Fed Insiders Got VIP Service

Cabinet aides were in personal contact with VIPs and Liberal Party insiders seeking federal Covid contracts from the outbreak of the pandemic, according to internal emails. Other suppliers were told to register with a federal website: "Could we reach out politically on this one as well?"

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No Proof Vax Passports Work

There are no data proving vaccine passports work, says Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer. Tam told reporters the actual impact on vaccination rates has not been studied by the Public Health Agency of Canada: "That remains to be seen."

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Sought Replacement Workers

The Newfoundland and Labrador government quietly petitioned the post office to hire replacement workers to deliver the mail, according to internal records. Neither Canada Post nor the Premier’s Office would comment on emails dating from a Covid outbreak in St. John’s: "The Newfoundland and Labrador government has requested that Canada Post look at hiring temporary workers."

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Would Promote Arts Abroad

The Department of Canadian Heritage has spent three years devising a program to promote the arts at foreign embassies, according to a briefing note. Expenses to date were not detailed. It follows a fly-a-chef program by the Department of Foreign Affairs that cost $1.75 million a year: "People begin to gain a better appreciation of other perspectives."

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Home Pot Bans Legal: Court

Local bans on home cultivation of legalized marijuana are constitutional, the Québec Court of Appeal has ruled. A similar challenge of a Manitoba ban is pending: "Do I understand the Government of Canada would leave it totally to the courts?"

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Sunday Poem: “All Aboard”

Poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, writes for Blacklock’s each and every Sunday: “Canadian politicians love the train. They either take Business Class for added room and comfort, or publicly denounce VIA executives…”

Review – Heroes And Anti-Heroes

Historian Jack Granatstein decades ago crisscrossed the country interviewing the last surviving senior Canadian officers to serve in the Second World War. Once newsreel heroes, they were now old men, in their 80s and 90s, forgotten by the public – bitterly so, in some cases. Luckily for readers, Granatstein saved his notes.

“Some of what I recorded was indiscreet, self-serving and gossipy, no doubt, but almost all of it seemed to me to be the truth,” writes Granatstein; “During the war, several of the officers whom I interviewed had refused to be disparaging about the abilities of their leaders, despite probing questioning. They had no such qualms in disparaging politicians, but the passage of decades and the gaining of perspective relaxed such instinctive attitudes in many interviewees’ remarks on their comrades.”

Minister Used Ghostwriters

Internal emails show federal employees had to script a town hall appearance by Prosperity Minister Mona Fortier that included written questions submitted in advance. The Department of Finance yesterday did not comment: "We’re really looking forward to some of those answers."

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Homeless Vets Fund Up 35%

An emergency fund for poor and homeless veterans has been oversubscribed by 35 percent, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs report. Auditors quoted one employee as stating the program was saving lives of desperate ex-military left on the streets: "Demand for the Fund has exceeded the funding."

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“Have To” Tax Home Equity

The Liberal Party yesterday did not comment after an Atlantic candidate was quoted as warning cabinet “unfortunately” will have to tax home equity. Jason Hickey, Liberal candidate in New Brunswick Southwest, made his remarks in a video recording distributed by the Conservative Party: "It’s what we have to do."

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Average Covid Victim Age 86

New data by Statistics Canada yesterday confirmed most pandemic victims were over 85. The figures mirror research by other groups indicating a majority of deaths occurred among octogenarians: "The Covid-19 mortality rate for the 85 and older age group outpaced the overall increase in the mortality rate."

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“Make The Right Choice…”

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland yesterday appealed to Québecers to “make the right choice” after Premier François Legault publicly opposed the Liberals’ re-election. The Party won 35 of 78 seats in Québec in the last campaign: "It's a tough situation."

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Would Lower Deficits By 13%

The Conservative Party yesterday said if elected it expects ongoing deficits to be about thirteen percent below the Liberal cabinet’s own forecasts over the next three years. Leader Erin O’Toole has said he would not advocate deeper cuts to federal spending: "That is our plan."

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Media Blacklist Struck, Again

The Federal Court for the second time in two years has struck down a media blacklist by the Leaders’ Debates Commission. The Commission had attempted to block Rebel News Network Ltd. from attending tonight’s English-language telecast: 'It is is attempting to regulate the media.'

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$125M Benefit For Billionaire

Billionaire Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors Canada Inc. received more than $125 million in federal subsidies in the past two years, accounts show. The California carmaker was the largest beneficiary of $5,000 federal rebates for electric car buyers: "Tesla has received the most."

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