Quote of the day
- “Each one of us comes to the table with a clear goal of promoting and defending the interests of our own countries, of our own economies. That often means there are very tough discussions that take place, (but) at the end of the day, here we are as 12 TPP partners, having achieved something that some time ago, people didn’t think was achievable.” — International Trade Minister Ed Fast on the announcement that a tentative deal has been reached between Canada and 11 other nations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a massive Pacific Rim trading bloc billed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the largest-ever deal of its kind.
The trade deal
- Harper happy: Conservative Leader Stephen Harper moved quickly following the announcement the TPP has been signed. He pledged that cabinet has approved a plan to spend $4.3 billion over the next 15 years to protect Canadian farmers from the impact of the TPP.
- Dumping wheat: Conservative MP Larry McGuire, seeking re-election in Brandon-Souris, got a surprise when an angry TPP protester dumped a pile of wheat in front of his campaign office. McGuire quickly took control of the situation and posted photos of himself next the wheat with his campaign sign in full view. According to McGuire’s tweet, under the new deal, the wheat would be available to world markets. We’ll have reaction.
- Making it easy: For students who normally live in rural Manitoba but study at the University of Manitoba, Elections Canada made it a bit easier to vote. Advanced polls open today and run until Thursday at the Pembina Hall Student lounge.
Good and bad
- Progress made: Manitoba Health Minister Sharon Blady says good progress is being made on a 2011 government commitment to reduce wait times for cancer treatment. For example, she says, 85 per cent of all breast-cancer patients now begin treatment with 60 days of first suspicion of the disease when they are referred to one of the province’s eight cancer diagnostic and treatment hubs. Before the province instituted its In Sixty initiative, only 18 per cent met the target.
- Progress made, Part 2: A notice of motion is being tabled at tonight’s Winnipeg School Division meeting that could mean the implementation of policy specifically for transgender students in Manitoba public schools. It will be debated and voted upon Nov. 2.
- Not so good: The MTS Centre is one of the most successful sports and entertainment venues in North America. It’s time it started paying its fair share to the city. That’s our editorial for Tuesday.
In case you missed it
- Mr. Pottymouth: An obscenity-laden pamphlet using NDP MP Pat Martin’s letterhead has been circulating in the Winnipeg Centre riding. The pamphlet, aimed at discrediting Martin, who has freely admitted that he uses salty language, is now being forwarded to Elections Canada for investigation.
- Housing fix: Senator and former MP Art Eggleton argues that affordable housing should be an election issue.
- Watching the polls: We have the insiders’ scoop on the federal campaign. There are concerns that the NDP drop in polls will hurt the Conservatives.
Today in history
- Today in 1970 marked the beginning of the October Crisis in Canada. Members of Quebec seperatist group Front de libération du Québec kidnapped British trade envoy James Cross at gunpoint. The FLQ demanded $500,000 ransom and the release of other FLQ members in jail. Later, on Oct. 10, FLQ terrorists kidnapped Pierre Laporte, a former journalist and the minister of labour in the Quebec National Assembly. He was killed seven days later. Cross was released unharmed in December.
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