Canada and The Queen, Poilievre meet Tory Caucus: In the news September 12 – Lethbridge News Now | Jewelry Dukan

“Canada, one of the oldest countries in the Commonwealth, will have a prominent role early in the inauguration and later in official visits by the governor-general and prime minister,” he said in a phone interview on Sunday.

The coffin of the late Queen left Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Sunday, where it was taken by hearse to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. It will be flown to London on Tuesday, where it will eventually be made available to the public to say their goodbyes in the four days leading up to Monday’s funeral.

Goodale was at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, where he was attending a meeting of Commonwealth officials hosted by the new King Charles III.

There he was able to express his condolences to the new monarch on behalf of Canada and “our best wishes for him in his new role as king,” he said.

Goodale also thanked the King and his wife Camilla, now Queen Consort, for their recent visit to Canada in May.

Goodale said he will be one of three “official mourners” from Canada, alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor-General Mary Simon. Goodale’s office is currently working with Rideau Hall, the Prime Minister’s Office and other bodies in Canada to determine how many more Canadians can participate. Canada will also be represented with a large contingent of armed forces.

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Pierre Poilievre will address the national Conservative caucus today for the first time since he easily secured the party’s leadership over the weekend.

Poilievre will meet with Tory MPs and Senators in Ottawa, where many had already gathered to see his big win.

The longtime MP drove to the opposition leader’s office in a resounding victory, capturing nearly all of the country’s 338 horsemen and nearly reaching the 70 percent mark of support from party members.

Poilievre has already begun transitioning into his new role as leader, with just over a week to do so before the House of Commons resumes on September 20.

He enjoyed the support of 62 of the party’s other 118 MPs during the leadership campaign.

He must decide which of them will play a critical role and reach out to those who have not supported him, including most of the 10 Quebec Conservative MPs who supported the province’s former premier, Jean Charest.

Monday’s caucus is also the first time party MPs have had an opportunity to see how Poilievre intends to both lead and manage their internal affairs.

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Federal Liberals say they are determined to do more to help Canadians feel inflation.

The Caucus is meeting this week in St Andrews, NB for a retreat where the cost of living will be front and center for all MPs.

Rachel Bendayan, parliamentary secretary to the Deputy Treasury Secretary, says MPs all heard very clearly from voters over the summer recess how difficult it has become to keep paying the bills.

The fight against inflation is also politically crucial for the Liberals, as new Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre maintains his scathing criticism of the government over inflation.

Bendayan says Poilievre is good at “hitting one-liners” but has no concrete plans for inflation beyond promoting the unpredictable cryptocurrency Bitcoin to “walk out” of inflation.

The Liberals plan to double GST rebates, offer dental care to low-income families with young children and increase a rental housing subsidy, but have had to delay the policies’ rollout until after the Queen’s funeral.

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HARTFORD, Conn. _ A month after losing a nearly $50 million judgment, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones faces a second trial for calling Sandy Hook Elementary School a scam and causing emotional and psychological damage to several of the victims’ families.

A six-person jury with multiple deputies in Connecticut will begin Tuesday hearing evidence about how much Jones should pay the families since he has already been found liable for damages to them. The process should take about four weeks.

Last month, a Texas jury ordered Jones to pay $49.3 million to the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, one of 26 students and teachers killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shooting. Jones’ attorney said an appeal is planned.

The Connecticut case has the potential for a larger arbitration as it involves three lawsuits — which have been consolidated — filed by 15 plaintiffs, including the families of nine of the victims and a former FBI agent linked to the shooting responded at school.

The families and former FBI agent William Aldenberg say they have been personally confronted and harassed by Jones’ supporters over the scam plot. They also say they have endured death threats and received abusive comments on social media.

Jones, who runs his web show and brand Infowars in Austin, Texas, is facing a third fraud-conspiracy trial in another pending court case brought by Sandy Hook’s parents in Texas.

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BEIJING _ The death toll in a major earthquake in western China rose to 93 as the search for survivors continued, authorities said.

A magnitude 6.8 quake struck Sichuan province last week, with much of the damage concentrated throughout the Tibet Autonomous Region in the province.

Another 25 people are missing as of Sunday night, rescue workers said, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The search for survivors and the recovery of bodies were complicated by torrential rains and the risk of landslides, forcing some residents to move to temporary shelters.

The earthquake also affected the provincial capital of Chengdu, where residents were subject to strict zero-COVID controls, meaning they were not allowed to leave their buildings. Footage online showed residents banging on metal gates at the front of apartment complexes as they attempted to exit their buildings.

Ten million remain under China’s sweeping zero-COVID controls. The Chengdu local government announced that some districts that have had no new COVID-19 cases will be allowed to reopen on Monday. However, a large part of the 21 million inhabitants remain locked down. The city reported just 143 cases of coronavirus infection Monday, more than half of which were people who had no symptoms.

China has stuck to its massive system of lockdowns and mass testing even as the rest of the world has eased restrictions. The country’s approach has minimized deaths but kept millions of people confined to their homes for weeks or even months.

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The Los Angeles Police Department appointed the world’s first female police officer, former social worker Alice Wells.

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Tenille Townes cemented her status as one of Canadian country music’s top stars on Sunday, taking home five trophies at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Calgary.

Townes, who also shared co-hosting duties with Atlanta artist Blanco Brown, went into the weekend with seven leading nominations. She was named Songwriter of the Year, Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for Girl Who Didn’t Care, Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Masquerades.

“This is so cool. Man, it feels so good to be back in Alberta,” said the Grande Prairie native, who now lives in Nashville, paying tribute to the artists who came before her.

“It’s been 40 years of CCMAs and I wouldn’t be standing here if it weren’t for the heroes who have held onto it, who have come before and paved the way… Patricia Conroy, Terri Clark, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and here are the ones coming too.” next,” she said.

Townes has won 14 CCMA Awards in her career. She was also among the cast of the show and closed the show with her song “The Last Time”.

Brett Kissel performed his song “Ain’t the Same” with ’90s boy band 98 Degrees, while Lindsay Ell was joined by Canadian drag performer Kaos.

Dallas Smith, last year’s big winner, won for the second year in a row as a male artist as well as the coveted Fan Choice Award.

The first award of the evening went to the Reklaws as group or duo of the year.

Meanwhile Bailieboro, Ont. Native Jade Eagleson, who was nominated for Best Male Contestant at the awards weekend, took home the award for Canada’s Best Selling Album of the Year for “Honkytonk Revival.”

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Groups representing thousands of public sector employees are set to take action against the Ontario government in court this week as the two sides disagree over a law that capped workers’ wages.

The groups are questioning the constitutionality of Bill 124, a law passed in 2019 that caps wage increases for public sector workers at 1 percent per year.

The bill’s provisions were to apply for three years when new treaties are negotiated, and the Tories had said it was a temporary approach to help eliminate the deficit.

Nurses, teachers and Ontario public servants hope the law will be ruled unconstitutional.

Critics have long called for the bill to be repealed, saying it contributed to a serious shortage of caregivers.

The province rejected these calls.

The groups argue that the bill violates a section of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects meaningful collective bargaining.

The province says the bill does not violate the charter.

The case is scheduled to begin hearings in Toronto starting today, with arguments expected over 10 days.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 12, 2022.

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