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After every week of controversy, Quebec’s incoming Coalition Avenir Québec authorities is opening the door a crack to compromise on its plan to ban some civil servants from carrying non secular symbols.

The CAQ stated final week it will be ready to fireplace academics who refuse to take off their hijab or kippa or different non secular garb, drawing hundreds to a protest march and elevating considerations from Muslim ladies who really feel focused by the proposal.

Simon Jolin-Barrette, an MNA and spokesperson for the CAQ’s transition group, stated Tuesday the federal government would take into account a clause that may permit academics who at the moment put on non secular symbols to proceed to take action. New hires could be pressured to adjust to the ban.  

François Legault’s CAQ, which gained a majority in final week’s provincial election, has promised to introduce a legislation prohibiting civil servants in positions of authority, resembling judges, law enforcement officials and prosecutors, in addition to academics, from carrying non secular symbols within the office.

At a information convention, Jolin-Barrette stated making such an exception is not the CAQ’s choice, however it will be prepared to listen to the opposition’s concepts about how one can make the legislation extra versatile.

The Parti Québécois additionally campaigned on a promise to impose a ban — however one that may solely apply to newly employed preschool, elementary and highschool academics and not those that already maintain a job.

Jolin-Barrette confused, although, that the CAQ was “elected on a transparent mandate” to place in place such a ban.

Crucifix will keep 

Jolin-Barrette additionally stated the CAQ has no intention of eradicating the crucifix that hangs behind the Speaker’s chair within the province’s Nationwide Meeting.

The crucifix will stay contained in the Nationwide Meeting below the CAQ. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

He argued there isn’t a contradiction between the CAQ’s plan to impose strict secularism guidelines on sure public servants and its want to keep up the Christian image.

He stated the crucifix, which has hung within the province’s legislature because the 1930s, is a part of “Quebec’s heritage.”

On Sunday, a number of thousand folks gathered in downtown Montreal to denounce the proposed legislation, chanting “Legault has bought to go,” and “François, Quebec belongs to me.”

With information from The Canadian Press

With main concessions from Canada on dairy, some Ontario critics say they’re involved about what NAFTA’s proposed substitute means for the trade.

The provisional deal often called the United States-Mexico-Canada Settlement (USMCA) has plunged some dairy farmers into uncertainty, with some now involved that they may not be capable to survive.

The brand new deal would give U.S. farmers higher entry to Canada’s dairy trade, value about three.6 per cent of Canada’s present dairy market, in accordance with the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Dairy farmer Vicki Cork has heard from Dairy Farmers of Ontario that the quantity may even be as excessive as three.9 per cent and says the upper determine will get her anxious.

“The larger the quantity, the more serious it’ll be, so we’re simply form of [bracing] for the worst,” she advised CBC Information Saturday on the Norfolk County Truthful in Simcoe, Ont. — one of many largest agricultural gala’s within the province.

“We’re a sixth-generation dairy farm, and we’re most likely not going to outlive this, so I suppose it simply sucks to be us.”

Dairy farmer Vicki Cork speaks to CBC concerning the impression of the USMCA commerce deal. 1:36

Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland stated Monday that farmers will obtain compensation from the federal authorities, however particulars weren’t instantly out there.

Cork claims that she hasn’t acquired any communication on what compensation might seem like outdoors of a “fairly obscure” e mail she bought from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

“I take care of the books for the farm, so I am terrified,” she stated. “Till they really say one thing official, we actually don’t know what the compensation will seem like.”

Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture Ernie Hardeman advised CBC Information that consultations might be made with the province’s agriculture group to find out the price related to the brand new deal. He stated he plans to make sure the federal authorities foots the invoice.

Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture Ernie Hardeman says consultations might be made with the province’s agriculture group to find out the price related to the brand new deal. (Keith Burgess/CBC)

“It’s fairly apparent that opening up the market to the American market goes to harm our producers,” he stated on the Norfolk County Truthful. “They made the deal, they need to pay for the penalty that’s attributable to the deal.”

Some critics say the deal additionally erodes the availability administration system, which places quotas on the quantity of milk farmers are allowed to supply. The quotos forestall overproduction that would in any other case harm costs and farm incomes.

The system additionally put excessive tariffs on overseas producers attempting to promote within the Canadian market, limiting overseas merchandise on Canadian cabinets.

Cork says Canada’s provide administration system has been profitable and the envy of nations all over the world.

“The quota system was put in place as a result of the federal government advised us to handle our personal system and we did and we have been profitable. We have been too profitable,” she added. “Different international locations needed into that. They needed entry to it, and our authorities bought us out.”

Cork says she has no animosity towards different dairy farmers or American dairy farmers, however moderately the federal government.

The brand new USMCA deal would give U.S. farmers higher entry to Canada’s dairy trade. (CBC)

“[Americans] envy our provide administration they usually need the federal government to assist them implement provide administration in america,” she stated. “So why not assist them try this as an alternative of taking away from us as a result of we had one thing profitable?”

The deal would additionally remove Class 7, which basically created a reduced worth on Canadian-produced milk components, so they may compete with comparable merchandise exported into Canada from america. The pricing system was launched in March final 12 months, which made the American equivalents uncompetitive.

Now with the brand new commerce deal in movement, Cork is asking that Canadians particularly search for merchandise which might be made in Canada to assist farmers at dwelling.

“I’d actually hope that most people would simply actually assist your Canadian farmers,” she stated. “You would possibly pay a couple of cents extra, however it was grown right here. It was grown ethically and safely, and also you’re supporting your neighbour.”

Leona Alleslev heaped private and non-private reward on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his senior ministers within the weeks earlier than she began a secret course of to defect to the opposition Conservatives, in response to an electronic mail and an audio recording obtained by CBC Information.

On July 11 — when Alleslev was a part of the Canadian delegation on the NATO summit in Brussels — the MP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill despatched a emotional electronic mail to Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

“Need to inform you that the hug and kiss you gave me on the way in which out was simply actually the perfect — you made me cry!” Alleslev wrote.

“You and the PM and Harj (Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan) have been actually superior at the moment. This isn’t solely who we’re as Canadians – but in addition who we’re as world residents – and that was on full show at the moment.”

She ended the be aware by thanking Freeland for “all the things you do!”

Alleslev delivered an identical message simply 9 days afterward July 20, when Trudeau headlined a fundraiser in her using and the then-Liberal MP made an announcement.

“The best factor about being a member of Parliament on this prime minister’s authorities is that we’re each one among us valued for the contribution that we deliver to the crew,” Alleslev mentioned, in response to a recording of her remarks.

Simply weeks later, in early August, Alleslev was sitting down with Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer at a Pearson airport lodge exterior Toronto, discussing the phrases of her defection from the Liberals.

Alleslev — who cited what she referred to as Trudeau’s failures on overseas coverage and defence as her motivation for crossing the ground — additionally praised the prime minister’s efficiency on the NATO summit.

Leona Alleslev, MP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, despatched this electronic mail to Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on July 11, 2018, praising her, the prime minister and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Alleslev crossed the ground this week to affix the Conservatives, saying the Trudeau authorities was not addressing the “foundational challenges” dealing with Canada. (CBC)

“I made a decision about 4 years in the past that I actually was nervous about what my nation was turning into. And it was getting tougher to signify this nation, and in order that’s why I made a decision to change into a Member of Parliament,” Alleslev advised a crowd of Liberal donors.

“And final week, once I was in Brussels, on the NATO summit, and the prime minister was there, you’ll have been actually amazed, proud, overcome with the ability of the remarks that this prime minister made. To not Canadians, however to members of Parliament from governments, from social organizations all around the world, and he set the instance for what our NATO allies and what different international locations can change into.

“So I wish to thank this prime minister for creating the nation that I’m honoured to serve and defend, not just for what he’s doing right here at residence, however for a way he’s representing us around the globe.”

In an announcement issued this night, Alleslev referred to as the e-mail a “very private” message she despatched to somebody she nonetheless thinks of as “a good friend.”

“I used to be at an occasion in Brussels with Ministers Freeland and Sajjan, in addition to the prime minister, and it was a superb occasion,” she wrote. “Nonetheless, one good occasion doesn’t equal delivering the foundational change Canada wants at residence and overseas. My choice to depart the federal government was based mostly on the path I really feel Canada is headed as a result of a variety of actions and coverage choices taken over the past three years.”

Nonetheless, Alleslev’s earlier statements stand in stark distinction to the general public condemnation she gave when she blindsided the Liberals by asserting within the Home of Commons Monday that she was bolting to the Conservative bench.

“I stand right here at the moment deeply involved for the way forward for our nation,” she mentioned on Monday. “On the world stage, Canada has but to rise to the event. The world has modified and Canada should change with it. We would not have the posh of time. We should acknowledge that overseas coverage, commerce, defence, and our financial system all depend upon one another and can’t be seen individually.”

Transcript of Alleslev’s remarks at July 20 fundraiser in her using:

Properly, I’ve the privilege of thanking everybody.

However first, after all, welcome to my using of Aurora Oak Ridges Richmond Hill. 

I’m Leona Alleslev, the member of Parliament for this using. 

Firstly, thanks to my colleagues, as a result of York Area is healthier due to the crew that we’re right here. 

And the best factor about being a member of Parliament on this prime minister’s authorities is that we’re each one among us valued for the contribution that we deliver to the crew. We every have our strengths and we’re valued for it and we lean on one another. And you’ve got an important crew, if I do say so myself, with the members of Parliament right here in York Area.

I additionally need to thank each one among you for being right here. It’s a Friday night time in July and you’re the diehards, you’re the people who find themselves there once we want you, when it is good instances and when it is tough.

I need to thanks for not solely your monetary and ethical help, however for one thing barely extra basic — not telling us what we need to hear, however telling us what we have to hear, even when we do not need to hear it.

You might be our eyes and ears to make it possible for we keep related to the actual pulse of what is going on on and the way our residents are feeling in our communities. So thanks for being right here, however thanks for the contribution you you make to creating this nation higher.

And final however not least, I swore an oath to serve and defend this nation once I was granted my Queen’s Fee to change into an officer within the Canadian Armed Forces.

And I made a decision about 4 years in the past that I actually was nervous about what my nation was turning into. And it was getting tougher to signify this nation, and in order that’s why I made a decision to change into a member of Parliament.

And final week, once I was in Brussels, on the NATO summit, and the prime minister was there, you’ll have been actually amazed, proud, overcome with the ability of the remarks that this prime minister made. To not Canadians, however to members of Parliament from governments, from social organizations all around the world, and he set the instance for what our NATO allies and what different international locations can change into.

So I wish to thank this prime minister for creating the nation that I’m honoured to serve and defend, not just for what he’s doing right here at residence, however for a way he’s representing us around the globe.