Archive | June, 2018

Trudeau on Trump: We support North Korea efforts, won’t engage on comments

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

U.S. trade adviser Peter Navarro apologizes for his ‘special place in hell’ remark about prime minister

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cheering Donald Trump’s bid to broker a deal to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but he’s keeping mum on the U.S. president’s persistent trash talk against Canada.

The Liberal government is looking forward to seeing the details of the agreement that emerged from Monday’s historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trudeau said Tuesday as he arrived on Parliament Hill for his weekly cabinet meeting.

“We support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea, (and) we look forward to looking at the details of the agreement,” Trudeau said.

“On (Trump’s) comments, I’m going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests.”

Trump told a lengthy news conference in Singapore that Trudeau’s assertion that Canada “will not be pushed around” will end up costing Canadians “a lot of money.”

Among the many topics that came up was Trump’s recent Twitter campaign against Trudeau, whom he has called “dishonest” and “weak.”

Those comments came after Trudeau’s closing news conference at the G7 summit in Quebec on Saturday, when the prime minister said he had pushed back against the Trump administration’s hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Trump says he watched that news conference on his way to Singapore, and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix.

Trump says Trudeau “probably didn’t know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions.

“I see the television and he’s giving a news conference about how he ‘will not be pushed around’ by the United States. And I say, ‘Push him around? We just shook hands!”‘ Trump said Tuesday.

“We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy.”

Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America’s biggest trade partners, including Canada.

One particular source of his ire recently has been Canada’s supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.

“It’s very unfair to our farmers, and it’s very unfair to the people of our country,” Trump said Tuesday in Singapore.

“It’s very unfair, and it’s very unfair to our workers, and I’m gonna straighten it out. And it won’t even be tough.”

On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons approved a motion denouncing Trump’s name-calling tirade and endorsing Trudeau’s decision to stand his ground against U.S. tariffs and tweeted presidential threats.

The motion calls on the House to recognize the importance of Canada’s “long-standing, mutually beneficial trading relationship” with the U.S., “strongly oppose” the “illegitimate tariffs” imposed on steel and aluminum, stand “in solidarity” with the Trudeau government’s decision to impose retaliatory tariffs and remain united in support of the supply management system of regulating Canada’s dairy and poultry industry.

And it concludes with a direct shot at Trump, calling on the House to “reject disparaging and ad hominem statements by U.S. officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute.”

Former U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman also wants Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro to apologize for saying “there’s a special place in hell” for Trudeau, whom he accused of practising “bad-faith diplomacy” at the weekend G7 summit in Quebec.

Former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore, a member of the government’s advisory group on NAFTA, hailed Trudeau’s approach, refusing to react to “the noise, the bluster, the Twitter, the emotional outbursts.”

Similarly, former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, also a member of the NAFTA advisory group, said Trudeau is doing the right thing.

Ambrose said the government needs to consider what more it’s willing to put on the NAFTA table, keeping in mind that “what’s at stake is just so much bigger than our pride. This is about our economy and millions and millions of jobs.”

As well, she said the government should accelerate work on its Plan B in the event that Trump blows up NAFTA or follows through on threats to impose tariffs on autos and auto parts — a move Ambrose said would be devastating to Canada’s economy. Among other things, she said the government should be preparing to keep pace with corporate tax cuts and tax breaks south of the border.

The United States has imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum. The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other U.S. products by July 1.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh urged the federal government to get serious about drafting a rescue plan for steel and aluminum workers, who are going to feel the brunt of the initial impact of the dispute — and soon.

“Sometimes when we think about tariffs, when we think about a trade war, we lose sight of the real impact, and that’s on workers,” Singh told a news conference on Parliament Hill.

“We’ve got to look at what supports are available to ensure that if their jobs, their livelihoods are compromised, what can the government do to support these folks.”

Comments (0)

A new day has dawned in Ontario’: Doug Ford PCs win majority government

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

With PCs handed a majority government on Thursday, Ford took the stage in a Toronto ballroom and heralded a new, Fordian era in Ontario

TORONTO — With Progressive Conservatives handed a majority government on Thursday, Doug Ford took the stage in a Toronto ballroom and, thundering all the phrases that won him the premier’s office, heralded a new, Fordian era in Ontario: “The party with the taxpayers’ money is over,” he said. “It’s done.”

Late Thursday night, the PCs were leading in at least 76 ridings — a gobsmacking showing in an election once considered to be a tight race. The NDP, which emerged midway through the campaign as the best hope for voters opposed to a Ford-led PC government, were firmly in second place, relegating Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals to third after 15 years as Ontario’s governing party.

“We have taken back Ontario,” Ford told to supporters packed into the Toronto Congress Centre. “My friends, help is here!

“Tonight we have sent a clear message to the world: Ontario is open for business.”

 “There is another generation and I am passing the torch to that generation,” Wynne said, holding back tears. “I know that tonight is not the result we were looking for and no one feels that more sharply than I do.”

After Wynne’s conceded defeat a week ahead of election day, the race appeared a toss-up between the NDP and the PCs — with opinion polls suggesting the two were deadlocked. Instead, Ford surged easily to a majority on a platform heavy on populist values and light on details, deflecting criticism for his lack of a costed platform. A lawsuit from Rob Ford’s widow alleging Ford mishandled his brother’s estate and destroyed the value of the family business also appears to have done little to damage Ford’s brand as a competent businessman.

“I know that my brother Rob is looking down from heaven,” Ford told supporters. “I’m just getting chills talking about him right now.”

Doug’s wife and daughters watched from the side of the stage before joining him in celebration. His brother Randy stood nearby, wearing his trademark cowboy hat with sunglasses perched on top. Inside the cavernous ballroom, Ford supporters decked out in white “For The People” shirts and carrying “Help Is On The Way” signs crammed around the stage as Doug gave his speech. They broke out in applause at nearly every line.

Earlier, as election results came in, cheers went up in the room every time a broadcast showed projections that a Liberal cabinet minister would fall in their riding: Finance Minister Charles Sousa, Economic Development Minister Steven Del Duca, Treasury Board President Eleanor McMahon. But scattered boos broke out when the TV switched to victorious Green Party leader Mike Schreiner giving a speech on the need to fight climate change.

Meantime, PC star candidate Caroline Mulroney won her York-Simcoe riding handily, by more than 15,000 votes. Christine Elliot, the veteran Tory politician who, along with Mulroney, ran against Ford for the party leadership, also won her seat.

With 8,264 of 8,419 polls reporting, the NDP had nearly 34 per cent of the vote across the province and were leading or had won in 39 ridings. When NDP Leader Andrea Horwath arrived on the scene at an election party in Hamilton, she moved through a crowd of people, and framed the party’s performance Thursday as a victory.

“We have won more seats than we have held in a generation,” Horwath told supporters, who responded with chants of “Andrea!”

“I am deeply humbled that Ontarians have asked us to serve as the new official opposition.”

Former Ontario Speaking to reporters later, Horwath embraced the mantle of holding an Ontario PC government to account.

“Because lord knows,” she said, “they’re going to need to be held to account.”

A switch to electronic voting machines seemed to accelerate results, with projections of a PC victory coming well within an hour of polls closing. The fast pace was somewhat surprising, considering the peculiar series of events that had upended several polling stations throughout voting day Thursday. Two separate police investigations thrust four schools into lockdown, forcing Elections Ontario to extend voting hours at polling stations across several electoral districts.

Elections Ontario was adamant the delays had nothing to do with its new vote tabulating systems, suggesting there was swirling misinformation to the contrary. “Any other information you have received … is incorrect,” spokeswoman Jessica Pellerin said in an email, adding that technological hiccups with the machines, much complained about by voters online, were quickly remedied.

Comments (0)

Wynne hopes Ford changes rules to give Liberals official party status

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

TORONTO — Ontario’s outgoing Liberals made a pitch to hold on to official party status Friday as they entered a period of extreme uncertainty in the wake of an election that took them from a majority government to a mere seven seats.

Kathleen Wynne, who stepped down as Liberal leader after the party’s dramatic downfall, said she hopes premier-designate Doug Ford will change the rules to grant the designation, which currently requires eight seats in the legislature.

“I think it’s important,” she said. “I hope that Mr. Ford will agree.”

Ford only said he would talk to his team about the issue in the days and weeks to come.

Being a recognized party in the legislature allows parties to have an office for their leader and access resources such as research assistance, but the threshold required for the designation can be changed by legislators, as has been in the past.

The loss of that status is “one more indignity” to the Liberals as they try to rebuild following a devastating defeat that propelled the Progressive Conservatives to power for the first time in 15 years and elevated the New Democrats to the official Opposition, said Jonathan Malloy, a political science professor at Carleton University.

“They’ve been laid lower than they’ve ever been before, (their loss) is not the single worst disaster for a major political party in Canada but it ranks up there,” he said.

“I absolutely think the Ontario Liberal party is coming back, I have no doubt about that but it’s going to be a long road for them … they’re going to need some time to lick their wounds, to retool, to identify a new leadership.”

The party will face financial challenges, both in and out of the legislature, which the loss of party status will aggravate, he said. The legislative assembly’s internal economy board sets aside funds each year to be distributed among official parties.

It’s unlikely the NDP would support loosening the rules around party status considering they were denied a similar reprieve under the Liberals in 2003, Malloy said.

New Democrats were granted some accommodations at the time, including some funding, and earned party status the following year when leader Andrea Horwath won a byelection.

“I don’t really see why the NDP would want to give anything to the Liberals now…memories are long in politics,” Malloy said.

Horwath was pressed on the issue Friday and would only say that the decision was Ford’s to make. “The people gave the Liberals seven seats, that’s what they have in the legislature and that’s what they’re going to have to deal with,” she said.

The Liberals, who had faced voter anger over rising hydro bills and questionable government spending among other issues, said they would weigh their next steps. Asked how long she believes the party will need to recover, Wynne said regardless of the timeline, the work must begin now.

“We need to reconnect with each other now that the election is over and with our communities and use that same capacity that we have had for many, many years to rebuild,” she said. “I can’t tell you how long that’s going to take but our target is four years.”

The party’s president, Brian Johns, said the process to select an interim leader from the seven caucus members was underway, though he declined to say how long it would take or when the party would begin looking for a permanent successor to Wynne.

Former Liberal cabinet minister John Milloy, now an assistant professor of public ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, said the last thing the party should do is rush to select a permanent leader.

People are exhausted and resources are thin following the campaign, he said, and the party would do better to bide its time.

“I would think that they’d want to consolidate, get their feet under them, figure out how they’re going to operate in the legislature,” he said.

“I could see them choosing … the middle option — someone who’s going to carry the ball for a while and then you sort of have a convention closer to the next election, in a couple of years, where you could actually showcase someone.”

While it’s too early to name contenders to lead the Liberals into the next election, the party has several options to hold the fort before then, he said.

If the Liberals want a “seasoned hand” to act as the party’s caretaker, legislator Michael Gravelle would be a good choice and is respected within the party, he said. Or they could pick among their younger legislators if they want a fresh face who may eventually seek to take up the mantle permanently, he said.

Either way, the party will need to be creative to shore up excitement on a shoestring budget, he said, noting the upcoming federal election will provide an opportunity to capitalize on the federal party’s brand and keep Liberal flames alive.

The Tory majority could play in the party’s favour if the new government proves ineffective or starts making mistakes, he added.

“But the biggest challenge that I think the provincial Liberals have is they’re going to have to differentiate themselves from the New Democratic Party and I think quite frankly that was one of the issues (in the election).”

Comments (0)

73 new MPPs bring fresh perspectives to Queen’s Park

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

Suze Morrison is among the first-time legislators on their way to Queen’s Park. And while she says her work in the non-profit sector and on boards has primed her for the role, she does have a number of practical questions.

“Things like hiring staff, opening an office, who tells me where my seat in this house is, and where my office at Queen’s Park will be,” said Morrison, who won the Toronto Centre riding for the NDP.

Last week’s sweeping Progressive Conservative victory is bringing a massive influx of rookie MPPs to the Ontario Legislature. The group of 73 newcomers is the largest in 15 years, and more than four times bigger than the batch of successful rookies in the 2014 provincial election.

That wave of fresh faces holds both promise and the potential for pitfalls, experts say.

Penny Bryden, a history professor at the University of Victoria, said the fresh perspectives of new legislators presents an opportunity to deliver on the electorate’s desire for government to do things differently. At the same time, she said, newbies can be liabilities, in that inexperience often leads to gaffes and scandals.

“There’s a chance to think outside the box now,” Bryden said. “But then there’s the flip side of that, because nobody knows what they’re doing and therefore they make a lot of mistakes.”

Premier-elect Doug Ford has no experience in provincial politics, Bryden noted, “so you’ve got the person who’s setting the tone not knowing what key it’s being played in. I think that will automatically suggest a higher likelihood of missteps.”

The Deputy Clerk’s office told the Star there will be two days of orientation for new MPPs in June and August, which will include training in administration and procedural affairs.

John Fraser, who was re-elected to represent Ottawa South last week, said finding one’s bearings in the job can be a “steep hill.”

Fraser, who was first elected in the 2013 byelection to replace Dalton McGuinty, said it took him about four months to get used to the job. “It’s a big change,” he said, from the complex policy work to the simpler challenges, like finding the washrooms.

Donna Skelly, another newcomer to provincial politics, became the sole PC MPP in an orange wave that took Hamilton last week – even her riding, Flamborough-Glanbrook, is brand new.

“I’m currently a city councillor and I think that there are many similarities in terms of constituency work, challenges, your obligations to the electorate,” she said, noting that she developed a thick skin as a broadcast journalist before working for the municipality.

“I’m very comfortable with any sort of criticism,” Skelly said, “but not everyone has the opportunity to develop a thick skin.”

An influx of new legislators is inevitable when a dynasty like the Ontario Liberal Party is defeated, said University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman. What is less predictable, he said, is how ready those newcomers are to be effective legislators.

“Some might not have been in the provincial legislature even as a tourist in their life,” Wiseman said. “Others may be very well-grounded in public policy, public administration. Some may have Grade 10 educations and some may have PhDs.”

Gilles Bisson has represented Timmins-James Bay since 1990, making him one of the three longest-serving members at Queen’s Park.

The NDP MPP said he’s seen turnover of nearly this scale before and while it can be disruptive, the challenges are fleeting. “When the Tories were ousted out of office some 15 years ago, there were a lot of new members elected, probably not as much as now, but people adjust,” he said.

Fraser, who has volunteered to help the latest batch of new MPPs make their way into the fold, said that whether you’re a newcomer or a veteran, the key to success is the same: serve the people who elected you.

“Never forget where you came from, who sent you, and why they sent you, which means all politics is local,” Fraser said, adding that, at its best, politics transcends party lines.

“That’s the most important thing a new [member] — and all members — should know.”

For Morrison, there’s comfort in all the good wishes she’s received. “There are definitely supports in place, through the party and the great staff that work at Queen’s Park,” she said.

“I know people have my back, and there’s experienced MPPs who’re going to support me in the role.”

Comments (0)

Seven remaining Liberal MPPs prepare to rebuild their party

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

The party’s not over — but to bring it back to life, the Ontario Liberals know they have a lot of work ahead of them.

And at the centre of the rebuilding will be the seven MPPs who survived an election that saw the party go from majority government at Queen’s Park to losing official status.

 “The first thing is listening to people, to get a better understanding of why people felt so disconnected,” said MPP and outgoing cabinet minister Michael Coteau, who was re-elected in Don Valley East in a tough fight with PC candidate Denzil Minnan-Wong. “What was really behind the hate for the Liberals, in many areas?”

Coteau said he believes Liberal values and policies still have support, but in the last few years, “it was hard for people to stay connected to us.”

Outrage over issues like hydro “was the piece that was obvious,” said Coteau, who held three big portfolios prior to the election — children and youth, anti-racism and community and social services. “But there are other pieces that are there that are less obvious, and we need to talk about them.”

After the June 7 vote, and 15 years in power, the Liberals faced the wrath of voters, who reduced their numbers to a handful of MPPs, including Coteau, outgoing Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mitzie Hunter in the Toronto area; John Fraser, Nathalie Des Rosiers and Marie-France Lalonde in the Ottawa area; and Michael Gravelle in Thunder Bay-Superior North.

 “The results speak for themselves — it was a clear message,” said Hunter, who represents Scarborough-Guildwood. “We have to listen to that.”

The first challenge will be for the remaining Liberal MPPs to push for party status — which would provide them with funding and the right to regularly ask questions in the legislature — and make sure they keep the party in the news, said Kathy Brock, a policy studies and political science professor at Queen’s University.

“But the more important thing is that the Liberal party has to get in touch with its constituency associations and find out what was said at the doors” during the election campaign, she said.

“It’s not just anger” that brought them down, she added. “What they’ve got to do is a good analysis of where did things go wrong, and then start to rebuild the party platform that way.”

Though many turned to the NDP this time, “if the Liberals give them a reason to come back, they will,” she added.

Both Coteau and Hunter said they will continue to advocate for their ridings, especially given voters chose them knowing the Liberals would not form government.

As for the party, “the other piece that’s going to be challenging, we are going to be in debt,” Coteau added, at a time when “fundraising is not going to be like it has been over the last 15 years.

“We’re going to have to go back to the base, and we’re going to have to build together and we’re going to have to get ourselves out of debt,” he added.

“I don’t know if it’s going to take four years or eight years (to rebuild the party), but I know one thing, it’s going to take a long time and we’ll know better a year from now.”

The party will have to be “better aligned with where Ontarians want to be,” he added, and said it’s important to keep reaching out to MPPs who are not returning, as well as others in the party with experience being in opposition.

Hunter, a former education and post-secondary minister, said she heard a lot about child care and other issues while going door to door during the campaign. “At the same time, we have to pinpoint priorities for people in their lives,” she said. “What are we offering? Was that the priority? We have to find that out.”

Local riding associations will play a big part, she added, “making them aware that although everyone is disappointed in the result of the 2018 election, that it’s not over. We will rebuild.”

She and the other six MPPs have spoken one-on-one and via two conference calls, including one Monday morning. One of their first tasks will be to choose an interim leader.

“We are a small team,” Hunter said, “but we have a lot of work to do.”

Comments (0)

Trump’s tariff threat rattles auto sector

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose 25-per-cent tariffs on auto imports from Canada would devastate the integrated supply chain that has been built up over decades and also cause job losses on both sides of the border, industry experts warn.

“It’s definitely going to impact the whole supply chain of automobiles in Canada and in the U.S.,” says Laurie Tannous, special adviser for the Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor.

The North American auto sector is so highly integrated that parts and components can cross Canada and Mexico’s borders as many as eight times before being installed in a final assembly plant.

Some experts say the tariff would be imposed on completed cars while others say it would be charged each time a part crosses into the U.S.

Shifting tool lines to the United States would be so complicated it could take many months if it can be done at all, Tannous said in an interview.

The U.S. initiated an investigation to determine if automobile imports threaten to impair national security.

Imports of passenger vehicles have grown to 48 per cent from 32 per cent of cars sold two decades ago while employment in auto production has declined 22 per cent, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.

Trump’s strategy appears aimed at returning the auto supply chain back to the U.S.

While Canada and Mexico currently pay no tariffs, manufacturers in Japan and the Europe Union pay 2.5 per cent but charge American products 10 per cent.

“No wonder Germany sells us three cars for every one we export to Germany,” Peter Navarro, assistant to the president for trade and manufacturing policy, wrote in an op-ed piece in the New York Times.

BMW X-series SUVs assembled in the United States contain only 25 to 35 per cent U.S. content while the high-value engines and transmissions come from Germany and Austria, he noted.

Navarro said Canada has dumped lumber into the U.S. and erected high barriers to harm wheat, barley, beer, spirits and dairy at a disadvantage.

“It’s time for our major trading partners — from strategic competitors like China to key members of the Group of 7 — to realize that the era of American complacency in the international marketplace is over.”

The implications of a high auto tariff would be felt by everyone working in the auto sector and beyond, said Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, which represents Canadian auto workers.

“Sixty five per cent of all parts that go into a Canadian assembled vehicle comes from the United States, so there’s no way they can get out of this thing unscathed,” he said in an interview.

Canada’s auto sector, which is the country’s leading export, employs 120,000 workers — 40,000 in assembly and 80,000 in auto parts and delivers $80 billion in economic activity.

Dias said auto industry bosses won’t sit idly by if Trump hurts their bottom lines by choking off the supply of components before American ones are built.

“You’ll end up with bankruptcies before that happens,” he said in an interview.

Besides, the industry is operating at capacity so there’s no room in assembly plants to add models.

While the impact would be devastating, it’s not clear how many Canadians would lose their jobs, Dias said.

The proposed tariffs would cause between 157,000 and 195,000 American workers to lose their jobs over at least one to three years, according to two U.S. reports.

The impact would increase to 624,000 if auto producers such as Canada retaliate with tariffs of their own, says a report from the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said 760,000 jobs would be lost from tariffs on aluminum, steel and autos.

“And if the administration carries out its threat to withdraw from NAFTA, an additional 1.8 million U.S. jobs could be lost in the first year alone,” it stated in a news release.

Some automakers may shift production to the U.S. to avoid tariffs, but the relocation decisions would have to factor in the costs of broken supply chains, investment uncertainties and less demand for products due to higher prices, said the report.

Prices would rise because the current North American supply chain provides the lowest costs, said Sherman Robinson, one of the study’s authors.

“There’s a reason those value chains are scattered around North America. They’re efficient and cheap,” he said from Washington.

“Right now it is competitive internationally because of NAFTA. It would cease to be competitive once you bring all those value chains inside, especially if you put tariffs on aluminum and steel, which will raise the cost even more.”

Tariffs would add about $6,400 (U.S.) to the price of an imported $30,000 (U.S.) car, said a report from Trade Partnership Worldwide.

Price increases would be more than $8,500 (U.S.) per vehicle unless cooler heads prevail, predicts Tannous.

“If we have a couple of weeks of a cooling-off period and maybe get back to the table on NAFTA and see if we can’t resolve that perhaps all of this will go by the wayside.”

 

Comments (0)

Annual Walk for Al- Quds Held on Saturday 09th June 2018 At Queens Park

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

Over 2,500 Jews, Christians, Muslims and people from all walks of lives in Toronto joined millions of protestors in over 800 cities to condemn the israeli war crimes against the indigenous Palestinian population. The protestors expressed their solidarity with the 7.2 million refugees who have been forced out of their homes by the Zionist extremist settlers, who believe that they have a religious right to the land. The attendees also expressed their dismay at the incarceration of over 800,000 and the massacre of over 9,000 Palestinians including over 2,000 children.

Speakers at the rally, which included Jewish human rights activists, strongly condemned the war crimes committed by the israeli army especially in the past two months in Gaza. Many of the attendees wore lab coats to express solidarity with Razan Al-Najjar, a 21 year old Palestinian nurse, murdered by the israeli army snipers for the crime of trying to help an injured protestor. A number of women also carried coffins of children to give a voice to the anguish of the mothers of the Palestinian children including an 8 month old baby killed by tear gas poisoning last month and a 15 year old boy shot dead by Israeli snipers on Friday.

The attempts by JDL and B’nai Brith to stop the Al Quds rally failed miserably again this year. The Jews attending the rally also strongly condemned the unsuccessful efforts by these organizations to label condemnation of israeli war crimes as anti-Semitism and vowed to never let the racist ideology of Zionism represent the beautiful faith of Judaism. The speakers at the rally also issued a strong condemnation of the derogatory sermon by the Chief Rabbi of Israel in March 2018 in which he referred to black people as ‘monkeys’ and reinforced Zionist racial supremacist ideology of defining the purpose of existence of non-Jews as servants of Jews.

Comments (0)

Statement by Ruby Sahota on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Imposed by the United States of America

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

Ottawa, ON – As a Member of the Automotive Caucus and as a Member of Parliament for the city that is home to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one of the largest automotive companies in North America, I will not stop fighting for the Canadian Automotive sector and the jobs it supports, especially here in Brampton. In response to the United States President’s decision to place tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, our government will impose dollar for dollar tariffs against imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the US. We will challenge these illegal and counterproductive measures under NAFTA and at the WTO. Businesses in our community have spoken to me to express their concerns about these tariffs. We know that tariffs are not helpful to businesses and consumers on either side of the border. It will disrupt linked supply chains and impact both Canadian and US businesses. My door remains open to local businesses to discuss concerns you may have, and I invite you to submit feedback directly to the Government. The consultation will be open until June 15. The US is Canada’s close ally and friend, and these tariffs are an affront to the longstanding security partnership between Canada and the US. Our government continues to believe that common sense will prevail. We will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests and work to put an end to the US’ illegal and counterproductive tariffs.

Comments (0)

Alia Bhatt dines with Ranbir’s family, walks hand-in-hand with Samara

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

Alia Bhatt is growing closer to Ranbir Kapoor as well as his family. On Saturday night, the ‘Highway’ actress was caught on a dinner date with beau Ranbir, Neetu Kapoor, Riddhima Sahni and her daughter Samara. Alia was dressed in a white outfit, colour co-ordinated with Ranbir’s niece.

Holding samara’s hand, Alia is seen making exit from the restaurant while Ranbir and his family followed the two. Apart from exchanging gifts and sharing comments on social media, Alia has also started to spend time with the Kapoor family to know them more closely.

Alia is the choice of the Kapoor family and they have accepted to make Alia their bahu. Recently, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni gifted a special bracelet to Alia and the latter also has gifted the sweet niece of her lover, Samara an adorable hamper.

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Ranbir admitted being in love with Alia.

“It’s really new right now, and I don’t want to over speak. It needs time to breathe and it needs space. As an actor, as a person, Alia is — what’s the right word — flowing right now. When I see her work, when I see her act, even in life, what she gives is something that I’m aspiring to for myself,” he said.

About falling in love again, Ranbir said, “It always comes with a lot of excitement. It’s a new person, it comes with new beats. Old tricks become new tricks again – you know, being charming and romantic, all of that. I think I’m more balanced today. I value relationships more. I can appreciate hurt and what it does to a person much more than I could a couple years back.”

Talking about the past affair of Alia and Ranbir, the ‘Raazi’ actress dated Sidharth Malhotra earlier while Ranbir Kapoor was romantically linked up with Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif.

Comments (0)

ABC issues apology statement after Priyanka Chopra’s Quantico receives flak from Indians

Posted on 13 June 2018 by admin

 Priyanka Chopra, who is currently seen in ABC Studios’ crime drama Quantico, recently, came under fire over an episode. The episode titled ‘The Blood of Romeo’ showed Indian nationalists framing against Pakistan in a terror plot. This episode invited wrath against the makers, the network and Priyanka Chopra over their episode. This offended many Indians and Priyanka Chopra received a lot of flak for the same. Now, ABC Network has offered an apology to the fans over the episode.

ABC issued the statement which read, “ABC Studios and the executive producers of ‘Quantico’ would like to extend an apology to our audience who were offended by the most recent episode, ‘The Blood of Romeo.’ The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it. She has no involvement in the casting of the show or the storylines depicted in the series.”

“Quantico is a work of fiction. The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone,” the statement read.

The Blood of Romeo synopsis read, “When a physics professor at a major U.S. university steals weaponized uranium, the team scrambles to find the professor and the missing uranium before it can be used against an important international summit meeting in New York City.”

Quantico returned with its third season on April 26 with an abbreviated season. The show picked up three years later from where it left off last season and has even taken Kerry Washington’s Scandal slot. But, it seems like the shift in the day from Sunday to Thursday and revamp of the show did not work. This season, a new showrunner came on board. While the show hasn’t been big on live + same day viewing, Quantico has done well in delayed viewing with a solid international seller for the ABC studios thanks to Priyanka Chopra’s massive following.

Now, in its third season and with low ratings, ABC decided to cancel Quantico. The third season will air the rest of episodes. The season finale, which is the 13th episode, will be the series finale. Quantico stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle, Alan Powell as Mike McQuigg, with Marlee Matlin as Jocelyn Turner and Blair Underwood as Owen Hall.

Comments (0)

Advertise Here
Advertise Here