True North Initiative News Scan 02 20 18

TOP STORIES

Justin Trudeau’s ‘unusual’ India trip raises eyebrows

As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his eight-day visit to India, the fact that his schedule includes just half-a-day of official engagements in New Delhi is being described as “unusual” by veteran diplomats and criticised by a Canadian watchdog. A veteran Indian diplomat said in his long experience with bilateral visits, he had never experienced a trip of this nature, where the visiting dignitary spent so little time in official engagements with counterparts in the Indian government. (Hindustan Times) (Indian Express)

Justin Trudeau to meet Punjab CM, but talk of him getting the cold shoulder won’t end

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met India’s corporate titans on Tuesday as he pursued a tour of the country marred by reports he has been snubbed by political leaders. Trudeau addressed a business conference in Mumbai on Tuesday morning, attended by leaders from the Tata conglomerate, IT giants Infosys and pharmaceutical major Jubilant Life Sciences. (Hindustan Times) (Business Today)

Trudeau tours India amid quips PM being given 'cold shoulder'

Candice Malcolm, a columnist for the Toronto Sun newspaper, insisted that Trudeau has been given the "cold shoulder" by the Indian government. India accuses Canadian administrations of backing separatist groups although Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, a Sikh, has publicly denied that his community was sympathetic to the Khalistan cause. All four of Trudeau's Indian-Canadian ministers are of Sikh origin. (Daily Mail) (Tribune.com.pk)

No welcome tweet or hug for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

PM Modi personally greets and welcomes the Israeli PM, UAE Crown Prince and US President. For PM Trudeau, he sends a low-ranking official. ‘Canada is back’,” tweeted Candice Malcolm, a columnist for the Toronto Sun. “Dear people of India, regardless of the views of our misguided Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the people of Canada support a united India. We oppose and condemn Khalistani radicals and Islamist terrorists,” she said in another tweet. (New India Express) (Voice)

North Koreans face deportation in Trudeau's Canada, report says

In January, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that those fleeing “persecution, terror & war, Canada will welcome you regardless of faith,” but a recent report indicated that his country has been deporting North Korean asylum seekers. Al Jazeera reported Sunday that since 2013, Canada has kicked out nearly 2,000 North Korean asylum seekers. These immigrants—who reportedly lied on their application forms—call the deportation notice a death warrant. (FOX) (Daily Caller)

Five Iranian officers killed, hundreds of protesters held in recent clashes

At least five police officers were killed on Monday in clashes with protesters in northern Tehran, while hundreds of protesters were arrested and several injured, according to the Iranian Irna news agency. The clashes were between security forces and dervishes of the Gonabadi denomination who had gathered in front of a police station, demanding the release of some members of their Sufi religious order, according to video footage posted on social media. (Alarabiya)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Elections commissioner examining Liberal MP Majid Jowhari’s fundraiser

The office of the elections commissioner is examining a fundraiser organized by Liberal MP Majid Jowhari that is opposed by his own Richmond Hill riding association but endorsed by federal party headquarters. Mr. Jowhari, an Iranian-born Canadian who has advocated for closer ties to Tehran since his election in 2015, has organized a $150-a-plate fundraiser scheduled for Feb. 23 at Le Parc Dining and Banquet in Markham, Ont. (Globe and Mail)

Liberals look at creating use-it-or-lose-it leave for fathers, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is raising the idea of creating a use-it-or-lose-it funded leave for new dads, doing so days before he unveils a spending blueprint that has been the focus of lobbying efforts for further changes to national parental leave policies. The idea would be similar to the paternity leave policy in Quebec, which is the only province that provides funded leave for new fathers. (CBC)

MPPs return to Queen’s Park — and radically altered political landscape

What a difference 10 weeks can make. When MPPs rose for the winter break on Dec. 14, Patrick Brown was leader of the Progressive Conservatives. Brown’s election team and his carefully crafted People’s Guarantee campaign manifesto were intact; the Liberal re-election effort was being led by Patricia Sorbara; and the New Democrats’ campaign hopes lay with Michael Balagus. (Toronto Star)

Former Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown discussed $375,000 deal with future PC candidate

An affidavit detailing a deal was sworn five months before Jass Johal was acclaimed as the candidate for the PC Party in a new riding in the suburban 905 region around Toronto. According to a copy of the affidavit shown to The Globe and Mail, Mr. Johal, a paralegal who lives in Brampton, says he agrees to purchase two million Aeroplan miles and an ownership interest in Hooligans restaurant from Mr. Brown for $375,000. "The amount is paid by certified draft from Bank of Nova Scotia," says the affidavit dated June 11, 2016 and signed by Mr. Johal. (Globe and Mail)

Patrick Brown warns PCs against keeping him from leadership race

The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives believes it would be “unconstitutional” for the party to not allow him to enter the leadership race. “It would be unconstitutional for (the Progressive Conservative leadership) to do so,” Patrick Brown said at an event in Orillia, Ont., on Monday. “The party grassroots wouldn’t stand for it.” (Global)

Come From Away returns to Toronto after a very successful debut last year, a warm respite from dark days

Since making its Canadian debut in a pre-Broadway run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto some 15 months ago, Come From Away has become a certified Broadway hit. The show’s limited pre-Broadway run broke all kinds of sales records, especially those for original Canadian musicals. Almost immediately after that original production moved to Broadway, Mirvish announced it would mount a second Toronto production, with an all-Canadian cast. (National Post)

Jihadi bride Linda Wenzel, 17, who ran off to marry Isis fighter is spared death penalty

A teenager who ran off to marry an Isis fighter has been spared the death penalty and jailed for six years in Baghdad. Jihadi bride Linda Wenzel was 16 when she was captured in Iraq and held for her role as an Islamic enforcer with Isis. Linda, now 17, appeared on TV last year crying and saying ‘I have ruined my life’ after her arrest. (Metro.co.uk) (Express.co.uk)

Clash in Beijing over President Trump’s nuclear football ended with a Secret Service agent tackling a Chinese security official and involved a shoving match with John Kelly

U.S. officials found themselves in a confrontation with the Chinese over the nuclear football in November when President Trump came to Beijing. The briefcase's carrier was blocked from entering the Great Hall of the People with the president - a major deviation from U.S. protocol. It quickly devolved in a shoving match between John Kelly, the former Marine Corps general who serves as Trump's White House chief of staff, a Chinese security official who put a hand on him, a Secret Service agent who tackled Kelly's aggressor, Axios reported. (Daily Mail)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Mark Bonokoski: Doug Ford tears a page from Donald Trump’s script book

Donald Trump has turned self-marketing into an art form, and this came long before he moved into the White House. The Art of the Deal is an old book, and Trump Tower has been on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue since 1983. So, he’s been around. For some reason, I have been on Trump’s email list since before he won the Republican nomination. How I got on that email list, however, I have no idea. Ivanka writes me, too. As does Donald Jr. (Toronto Sun)

Jerry Agar: Amazing that some think Brown has no right to defend himself

Patrick Brown, former leader of the PC Party of Ontario has a right to defend himself. Amazingly some people seem to think otherwise. Political and media commentators have made the argument recently that it is unseemly for Brown to be working full time to discredit his accusers. One called it a fully orchestrated campaign designed toward, “shredding the credibility of these women,” meaning Brown’s accusers. (Toronto Sun)

Ezra Levant: Leftist Jews demand more censorship — Here's what will happen if they get their way

In 2006, I republished the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in my old magazine, the Western Standard — and was hauled before the Alberta Human Rights Commission after some Muslims complained. Shortly thereafter, Mark Steyn published a cover story in Maclean’s called "The Future Belongs to Islam." Muslim extremists hauled him before three different Canadian Human Rights Commissions. (Rebel)

 

REPORTS, COMMITTEE HEARINGS, LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

  • Liberals 37, Conservatives 31, NDP 20, Green 8: Nanos