wrote in a news release on Tuesday. “(APAS) is requesting immediate government assistance to help producers cope with these extreme conditions.” Specifically, APAS wants Ottawa to allow all Saskatchewan livestock producers to access the federal Livestock Tax Deferral program. Implemented in 2018, it allows producers to defer a portion of sales of breeding stock to the following year. Janet Silver has that story.
There’s more pressure coming from south of the border to open it. At its annual meeting today, the Midwestern Legislative Conference passed a formal resolution calling on both federal governments to take immediate action. As the Canadian Press reports, the coalition of frustrated state legislators, which are part of an offshoot of the U.S. Council of State Governments, say what qualifies as “essential travel” has been left up to the discretion of individual border agents, creating widespread confusion.
Pressure is also coming from across the pond. Having opened its borders to Canadian travellers, France wants Canada to do the same. In Ottawa today, France’s ambassador argued the Canadian border should be reopened to the French as soon as possible. “The borders will have to be reopened relatively quickly now for us to put Canada back on our travel plans,” Kareen Rispal said at the French Embassy. “If not, it’s true that French ministers will go to the countries where they can go.” That story from The Canadian Press as well.
The Sprout: Drought conditions worry Saskatchewan farmers
In Other Headlines:
Military sexual misconduct class action claims up 170 per cent over last 6 months (Global)
More than half of Canadians say Liberals did a good job on COVID-19 pandemic management (Globe)
COVID’s R-value (or ability to spread) is once again rising in Alberta (CBC)
Navy kicks off long-anticipated push to replace Canada’s beleaguered submarine fleet (CP)
Manitoba’s Indigenous relations minister resigns from cabinet after premier’s comments on colonial history (CBC)
Almost 200 complaints lodged over new GG’s lack of French, language czar says (Global)
The European Union unveiled an ambitious new climate change plan today that aims to “give humanity a fighting chance.” At its heart, the plan is looking to turn green goals into concrete action this decade, and lead the way for other big economies on the planet. Ultimately the goal is to be carbon neutral by 2050. Among the ways the bloc will pivot away from fossil fuels and get there is by ending the sales of new gas- and diesel-powered cars in just 14 years and tax jet fuel. The plan also proposes imposing carbon border tariffs on certain imports from countries with less stringent climate-protection rules.
Around the world, cases of COVID-19, and deaths from it, are rising. Today, the World Health Organization reported that deaths were up three per cent last week after declining for the past nine weeks, while cases rose by 10 per cent to nearly three million. The highest number of new cases were in Britain, Brazil, India, Indonesia. As for the more contagious and deadly Delta variant, it’s now shown up in 11 countries and, as the Associated Press reports, is expected to become globally dominant in the coming months.
In Other International Headlines:
Biden directs evacuation flights for Afghan interpreters to begin late July (Politico)
Guests leave Singapore cruise after nearly 3,000 confined onboard over COVID-19 case (Reuters)
After bad hiccups, Bolsonaro may need intestinal surgery (AP)
Indigenous children’s remains turned over from U.S. Army cemetery (AP)
Spain’s top court rules lockdown unconstitutional (BBC)
Marcelo Souhami: Stronger data privacy will give Canadian businesses an edge
Finally, from the BBC: When a bathroom towel restored an Indian bureaucrat’s pride.
Have a good night.