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Calling it a “brutal, cowardly and brazen” attack, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau strongly condemned a hit-and-run on a Muslim family in London, Ontario this past weekend that killed four and left a fifth in hospital.
“This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities,” he said in the House of Commons.
Police in London say on Sunday evening, a pick-up truck driven by a 20-year-old man struck the family of five as they were out for a walk — and then left the scene. They are calling it a targeted and hate-motivated act.
Pointing to other incidents of anti-Muslim violence, Trudeau said this was not a one-off. He said “toxic rhetoric … discrimination” and online “extremism” is what fuels these attacks, and to put a stop to it, Canadians must come together to fight the “ugly, pervasive trend.”
Hundreds are expected to attend a vigil tonight at the London Muslim Mosque, including Trudeau and all federal party leaders.
Here’s CBC’s look at what MPs have said and done — and haven’t done — about Islamophobia and attacks on Muslim Canadians.
People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — and only those who are fully vaccinated — will soon be able to sidestep some COVID restrictions when entering Canada, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Which restrictions they’ll be able to dodge is still unclear, with Trudeau unwilling to give many more details at a press conference today. He did say his government is only considering easing restrictions “based on science,” which is why only fully vaccinated people will be able to soon avoid as restrictive measures.
“It’s very clear that even though one dose has allowed us to significantly protect Canadians and remove many of the pressures from our public health systems, it is still an incomplete protection,” Trudeau said “We need people to get the full two doses of their vaccines and that’s why easing of restrictions will be focused on Canadians who are fully vaccinated.” Charlie Pinkerton has a few more details.
The special joint committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) is in a race to complete its study before a sunset clause allowing assisted dying for those with mental illness takes effect, and before a potential fall election. The committee, which has met twice, has one year to review Ottawa’s MAiD regime and report back to Parliament. “It’s a lot of work that we’ve got before us,” NDP MP Alistair MacGregor told iPolitics. Rachel Emmanuel reports.
The Conservative Party used its opposition-day motion today to paint itself as the choice for Canadians who are worried about runaway house prices. The motion calls on the government to rework many of its housing policies, with an eye to increasing supply — specifically, by banning non-resident foreign buyers from purchasing homes. The government said it would continue with its current housing policy.
Still on the Hill: According to his office, Liberal MP Will Amos, who has twice exposed himself during virtual House of Commons proceedings in recent months, is said to be pursuing a “wellness program” and “working with a health team to address stress and time management challenges.” After the second incident, during which he was caught on camera urinating last month, he issued a statement saying he was stepping back from his role as parliamentary secretary and from his Commons’ committee work to seek unspecified “assistance.” House Speaker Anthony Rota ruled Monday that Amos’s conduct constituted “a serious breach of the rules of decorum and an affront against the dignity of the House.” The procedure and House affairs committee is set to look at the matter as well. The Canadian Press reports.
The easing of public health restrictions this summer means the days of campaigning only over Zoom are numbered. That’s good news for Ontario’s opposition leaders, who are preparing for a return to the campaign trail over the coming months with high hopes of making inroads against the governing Progressive Conservatives. The NDP and Liberals told iPolitics their leaders will be back to face-to-face campaigning as soon as public health experts say it’s safe to do so. While it’s unclear exactly when that could be, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca are preparing their parties for a unique pre-election summer as the province emerges from the worst of the pandemic. Iain Sherriff-Scott has that story.
Still with campaigns, a judge has ruled that the changes Premier Doug Ford’s government made to campaign finance rules targeting union spending are unconstitutional. Justice Ed Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court ruled the Charter rights of Working Families, a coalition of unions, were “infringed” by curbs on what it can spend on advertising outside an election period. “Skepticism of (the) government’s motives is not misplaced where new election procedures are concerned,” Morgan wrote in a decision released today. The Toronto Star has that story.
Turning to Big Tech: Join iPoliticsLIVE tomorrow for a panel discussion with Parliamentarians about regulating content on the internet. You can find out more and register here.
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In Other Headlines:
Catholic community leaders call on Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools (CTV)
Ontario logs fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases for first time in 8 months (CTV)
Manitoba unveils immunization cards for fully vaccinated people (CTV)
Dominic Barton in ‘regular contact’ with Huawei to find a way to free two Michaels, Garneau says (Globe)
MPs call on Nav Canada to give up $7M in bonuses paid out during pandemic (CBC)
G7 economies could shrink twice as much as they did during pandemic due to climate change: study (CTV)
Canada announces two new permanent residency pathways for Hong Kong residents (CP)
Although President Joe Biden came out of the gate strong on the vaccination front, blowing past his own benchmarks, it looks like he’s going to fall short of his latest goal of having 70 per cent of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4. As the Associated Press reports, about 16 million unvaccinated adults need to receive at least one jab in the next four weeks for Biden to meet his goal. But the pace of new vaccinations in the U.S. has dropped to about 400,000 people per day — down from a high of nearly two million per day two months ago. Dr. Anthony Fauci said they’ll just keep on pushing ahead if they fail to meet the target, and said the administration is is “pleading” with states, particularly those with low vaccination rates, to step up their efforts. Unfortunately, some states fail to see the urgency in the effort.
In related news, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories, including Canada — and Japan just ahead of the Olympics, which may or may not go ahead.
It was a rough day for French President Emmanuel Macron, who was slapped in the face during a walkabout. He played down an incident, blaming “ultra-violent” individuals. “I am doing fine. We must put this incident, which I think is an isolated event, into perspective,” he said afterwards, adding: “Let’s not let isolated events, ultra-violent individuals… take hold of the public debate: they do not merit it.” As Al Jazeera reports, a man could be heard shouting out “Down with Macronia” before slapping the president. He was quickly tackled by security personnel.
In Other International Headlines:
New audio of 2019 phone call reveals how Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate baseless Biden conspiracies (CNN)
Israel says Gaza tower it destroyed was used by Hamas to try to jam Iron Dome (BBC)
Major internet outage briefly hits multiple sites including Reddit, Amazon, New York Times (Reuters)
Biden administration investigates ‘illegal’ leak of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett’s tax information (CNN)
Harris invites every female senator to dinner next week (The Hill)
In Featured Opinion:
Andrew Fleming: NDP is up the creek in B.C. without a paddle
Connie Sorio: Foreign migrant workers are valuable and need status
It’s World Ocean Day. This year’s theme is “Life and Livelihoods.” Check out iPolitics’ new Deep Dive portal, combining scientific research, data science, and factual journalism about our oceans and the climate.
Also, these curious orcas caught on camera off the coast of B.C. are worth a watch.
And, although they’re not swimming, this elephant family is winning hearts with their mysterious and epic road trip across China.
Have a great night.