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Good morning, readers.
Today is the United Nations’ World Bicycle Day, celebrating the bike as a means of transportation and calling on governments around the world to invest in pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly infrastructure for the good of our collective health and the environment.
In case you missed it, the federal New Democrats unveiled their climate plan on Friday, promising to help cities move toward “fare-free” public transit and providing larger federal rebates for zero-emission vehicles. Jolson Lim has more on the NDP plan.
It has been three long and often tumultuous years in the making, but the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be delivered at a ceremony in Gatineau, Que. today.
Though Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett would not comment on the contents of the report ahead of the release, the CBC reports that the document outlines several recommendations to government, police forces and the general public to better recognise, understand and address endemic levels of violence experiences by Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.
Though the inquiry’s final report strives to enact changes moving forward, it, of course, does not solve the thousands of deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls to date.
“I would say almost all of the families, they want answers, they want closure, they want resolution on what has happened to their loved ones, and this inquiry hasn’t done that,” long-time MMIW advocate and the former Grand Chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak told the Toronto Star.
With the report’s release on the horizon, federal Conservatives were trying to distance themselves from Harper-era Aboriginal affairs minister Bernard Valcourt on Sunday. Valcourt called the Inquiry’s finding of a “genocide” of Indigenous women and girls “propagandist.”
He Tweeted on Friday, “How far do those activists will go? What has been the cost to Canadians for this propagandist report? What have we learned that we did not already know? Who feels better in Canada among First Nations for that thunderous silly conclusion that all we wanted was to kill them all?”
ICYMI from iPolitics
IN OTHER NEWS
Conservative MP Michael Cooper is learning that words matter, and the words he spoke at a House justice committee meeting last week have resulted in his removal as a member.
The St. Albert—Edmonton MP told a witness during a hearing dedicated to online hate that he should be “ashamed” for drawing a link between “conservative commentators” and the online history of Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette. Cooper also named the perpetrator of the March terror attack on a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque and read an excerpt from his manifesto.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said that the matter is closed now that Cooper will no longer sit on the justice committee, but critics want to see the MP booted from caucus. He continues to serve as the Tories’ deputy justice critic.
Scheer has previously promised to be proactive in weeding out intolerance from the Conservative party, and is being criticised for not coming down harder on Cooper.
“What is deeply concerning is the fact that Mr. Cooper had the manifesto in his possession and read it in a parliamentary committee as a federal MP,” said committee witness and Alberta Muslim Affairs Council president Faisal Khan Suri. “This is a document from a white extremist who murdered 51 innocent people. That is concerning.”
The polls will be coming fast and furious in the coming months as the October federal election approaches. The latest numbers from Abacus Data have the Conservatives and Liberals neck and neck, with 33 per cent saying they would vote for the Grits if an election were held today, and 32 per cent saying their vote would be for the Tories. The NDP would pick up 16 per cent of the vote, with 12 per cent going to the Greens.
Former Liberal MPs Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott are likely anxious to learn how many Canadians will vote for independent candidates in October. The Toronto Star caught up with self-styled democracy reformer Dave Meslin, who advised the women at the centre of the SNC-Lavalin storm to eschew party politics in the next federal election.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, addressing an audience of Canada’s mayors, warned on Friday that the election of a Conservative government next fall would mean a return “to the days when austerity was the federal government’s only policy.” Kevin Dougherty reports.
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CARTOON OF THE DAY
AROUND THE WORLD
- Taiwan urges China to ‘repent’ for Tiananmen, China paper says event is merely history (Reuters)
- Top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol reappears days after purge report (Associated Press)
- Deal or no deal, we leave EU on Oct. 31: UK PM candidate Johnson (Reuters)
- Trump Arrives for U.K. State Visit (New York Times)
- Pompeo delivers unfiltered view of Trump’s Middle East peace plan in off-the-record meeting (Washington Post)
- Pentagon tells White House: Keep politics away from the military (Washington Post)
Remember the Tamagotchi? If you’re a millennial, those hand-held pixelated pets likely dominated a good chunk of your childhood. They’re due to make a comeback next month, with colour screens and pets that can do more than eat, sleep and die.
Have a great day!