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6 shootings, including 2 homicides, in 24 hours in Toronto

NEWS STAFF | posted Wednesday, Dec 19th, 2018

Two people are dead and several others are injured in a violent 24 hours that saw six shootings take place across the city.

Toronto police were called to the city’s entertainment district after shots rang out after shots rang out just after midnight on Wednesday.

Emergency crews found two victims – a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s. They were both rushed to hospital.

The man had suffered life-threatening condition and was pronounced dead a short time later.

The woman remains in hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

There has been no word on suspects or a possible motive for the shooting.

This is the city’s 95th homicide of the year.

A few hours later police were called to a scene in Parkdale after reports of multiple gunshots heard near Lansdowne and Seaforth avenues.

Officers found a number of shell casings in the area but so far no victims have been reported.

On Tuesday, a man has suffered serious injuries in a shooting in the area of Driftwood Avenue and Niska Road, near Jane Street and Finch Avenue West at around 4:30 p.m.

Police said there were reports that a collision preceded the gunfire, but details are still emerging.

The victim was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

Police said one person is in custody, but they believe more suspects are outstanding. They are asking the public to avoid the area and advising residents to remain indoors.

Earlier that day, police responded to reports of gunshots in the Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue West around 10 a.m.

A man was found in the area suffering from gunshot wounds.

He was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, but police say he’s expected to survive.

Police are looking for two men who ran from the scene. No suspect descriptions were provided.

A few hours earlier, a man was shot and killed outside an apartment building on San Romanoway, in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue West area around 6:45 a.m.

The victim has since been identified as Lawrence Errol Joel John, 28, of Toronto (pictured below).

He is the 94th homicide victim of the year.

Police are looking for three male suspects who may have fled in a white hatchback.

The victim has been identified as Lawrence Errol Joel John, 28, of Toronto. He is the 94th homicide victim of 2018. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

Toronto’s ugly day of gun violence began at around 1:30 a.m. when a man was shot on Crittenden Square and Crow Trail near Tapscott Road and Finch Avenue West.

Police said multiple shots were fired and a grey car was seen fleeing. A firearm was located in the area.

The victim’s injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

CBS denies former CEO Les Moonves $120 million severance

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2018

CBS announced Monday that former CEO Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package after the board determined he failed to fully co-operate with an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

A lawyer for Moonves rejected the decision as “baseless” but did not say whether the former CEO would formally challenge it.

Moonves was ousted in September after allegations from women who said he subjected them to mistreatment including forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted.

New York-based CBS Corp. said at the time of his departure that it had set aside $120 million in severance for him but warned that he would not get the money if the board concluded it had cause to terminate him.

“We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his wilful and material misfeasance, violation of company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his wilful failure to co-operate fully with the company’s investigation,” CBS said in a statement.

The board did not provide details and CBS declined to comment beyond the statement. Earlier this month, The New York Times said a draft report from the outside investigation found Moonves committed “multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct.” Citing the report, the Times said he deleted numerous text messages and was “evasive and untruthful at times.” The investigators have declined to comment on the details of the Times report.

Andrew Levander, an attorney for Moonves, said his client “vehemently denies any non-consensual sexual relations and co-operated extensively and fully with investigators.”

“The conclusions of the CBS board were foreordained and are without merit,” Levander said in a statement. “Consistent with the pattern of leaks that have permeated this ‘process,’ the press was informed of these baseless conclusions before Mr. Moonves, further damaging his name, reputation, career and legacy.”

Moonves had been one of the most admired powerbrokers in the entertainment industry, hailed for turning around the fortunes of CBS when he took over as entertainment chief in 1995 with hits as “Two and a Half Men” and “Survivor.”

He was also one of the highest-paid executives in the nation, making about $70 million in each of the past two years.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents four women who have accused Moonves of misconduct, called on CBS to publicly release the details of the investigators’ findings and compensate those with provable misconduct claims against the former CEO.

“The public has a right to know who at CBS was aware of Mr. Moonves’ alleged misconduct and when they knew of it,” said Allred, whose clients all spoke to the investigators. “Instead of keeping this money and rewarding their corporation for Mr. Moonves’ alleged misconduct, they should share these many millions with those who can prove that they are victims.”

Three major figures at CBS have lost their jobs over misconduct allegations: Moonves, “60 Minutes” top executive Jeff Fager, and news anchor Charlie Rose.

The board said the investigation, conducted by two outside legal firms, “concluded that harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS.”

Still, the board said investigators “learned of past incidents of improper and unprofessional conduct, and concluded that the company’s historical policies, practices and structures have not reflected a high institutional priority on preventing harassment and retaliation.”

The investigators found that CBS has dedicated inadequate resources to training and diversity and inclusion initiatives for a company of its size.

The 11-member board, which includes six new members who came aboard during a shake-up following Moonves’ ouster, said it has “already begun to take robust steps to improve the working environment for all employees.”

In a move criticized by women’s rights activists, CBS had previously said Moonves would stay on as an adviser for up to two years, providing him with office and security services. The board did not say whether that decision remained in effect after its determination that Moonves was fired for cause.

CBS had already deducted $20 million from Moonves severance to donate to organizations dedicated to promoting gender equity in the workplace and fighting sexual harassment.

The company revealed a list of 18 organizations last week that would receive the funds, including several groups that have emerged as prominent voices since the downfall last year of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, which triggered an avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men across several industries.

The 18 groups praised the donations but called on CBS to publicly disclose the results of the Moonves investigation. It was unclear if CBS would do so.

Some activists involved in the #MeToo movement have praised CBS for hiring outside law firms to conduct the investigation, a decision that contrasted with NBC’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against Matt Lauer, who was fired last year as host of the “Today” show host. NBC’s investigation, which was overseen by the company’s general counsel, concluded that there was no culture of harassment at the news division.

The CBS investigation began in August, before Moonves was officially ousted, and was led by two former federal prosecutors now with highly regarded law firms: Nancy Kestenbaum of Covington & Burling and Mary Jo White of Debevoise & Plimpton, who was also head of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A search for a new CEO is ongoing to replace interim CEO Joe Ianniello. Strauss Zelnick, filling Moonves’ role as board chairman on an interim basis, said at a shareholders’ meeting last week that a recruiting firm has been hired to conduct the search and that a decision will be made in due course.

EXCLUSIVE: Public consultations flooded with anger over Ontario sex-ed changes

NEWS STAFF, CRISTINA HOWORUN | posted Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2018

Concerned parents used the province’s online consultation forum to lash out at the Ford government over changes to the sex-ed curriculum that many derided as “archaic” and “dangerous.”

The consultations, which Premier Ford billed as “the largest ever in Ontario’s history when it comes to education,” began in late August and ended on December 15.

They included telephone town halls and online surveys and submissions.

Through a Freedom of Information request CityNews has obtained the first 2525 comments submitted through the government website over a span of less than 24 hours between August 22 and August 23.

They are peppered with frustration from parents who feel the government took a step backwards when it decided to scrap the 2015 sex-ed curriculum and revert to the one drafted in 1998. The 1998 curriculum will be used in the interim while a new curriculum is drafted.

“Going back to an old curriculum is exactly what it is — going backwards,” one submission stated.

“Education should always move forward not backwards,” another added.

“By teaching a sex-ed curriculum that was developed in 1998, you are putting children at risk of child predators who use the internet to stalk and lure children,” another warned.

Many also took exception to the so-called “snitch-line” the Ford government set up, allowing parents and students to anonymously report teachers who defied the government directive and continued to teach the 2015 curriculum.

“This snitch line is abhorrent and clearly catering to conservative extremists,” read one submission.

“And the snitch line?” another began. “Seriously this is ridiculous bully tactics and the province should be ashamed of this.”

Ontario Education Minister Lisa Thompson said the government would take every submission into account while crafting the new curriculum.

“We are going to be listening and looking at every single submission that has come in and I think you’ll understand that when we look through the tens of thousands of submissions, digital surveys, and the results of our telephone town halls, you’re going to see that we are going to be putting the right foot forward for our elementary curriculum next year,” she said from Queen’s Park on Monday.

When asked for a timeline, Thompson said the government would go over all consultation submissions in January, and would be writing and testing the elementary curriculum through spring before introducing it at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

NDP Education Critic, Marit Stiles, said she wasn’t surprised to see the backlash.

“It’s certainly what I’ve been hearing from parents, educators and kids themselves – which is that they want a modern curriculum. The only one who doesn’t want this curriculum and doesn’t want kids to learn about consent and LGBTQ issues are apparently the few people that Doug Ford is listening to,” she said.

“At the end of the day, this is not what Ontarians are looking for…they want kids kept safe, they want kids to be protected and they want kids to have modern information.”

You can read through the submissions below.

Public consultations on sex-ed changes by CityNewsToronto on Scribd

Public consultations on sex… by on Scribd

Tougher impaired driving laws now in effect across Canada

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2018

Tough, new impaired driving laws are now in effect across Canada.

Along with higher fines, the new laws allow police to demand a breath sample from drivers they lawfully stop even if the officer doesn’t have reasonable suspicion the person has been drinking.

“Research suggests that up to 50 per cent of drivers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit are not detected at roadside checkpoints,” Toronto police Sgt. Brett Moore said in a release.

“Mandatory alcohol screening will assist in deterring individuals impaired by alcohol from driving as well as better detect those who do.”

The new laws went into effect as of midnight on Tuesday.

Anyone who refuses to give a breath sample could receive the same penalties as someone found guilty of impaired driving — a minimum $2,000 fine, their vehicle impounded for seven days and a 90 day licence suspension.

When it comes to driving while high, the new laws allow police to demand either a standardized field sobriety test or the use oral fluid drug screeners. If impairment is detected, the driver’s licence can be immediately suspended.

First offenders also face tougher fines of up to $2,000.

Police say that more than 900 people have been charged with an impaired driving offence this year in Toronto.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Dec 17th, 2018

China has now granted Canada access to both of its recently arrested citizens – a move one former Canadian consular official sees as an encouraging sign.

In a statement, Global Affairs Canada said John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with entrepreneur Michael Spavor on Sunday.

On Friday, McCallum saw detainee Michael Kovrig, who is on a leave of absence from Global Affairs.

Both men are being held for allegedly endangering China’s national security.

Global Affairs said Canadian consular officials will continue to provide services to Spavor, Kovrig and their families, but provided no other details.

It is “quite extraordinary” for Canadian officials to gain access to citizens detained in China within a matter of days, said Gar Pardy, a retired director general of the consular affairs bureau of Canada’s foreign ministry.

“The Chinese are notorious for delaying access,” he said in an interview.

“The most important issue at this point is trying to get in, and seeing them and talking to them.”

Ensuring the two Canadians are treated properly by the Chinese justice system is key, said Ben Rowswell, a former diplomat and current president of the Canadian International Council, a non-partisan think-tank.

“That’s really the short-term imperative for Canada, is to secure due process for those two and ideally a release.”

Spavor and Kovrig were taken into custody just days after Canadian authorities in Vancouver arrested Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive with Chinese firm Huawei Technologies, so she can be extradited to the U.S. to face fraud charges.

Experts note Canada had no choice but to make the arrest, given its extradition treaty with the United States.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt whatsoever that this is straight retaliation that is playing out here,” Pardy said of the arrests of the two Canadians. “Even when the Chinese comment about all this, you can almost see the smile on their face when they say, ‘No, no, no, these are national security concerns.”’

Spavor is director of the Paektu Cultural Exchange and one of the few people from the West to have met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He also helped arrange a visit to North Korea by former basketball star Dennis Rodman.

Kovrig served as a diplomat in China until 2016 and has been working for the International Crisis Group, a non-governmental agency.

Rowswell said he is familiar with Kovrig’s work, having served in Canada’s foreign ministry at the same time as him.

“I certainly read his reports and respected him, and knew that he was an admired colleague and a very serious player as well – not someone who would get up to any activities that would warrant him being thrown in jail,” Rowswell said.

He also noted the International Crisis Group has an open and transparent relationship with China.

“That’s not a great way to build trust in international relationships – to hold citizens of a country hostage to any dispute that might happen between the two national governments. Because disputes will always happen. They’ll come and go. That’s a normal feature of international relations,” Rowswell said.

“Almost every international organization must now be wondering, ‘If China is unhappy with us, will they be arresting our employees the next time they go to Beijing or Shanghai?”’

Cannabis legalization named Business Story of the Year

ARMINA LIGAYA, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Dec 17th, 2018

Canada’s trailblazing move to legalize cannabis for recreational use, which sparked an entirely new industry and had wide-ranging implications for nearly every facet of society, has been voted The Canadian Press Business News Story of the Year.

The term “disruption” in business has become so overused that it has become an empty cliche, but it is warranted in the case of pot legalization, said Andrew Meeson, deputy business editor at the Toronto Star.

“It’s hard to think of an area in Canada that hasn’t been shaken up: not just commerce (from criminal act to booming startup to takeover target in the blink of an eye), but also policing, health care, justice, politics. Even culture (just ask Tommy Chong),” he said.

“If that doesn’t make it the business story of the year, I don’t know what would.”

In an annual poll of the country’s newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press, business editors and reporters across the country chose cannabis legalization in a landslide, with 60 per cent of the votes cast.

The terse negotiations between Canada, U.S. and Mexico towards a new North American Free Trade Agreement was a distant second with 30 per cent of votes.

Canada’s pipeline conundrum, with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now in limbo after a court overturned its regulatory approval in August and a U.S. court throwing out the Keystone XL pipeline’s presidential permit in November, came in third out of eight possible candidates with 10 per cent of the vote.

“Pipelines would have won, hands down if it weren’t for the creation of an entirely new industry in Canada,” said David Blair, a business columnist with CBC Radio. “Rarely, if ever, do journalists get to cover the opening of a new market, especially one that is as controversial as cannabis.”

The world was watching when the country made history with the first legal sale of non-medicinal pot just after midnight on Oct. 17 in Newfoundland and Labrador, due to its time zone being 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Canada.

It marked the beginning of what the New York Times dubbed Canada’s “national experiment,” and the culmination of months, if not years, of preparation by legislators and law enforcement officials at all levels and in each province, territory, and municipality.

While Oct. 17 represented an extension from the initial target set for July, and licensed producers ramped up production in the lead-up, long lines of customers were met with widespread product shortages online and in the relatively few bricks-and-mortar stores that were ready on day one.

Still, many Canadians were simply elated to be able to buy government-sanctioned pot after nearly 100 years of prohibition.

“My new dealer is the prime minister!” said Canadian fiddler and pop star Ashley MacIsaac, who in 2001 had been arrested for possession in Saskatchewan.

But cannabis mania had been bubbling for months before legalization, with retail investors rushing to invest in the latest pot company to list its stock. Cannabis company valuations in the lead up to Oct. 17 soared and some of the banks’ online direct investment platforms were bombarded with unprecedented trading volumes.

At one point producer Tilray Inc.’s stock on the Nasdaq exchange in September hit a peak of US$300, giving the Nanaimo, B.C.-company a market value higher than established Canadian conglomerates such as Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Rogers Communications Inc.

Pot will be cited for years to come as many Canadians’ first experiences with investing, said Pete Evans, senior business writer for CBC News.

“Cannabis mania deserves some credit — and maybe blame — for ushering an entire new generation of primarily young people into making their first stock market investments ever,” he said.

A flurry of merger and acquisition activity in the sector, even before legalization, fuelled investor interest as well.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. was on an acquisition spree this year, buying rival CanniMed Therapeutics for $1.1 billion after a terse takeover battle and later MedReleaf for $3.2 billion.

Alcohol giant Constellation Brands in August announced it was upping its investment in pot producer Canopy Growth Corp. — in the largest strategic investment in the pot space to date — to increase its ownership stake to 38 per cent. The Corona beer-producer also received warrants that, if exercised, would up its stake to more than 50 per cent.

And earlier this month, Big Tobacco came calling, as the number of countries that legalized cannabis for medical use continues to grow.

Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said it planned to invest $2.4 billion in pot producer Cronos Group Inc. for 45-per-cent ownership, with an option to increase that stake in the future.

The Altria-Cronos deal gave the overall sector a slight lift, but pot stocks have largely come off their highs after legalization as reality set in and concerns mounted about lofty valuations.

Canadian marijuana companies have found themselves in the crosshairs of short-sellers, as well.

Aphria Inc. earlier this month saw its stock value more than cut in half over three days after two short-sellers targeted the Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer with a raft of allegations, including that its recent international acquisitions were “largely worthless.” Aphria has called the allegations “inaccurate and misleading” and is confident in the deal in question, but has appointed an independent committee to review their claims.

Meanwhile, recreational pot supply shortages continue to linger. Several cannabis producers in part blamed supply chain issues for contributing to the shortage and have said they are aiming to increase their production, but it will likely take more time fresh product to hit the market.

Quebec’s cannabis corporation stores continue to be closed from Monday to Wednesday as a result. And in Ontario, where the only legal way for residents to buy adult-use pot is through the government-run online portal, the provincial government said it will hand out a limited number of retail licenses due to the shortages.

The Ontario government initially said it would not cap the number of licenses, but now says it will only be able to issue 25 licenses by April via a lottery system. This deals a blow to a slew of companies who have been putting down deposits to secure prime real estate locations in the country’s most populous province in anticipation of obtaining a license.

“Seemingly overnight, activity that always existed on the margins of society has come into the centre,” said Evans.

“It’s been fascinating to watch the growing pains that have ensued… It will be interesting to see in the coming months and years how and if the reality lives up to expectations for the industry.”

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

TERESA WRIGHT, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Dec 17th, 2018

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

During a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau said he believes a broad Canadian consensus holds that immigration is good for the country, in the face of growing opposition to it in other places.

The Liberal leader’s line suggests a theme for next year’s election campaign.

“The decision that the Conservatives have taken recently to, for example, go after the global compact on migration in a way that is deliberately and knowingly spreading falsehoods for short-term political gain and to drum up anxiety around immigration is irresponsible, is not the way we should be moving forward in a thoughtful way on one of the big issues that is facing our country,” Trudeau said.

The prime minister says he welcomes debate and discussion about immigration — as long as it sticks to meaningful areas of policy, such as the right number of immigrants to bring to Canada each year and how to properly integrate newcomers within the country.

“But the fearmongering, and the misinformation that is being deliberately and knowingly put out by the Conservative party right now, is very dangerous to something that has been an extraordinary advantage and benefit for Canada for generations,” he said.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s press secretary Brock Harrison said Trudeau’s comments demonstrate that he is failing to take responsibility for Canadians’ concerns about the border.

“He resorts to personal attacks and phoney arguments whenever he’s criticized for it,” Harrison said. “Conservatives will continue to hold him to account over the lengthy delays in processing and billions in added costs caused by his failure to secure the border.”

Last week, Canada joined 164 countries in signing the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It is the first large-scale agreement to cover all dimensions of international migration and is aimed at improving co-operation.

But the pact has incited protest, particularly in Eastern Europe, where a number of far-right groups and political parties have used the compact to fan public concern over a historic increase in the number of migrants and displaced people fleeing wars, persecution and violence in their home countries — or, in some cases, seeking better economic opportunities.

Scheer came out strongly against the compact on the grounds that it would give foreign entities influence over Canada’s immigration system, claims that have been rejected by many immigration-law experts.

The Conservatives have also been hammering the Liberals over the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada “irregularly,” away from official entry points, over the last two years. The issue has led to clashes with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Quebec Premier Francois Legault, who each want Ottawa to fork over $200 million or more to cover costs the two provinces have borne to house and provide services to asylum seekers.

They say the federal government is too slow to assess refugee claims and while claimants wait, the provinces have to support them.

Over 38,000 irregular migrants have arrived in Canada since early 2017.

Trudeau might face a steep challenge if migration turns out to be an election issue. An Angus Reid Institute poll conducted this fall suggested the Liberals are vulnerable on the issue of asylum seekers. Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, told The Canadian Press at the time that concerns about the border resonate across the political spectrum every time the Conservatives bring the issue up.

Trudeau said he plans to address the Canadian public’s growing fears by emphasizing that Canada has a robust immigration system that ensures incoming refugee claimants pose no security risk and meets international obligations that Canada has agreed to uphold.

“This process is working to keep us safe,” he said. “There is a careful approach (by the Conservatives) to try and scare people, and as we’ve said, it’s always easier to try and scare people then to allay fears in a time of anxiety.”

Anti-immigrant rhetoric is helping some political parties, Trudeau acknowledged, pointing specifically to Eastern Europe and the United States. These views have gained traction online in Canada, he added, noting this as an area “that I think requires us to be more vigilant.”

Speaker at rally says Alberta oil ‘puts tofu on the table in Toronto!’

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Dec 17th, 2018

A rally in support of Alberta’s oil industry drew hundreds of supporters who cheered as speakers delivered a message that the rest of Canada needs to be thankful for the prosperity the province provides.

“We aren’t just a monumental cash cow for the government. We provide opportunities for families across the country,” Bernard Hancock, known as Bernard the Roughneck, told the crowd at a park in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Sunday.

“It puts chicken in the pot in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. It puts a roast in the oven in Miramichi, New Brunswick. It puts tortiere on the fork in Granby, Quebec. And it puts tofu on the table in Toronto and Vancouver!”

The event was organized by the pro-oilsands groups Oilfield Dads and Rally4Resources, which say government regulations are suffocating the Canadian oil and gas industry.

Grande Prairie is a hub for oil production in northwestern Alberta, known as Peace Country. Like the rest of the province, it has felt the pinch as the province’s oil industry struggles from a price differential that’s in part due to a lack of capacity to transport its oil to markets.

Many who attended Sunday’s rally held signs denouncing the federal government’s Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board, which opponents say will make it impossible to build new pipelines.

RCMP estimated more than 1,500 people attended the rally. Afterward, a convoy of over 600 vehicles drove through the city with their horns blasting.

Alberta’s Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous, who spoke at the event, slammed the federal government for not doing more to help.

“There is not a road, a bridge or hospital that does not owe something to the Alberta energy sector and we need the prime minister to wake up to that,” he said.

Bilous also made a dig at a recent call by the council of Whistler, B.C. for the oil industry to share in covering the costs associated with climate change.

“The people of Whistler need to tell the truth: that they are using Alberta gas for their cars for their petrochemical products, and they’re using our oil and it’s time to smarten up,” he told the rally.

Whistler’s mayor, Jack Crompton, apologized in a Facebook video last week.

Alberta’s Opposition Leader Jason Kenney, who typically criticizes the NDP government’s carbon tax during public appearances, limited his salvos mostly for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and what he called “foreign money” that opposes Canada’e energy sector.

While Quebec Premier Bernard Legault, speaking about the proposed Energy East pipeline, recently said there’s no “social acceptability” for a pipeline that would carry what he called “dirty” energy through his province, Kenney blamed Quebec politicians rather than Quebecers.

“The vast majority of Quebecers are hard-working women and men who support our resource industries. They work in the forestry sector, they work in mining, they understand the people of the Peace Country,” Kenney told the rally.

“But they have political leadership that is saying they will take $13 billion in equalization money, largely from your industry, largely from this province.”

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