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Canada loses bid for UN security seat

Trudeau has spent much of the year campaigning for the seat on behalf of Canada.

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In a crushing defeat for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada has lost its bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

In a secret vote of countries, Canada lost on the first ballot to Norway and Ireland.

Norway got 130 votes, Ireland 128. To win, a country needed 128, and Canada got 108.

Trudeau has spent much of the year campaigning for the seat on behalf of Canada.

Included in that was a lengthy trip to Africa to try and woo that continents leaders.

But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trudeau had been restricted in the last three months to using the phone to lobby leaders of other countries.

Trudeau has called more than 40 world leaders in the last few weeks in his bid for the seat.

Trudeau spoke Tuesday with the prime ministers of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, India, Pakistan, Spain, Ethiopia and the presidents of Angola and Mexico.

Norway and Ireland now become one of ten temporary members of the council joining the table for a two-year term.

The real power stays with the council’s five permanent members: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China which hold the power to veto resolutions. 

“Over the past number of months, whether it’s been on COVID, whether it’s been on development and financial reform, whether it’s been on climate change, whether it’s been on a range of things from peacekeeping to security to women, we have been moving forward and leading the way,” Trudeau told reporters Tuesday. 

“Regardless of what happens in the campaign, we are more engaged and we will continue to be more engaged on the world stage.” 

Canada has been elected to the Security Council six times since the 1940s but its last bid, in 2010, ended in failure for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Kenney in isolation after top minister catches COVID-19

Municipal Affairs minister tests positive

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is in quarantine after one of his top ministers caught COVID-19.

Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard revealed Wednesday afternoon she had tested positive for the virus.

As one of her close contacts, Kenney is now isolating at home.

In a statement, Allard said she is suffering from mild symptoms of the virus.

The statement said Kenney is being tested for the virus at home.

Transportation Minister Ric McIver is also isolated and being tested after having come into contact with Allard.

UCP MLAs Angela Pitt, Peter Guthrie, and Nathan Neudorff are also entering self-isolation 

On Wednesday, the province confirmed 406 new infections bringing the numbers of active cases to 3,372. 

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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NDP prop up Trudeau’s Liberals in confidence vote

The NDP move means there will be no snap election

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has denied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the election he seemed to want.

Singh said early Wednesday afternoon his party would not join the Tories and Bloc to bring down the minority government in a confidence vote over an attempt to set up an anti-corruption committee.

For several weeks the Liberals have been stalling as opposition members of the finance committee work to unveil details on the WE charity scandal that has seen revelations that Trudeau’s immediate family members have benefitted by being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars from the charity.

“We’re looking at options, but I want to make Canadians absolutely clear that we are not going to give the Prime Minister the election he’s looking for,” Singh said at a news conference prior to the vote.

The NDP and the Liberals defeated the motion by a vote of 180-146.

Tory leader Erin O’Toole blasted the Trudeau manoeuvres.

“Creating a committee has never in our history been grounds for a confidence vote,” said O’Toole.

“It’s Mr. Trudeau that is making it a confidence vote because Mr. Trudeau would prefer to try and go to an election rather than (answer) questions about insider spending scandals.”

The Green Party’s three MPs also voted against the Tory motion.

“Ahead of today’s vote on the Conservative motion to create a special committee, I would like to remind all Members of Parliament that people in Canada are counting on us to keep our eye on the ball and to focus on their needs,” Green Party leader Annamie Paul said in a statement.

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Beer tanks theft leaves B.C. brew pub owner with bad taste in mouth

RCMP are investigating after two massive one-tonne fermenting tanks were stolen from outside a Port Coquitlam brewery under construction.

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Talk about a thirsty thieves!

RCMP are investigating after two massive one-tonne fermenting tanks were stolen from outside a Port Coquitlam brewery under construction.

The five-metre high tanks are valued at $20,000 each.

The owner of Boardwalk Brewing, Phil Saxe, said that the plan was to pour concrete for the floor this week, and begin brewing by December.

He noticed the tanks were missing when he showed up for work on Monday.

“It was pretty devastating, obviously,” Saxe told CBC.

He said a crane or specialized forklift would have to be used to steal the tanks.

Saxe said he’s offering a reward for any tips.

“If your neighbour looks like they’re building a brewery in their backyard and some new tanks showed up please let us know. These are worth way more to us than they are in scrap,” he said.

“This is the first that I’ve heard of fermenters being stolen — and something this large. There was a blue tarp that went with them, so I would imagine that would have been covering them on the way out,” said Const. Deanna Law to the CBC.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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