Although the Chinese claim that Canada's arrest of Meng Wanzhou (as required by our bilateral extradition treaty with the US) had nothing to do with the arrest of the two Michaels, the latter arrest came just nine days after Meng's. /2 #cdnpoli
2/ In fact, the two Michaels are hostages for Meng Wanzhou. I know that it's probably far too nuanced for Conservative armchair warriors, but the government's response to the Conservatives' motion was surgical. Allow me to explain as simply as possible. /3
3/ The Conservative motion has no power to command the government - it is merely an expression of opinion. The House is part of Canada's legislative (law-making) branch. The executive branch, OTOH, is the GG, the PM, and cabinet. /4
4/ In letting Liberal backbenchers vote as they pleased on the motion, those backbenchers could render an opinion with other MPs. The executive branch, which is involved in international diplomacy, did not render an opinion. /5
5/ The Chinese can rant and rave but they can't complain that the Government of Canada offered an opinion. Conservatives can sabre-rattle to their heart's content, but the adults have to tread water pending an outcome of the Meng Wanzhou matter.

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24 Feb
The Post is focussing on the federal government’s procurement when our challenge now is for provinces to competently administer the vaccines they are receiving.
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3/ All I can see that is useful information in the analysis of the two AZ contracts is that the UK was more skilled in protecting its national interests. But, that was already evident and was the cause of the dispute to begin with.
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Ugh, CBC's At Issue. On the matter of Chinese genocide, Althia Raj asserts that the government looks weak and indecisive because it's being cautious on calling the Chinese government genocidal. /2 #cdnpoli
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