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Politics 204 for Nov. 13

Manitoba’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson is calling for an inquiry into the case of two northern babies switched at birth. The grown adults are Luke Monias (in middle) and Norman Barkman. (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press)

Manitoba’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson is calling for an inquiry into the case of two northern babies switched at birth. The grown adults are Luke Monias (in middle) and Norman Barkman.

Quote of the day

  • "It was shocking and unbelievable, but all too true," - Aboriginal affairs minister Eric Robinson, after it was revealed that two men in Garden Hill were switched at birth 40 years ago

In Ottawa

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press files)

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

    Heading overseas: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving Canada tonight for his first overseas trip. Trudeau is first on his way to Turkey for the G20 meeting and then on to the Philippines for the APEC Summit. This trip will mainly focus on the global economy but it is Trudeau's debut on the international stage and he has many individual meetings planned with leaders including US President Barack Obama during the APEC meeting and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Turkey. Trudeau told reporters Thursday he plans to raise many of the things he did during the campaign including investments to stimulate global growth.
  • Refugees: Health care, housing, language classes – the needs of refugees are great and with 2,000 more coming to Winnipeg soon, agencies and private citizens are bucking up to get their needs met and trying to figure out how to handle a sudden influx of people from a different culture, language and climate who’ve been through hell. What’s happened with Refuge Winnipeg’s 3 Syrian families that they sponsored who arrived in October? What can we learn from them? Check out Saturday's Free Press for more or on our website.

At the legislature today

  • Switched at birth: Manitoba’s aboriginal affairs minister is calling for an investigation into the case of two northern babies switched at birth. Eric Robinson hosted a press conference today at noon at the Manitoba legislature to detail the unusual case, where two men from a remote community in northern Manitoba were switched at birth. Robinson demanded a federal inquiry into the event.
  • Alternative throne speech: Brian Pallister pledged today to bring new ides and more accountability to government while re-newing a vow to reduce the PST and making several new promises, including allowing teachers to hand out grades of zero. In speech to 200 invited Progressive Conservative officials and supporters, Pallister said, if elect-ed April 19, he would restore integrity to government by bringing in Manitoba’s first ‘open govern-ment bill,’ setting out higher standards for accountability, MLA ethics and government contracting practices.
  • Pallister begins the home stretch to the promised land: With the release of his party's alternative throne speech on Friday, Tory Leader Brian Pallister begins his final push to push the NDP out of power in next April's election. Still, if this mock throne speech is any indication, Pallister still has much work to do before he can convince Manitobans - and Winnipeggers in particular - that he is ready to govern, check out Free Press columnist Dan Lett's column in Saturday's paper or on our website.

Around Winnipeg

  • Coun. Marty Morantz says that the budget surplus is artificial. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Files)

    Coun. Marty Morantz says that the budget surplus is artificial.

    Campaign stigma: A coalition of sex trade workers, the Winnipeg Working Group, is calling out the province on its pre-Grey Cup “Buying Sport is Not a Game” campaign. It’s a rip-off of an Ontario, faith-based effort to stigmatize, further, the sex trade and it does not real good, they say.
  • Today's editorial: The empty pleadings of city finance chairman Coun. Marty Morantz for more money from the province are starting to wear a little thin. “Please sir, we want some more,” is a suitable lament for a hungry waif in an orphanage, but it is unlikely to deliver another serving for the cash-starved city.


  • Syphilis spreading: The province's medical officer warned that the syphilis outbreak which began in Winnipeg in 2013 has spread into the rural part of Manitoba and is infecting more women than every before. Dr. Joss Reimer said they estimate they will see well over 100 new cases in 2015, the largest figure in Manitoba's recorded history.
  • Smell in south Winnipeg: St. Norbert MLA Dave Gaudreau says the foul smell plaguing south Winnipeg has little to do with a small compost operator and everything to do with the city’s own landfill. Gaudreau said he doesn’t understand why area Coun. Janice Lukes is blaming the 10-acre compost run by Samborski Garden Supply for fouling the neighbourhood air when the city operates a 2,200-acre landfill in the same area.
  • Immigration: Both Premier Greg Selinger and Immigration Minister Erna Braun have said in recent weeks they would like the new Liberal government in Ottawa to restore the Canada-Manitoba Immigration Agreement, which was negotiated in 1996 and gave the province power to administer settlement programs in Manitoba with federal funding.

Today in history

  • Former president George W. Bush (Susan Walsh / The Associated press)

    Former president George W. Bush

    Nov. 13, 2001: George W. Bush signs a military order concerning the “Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism.” With this order, suspected terrorists who are not citizens of the United States were to be “detained at an appropriate location designated by the Secretary of Defense.” It “determined that an extraordinary emergency exists for national defense purposes, that this emergency constitutes an urgent and compelling government interest and that issuance of this order is necessary to meet the emergency.”

On the calendar

  • Monday, Nov. 16: The speech from the throne will be delivered, ushering in the opening of the last session before the April 19 election. The ceremonies surrounding the opening of the fifth session of the 40th Manitoba legislature will begin at approximately 12:55 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16 in front of the Legislative Building. Delivery of the throne speech in the Legislative Chamber is expected to begin at approximately 1:35 p.m.

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