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House votes for public inquiry
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13:44In this special edition of The Daily Brief, the True North team covers the Canada Strong and Free Network Conference in Ottawa where appearances have been made by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith. Plus, the House of Commons votes in favour of calling a public inquiry into foreign election interference as allegations against the Liberal Party continue to pile up. Next, as US President Joe Biden arrives in Ottawa to meet with the prime minister, sources revealed that the Trudeau government has finally reached a deal with the United States that will allow Canada to close the illegal border crossing at Roxham Road. Tune into this special edition of The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Andrew Lawton! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Biden visits Canada
14:22A new report based on national security sources alleges that Liberal Han Dong MP advised a Chinese diplomat to prevent the freeing of the two Michaels – and he’s now resigned from the Liberal caucus. Plus, the Alberta NDP is promising to create a Somali curriculum if elected in the province’s spring general election. And US President Joe Biden will arrive in Ottawa on Thursday, and in addition to meeting with the Prime Minister, Biden will meet with Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and other party leaders as well. Tune into The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Rachel Emmanuel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Katie Telford to testify on foreign interference
17:22In a surprise move, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that chief of staff Katie Telford will appear in front of parliamentary committee to testify on allegations of foreign interference mere hours before the Conservative motion to summon her. Also, former Governor General David Johnston’s decision to launch a public inquiry into Beijing’s interference in Canadian elections will be published in May. Are they stalling? Next, the Alberta government begins their fight in Canada’s top court on the federal government’s ‘No More Pipelines’ bill. And lastly, a new study finds that St. John’s, Newfoundland is the most affordable place for first-time homebuyers. Tune into The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Rachel Emmanuel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chinese interference scandal gets widespread international attention
14:38In a last-minute switch, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has backed down from turning a Conservative motion demanding his chief staff Katie Telford appear at a committee on China’s election interference into a confidence motion. Plus, China’s interference in Canada’s past elections to get a Liberal government re-elected is receiving widespread international attention. And a Newfoundland university official tweeted ‘f— the police’ in response to a social media post that mourned the death of two Edmonton officers. Tune into The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Lindsay Shepherd! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Whistleblower behind Chinese interference allegations speaks out
16:42On Friday, the Globe and Mail published an op-ed from the whistleblower at CSIS who leaked documents to the media which alleged Chinese interference in Canada’s elections. Plus, amid allegations of Chinese interference in Vancouver’s municipal election, British Columbia Premier David Eby says he wants a full briefing from CSIS. A food supply expert tells True North that milk farmers have long been dumping milk that exceeded their quotas, but the supply management fix is no longer appropriate while Canadians grapple with economic pressure. These stories and more on The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Andrew Lawton! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Vancouver mayor rejects allegations of Chinese interference
14:42CSIS believes China interfered in Vancouver’s 2022 municipal election, but Vancouver Mayor Ken Sims rejects “insinuations” made by the Globe and Mail. However, as new allegations of election interference come out, Canada’s former ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, David Mulroney, said that there was “abundant evidence” to support the existence of Beijing’s long-term plan to influence Canadian politicians at all levels of government. Plus, former prime minister Stephen Harper will be a keynote speaker at the Canada Strong and Free Networking conference next week and will offer his thoughts on the challenges faced by the middle-class. And China’s ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu alleged in an op-ed on Wednesday that the actions of Chinese consulates involved in election interference claims were business as usual. Tune into The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Andrew Lawton! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trudeau appoints his “special rapporteur”
14:06On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed former Governor-General David Johnston as the ‘special rapporteur’ to oversee Canada’s investigation into Chinese election interference. Johnston, who Trudeau describes as a “family friend” and just so happens to also be a member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, is tasked to look into allegations of foreign interference in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections and to provide recommendations on how the government should respond. Plus, the Conservatives have rejected a pro-life candidate seeking the party’s nomination in the Ontario Conservative stronghold of Oxford. According to a statement from pro-life political action group RightNow, Gerrit Van Dorland was targeted for his beliefs. And a new survey reveals that four-in-five Canadians feel sustainable living is much easier for wealthy people. Tune into The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Rachel Emmanuel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Beijing using online bots to defend interference allegations?
17:56Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre will tackle the opioid crisis head-on if he becomes prime minister by taking aim at big pharma. Plus, a True North exclusive reveals that a large volume of Twitter accounts tweeting about Beijing’s interference in Canada’s elections appear to exhibit bot-like behaviour. And Calgary city council has approved two administrative recommendations to limit drag queen story hours protests, citing an increase in “transphobia and homophobia.” Tune into The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Rachel Emmanuel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alberta wants Ontario’s skilled workers
15:52The Alberta government is launching a second Alberta is Calling campaign to attract more skilled workers from Ontario and Atlantic Canada even after Ontario Premier Doug Ford told Alberta Premier Danielle Smith he’s not a fan of the advertisements. Plus, a powerlifter with Team Canada is voicing her concerns with the Canadian Powerlifting Union as they are allowing male-to-female transgender individuals to compete in women’s powerlifting competitions. And the majority of Canadians plan to ignore the government’s update to alcohol consumption guidelines, according to a new report. These stories and more on The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Lindsay Shepherd! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Meta will block news if Online News Act passes
14:29If the Trudeau government’s Online News Act, C-18, becomes law, Meta says it will ensure Canadians no longer have access to news on Facebook or Instagram. Plus, reports implicate Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Vincent Ke in a Chinese foreign interference network directed by China’s Toronto consulate during the 2019 election. And after being found guilty of violating Canada’s ethics laws for awarding a lucrative contract to a friend, International Trade Minister Mary Ng did not consider resigning or repaying back the money to taxpayers. Tune into The Daily Brief with Anthony Furey and Andrew Lawton! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices