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Trudeau dismisses letter asking for Meng’s release

I respect these distinguished Canadians who put forward that letter but I deeply disagree with them,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has dismissed a letter sent by 19 prominent Canadians demanding Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou be freed as part of a deal to lessen tensions with China.

The 19, including former foreign affairs ministers Lloyd Axworthy and Lawrence Cannon, wrote a letter to Trudeau this week saying Justice Minister David Lametti should intervene to free Meng.

“I respect these distinguished Canadians who put forward that letter but I deeply disagree with them,” Trudeau said at a press conference Thursday.

“They’re wrong in their approach.”

Canadian authorities took Meng into custody over U.S. allegations of lying to a bank to violate sanctions on Iran, and her extradition case is now before a B.C court.

The letter pointed out Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are likely to remain in Chinese prison until Meng’s extradition case is settled. The two were detained in China shortly after Meng​​​​ was detained in Vancouver in 2018.

Trudeau said he will not allow China get get away with hostage-trading diplomacy.

“The reality is releasing Meng Wanzhou to resolve a short-term problem would endanger thousands of Canadians who travel to China and around the world by letting countries know that a government can have political influence over Canada by randomly arresting Canadians,” Trudeau said.

“We need to continue to be absolutely crystal clear that Canada has an independent judiciary and those processes will unfold independently of any political pressure, including by foreign governments,” Trudeau said.

“We deplore what China did.”

Tory leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis blasted Trudeau’s handling of the situation.

“The Trudeau government has completely miscalculated the complexity of the ongoing US-China trade war. As a result, Justin Trudeau has put Canada’s trade, economic and national interests at risk,” Lewis said in a statement after news of the letter was reported.

“We need to recalibrate our relations with China. We need effective leadership from the top and smart diplomacy. Under my leadership as Prime Minister, I would do things differently with China.”

In response to the letter, fellow leadership candidate Erin O’Toole tweeted: “This is incredibly naive. Canada cannot allow our principled approach to justice and the rule of law to be compromised by Communist Chinese influence.”

Of the letter, former B.C. premier Ujjal Dosanjh said: “Respectfully I am shocked and embarrassed.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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URGENT: Saskatchewan election called

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

Moe took to twitter Monday night to tell voters they would be going to the polls in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tomorrow, I will ask Lt. Gov. Russ Mirasty to dissolve the Legislature,” Moe tweeted.

“This will be quite a different #skvotes campaign –but a very important one that will ask Saskatchewan voters one question: Who do you trust to lead Saskatchewan’s economic recovery?”

When the legislature was dissolved, Moe’s Saskatchewan Party held a 46-13 lead over the NDP.

Moe was sworn in as premier in 2018.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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CORY MORGAN WEBCAST: Wild goose hunt, Alberta style

An interview with Jason Siliker of Canadian Premier Hunts on the multiple times that the RCMP interrupted his goose hunt.

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B.C. Liberals vow to cancel PST for one year; return at 3 per cent

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Andrew Wilkinson

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B.C. Liberals say, if elected, they will help the economy recover by removing the 7 per cent provincial sales tax for one year.

After a year, a Liberal government would set the PST at 3 per cent until the economy recovers.

The federal GST is currently 5 per cent.

“British Columbians have lost confidence in the direction of the province and the weak economic record of the NDP. B.C. families and small businesses need help now, which is why a B.C. Liberal government will immediately eliminate the PST for one year — saving you money right away, getting more people working, and bringing investment back to B.C.,” said B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.

“Countless people are still out of work, small businesses are facing bankruptcy, and the public health threat from COVID-19 is still very real.

“Eliminating PST puts more money in people’s pockets, stimulates growth for struggling small business, and helps British Columbians who are struggling to get by. This is a vital step to rebuild our economy.”

The Liberals say a family of four earning $60,000 per parent will save $1,714 in the first year, followed by an additional $979 in the second year. 

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Wilkinson.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding the pledge.

“We pay the PST on everything from used cars to toilet paper so this would save everyone a lot of money,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the CTF.

“The best way to save people money is for governments to stop taking so much of it in the first place.

“We hope all of the parties can match or beat this promise so we can get serious about tax cuts during this election.”

In the 2019-20 budget year, British Columbians paid more than $7.5 billion in the PST.

“We need to do all we can to jolt our economy back to life and eliminating the PST would clear a lot of hurdles for working people and struggling businesses to get things rolling again,” said Sims.

“People know how to spend their money much better than the government does.”

B.C. residents go to the polls Oct. 24.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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