Four stories in the news for Tuesday, July 17
MPs AGREE TO SUMMER STUDY OF ASYLUM SEEKERS
The House of Commons immigration committee has agreed to meet at least twice before early August to study the issue of asylum seekers crossing the border from the U.S. Members agreed during a rare summer session Monday to review the federal response to the irregular border crossers, inviting testimony from Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and other cabinet ministers. Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel and her NDP counterpart, Jenny Kwan, have been pushing the Liberals to reveal more about their plan to deal with the influx of border crossers.
PIPELINE DIVIDES TRUDEAU YOUTH COUNCIL
Fissures have appeared inside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's youth council after a group of current and former members publicly urged the Liberal government to reverse its decision to buy Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline. The request was made in a letter to the prime minister signed by 16 past and present members of the council who express "immense disappointment" with the planned $4.5-billion pipeline purchase. Other members say they do not agree with this position.
FEDS URGED TO PAY $21B FOR SENIORS CARE
Physicians are calling on the federal government to shell out another $21 billion over the next decade to help provinces and territories pay for soaring health-care costs that will be propelled by the unavoidable growth of Canada's seniors population. An analysis to be released today by the Canadian Medical Association urges Ottawa to provide bigger and bigger annual top-ups to the existing federal health-care transfer program.
CANADA SHOULD AID HOLOCAUST DENIER ON TRIAL: OCLA
The Ontario Civil Liberties Association is urging the federal government to end what it says is the "unjust and immoral" imprisonment of a Canadian on trial in Germany for denying the Holocaust. The Munich public prosecutor's office says Monika Schaefer is on trial for allegedly publishing multiple videos denying the Holocaust. Schaefer ran for the Green party three times in Alberta before she appeared in a YouTube video denying the Holocaust in 2016, prompting the party condemn her views.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Antigonish and Sutherlands River in Nova Scotia.
— Byelection in the Winnipeg riding of St. Boniface to replace former Manitoba premier Greg Selinger.
— Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef will make funding announcement in Winnipeg regarding women's economic security.
— Statistics Canada will release its monthly survey of manufacturing.
— ICBC will share the latest crash statistics for British Columbia.
— A Canadian Red Cross Rescuer Award will be presented posthumously in St. John's, N.L., to the family of Leo Bullen, who gave up his life-jacket to one of six survivors in a 1972 marine disaster that claimed nine lives.
The Canadian Press