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— Canada might delay deliveries rather than donate excess shots: While the U.S., Norway, France, Spain, and New Zealand have all said they will begin distributing excess vaccines to poorer countries, Canada is considering simply deferring deliveries for future use instead.
“Regarding potential excess doses, our government is currently considering various options,” Procurement Minister Anita Anand said in a statement to The Globe and Mail. “These include the donation of doses to other countries as well as deferring the delivery of vaccines to later quarters in order to meet potential future needs.”
Canada is set to receive 2 million new doses this week as Pfizer/BioNTech ramp up deliveries.
— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: “As MPs head into a fourth straight week of full-time House business — which, with two weeks to go until the week-long Victoria Day break, traditionally constitutes the longest block of uninterrupted sittings in the year-long parliamentary cycle — the leaders of two of the three opposition parties are both set to hit the stage in the West Block media theatre this morning.”
— Political insiders are speculating about Carney’s next move: According to The Hill Times, some Liberal insiders say that if the former Bank of Canada governor, Mark Carney, were to run for office, he would likely to so in Ottawa South, where David McGuinty, a Liberal, is currently MP.
— The special forces commander was put on leave after it was revealed that he had written a letter of support a soldier convicted of sexual assault. Maj.-Gen. Peter Dawe is on indefinite leave with pay.
Meanwhile, sexual assault victims and advocates say they have received “rude” treatment by MPs at committees investigating sexual misconduct in the military. And Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told CBC News he was open to “far greater” changes to the military.
— Experts warn on scientific collaborations with China: Canadian and U.S. intelligence agencies are warning that some Chinese academics and companies are being pressured to share work on which they’ve collaborated with Western researchers with the Chinese military and authorities. The Globe has more.
— Proud Boys Canada dissolved: The far-right group Proud Boys Canada, which was recently designated as a terrorist entity, announced yesterday that it had been officially dissolved. It posted the statement on a Telegram channel.
— Coming up: Foreign Affairs Minister Garneau joins other foreign ministers for a G7 meeting, hosted by the U.K. More below.
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AROUND THE WORLD
— G7 ministers meet in London: The foreign ministers from the world’s seven richest countries are meeting in person for the first time in two years, though it’s not clear if some representatives will still be video-conferencing in. In addition to the core seven countries, representatives from the India, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and South Africa have also been invited. They’re set to talk climate change, Russia, and more.
— In India, Prime Minister Modi’s party lost a key state election, as the country surpassed 400,000 daily COVID-19 cases. Scientists have blamed Modi’s government for ignoring warnings about the surge in cases back in March. As of mid-March, the Indian government had reportedly exported more doses of the vaccine than it had administered to Indians.
— Australia announced a ban on travel from India — even for its own citizens. It’s being called “racist” and a breach of human rights. As the BBC reports, the policy marks “the first time Australians have been criminalized” for returning to their own country.
— Elsewhere: Blinken accuses China of acting more aggressively. Australia reviews Chinese ownership of a port. Suspected migrant boat breaks up off San Diego, killing four. Mitt Romney loudly booed at Utah Republican convention. Italy is refurbishing the Colosseum‘s floor. Angry Manchester United fans disrupted a soccer match.
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CARTOON OF THE DAY
The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge is opening in Portugal. Hanging 175 metres above the fast-flowing River Paiva, it looks absolutely terrifying.