Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is denouncing a video in which two men joke about sexually assaulting his wife, calling the pair “dirtbags” and indicating that his office has referred the matter to the RCMP.
Mr. Poilievre was responding to comments made in a livestream that appeared on social media on the weekend. In it, Jeremy Mackenzie, founder of Diagolon, says he wants to sexually assault Anaida Poilievre; Morgan May laughs in response. Diagolon has been designated as a violent extremist group by the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre, a federal organization that assesses terrorism threats to Canada and Canadian interests globally. The threat against Ms. Poilievre was the latest in a string of incidents that have raised questions about the security of high-profile figures, including Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.
“This weekend, I became aware of disgusting comments made by Jeremy McKenzie and another man, where they discuss sexually assaulting my wife. These men are dirtbags,” Mr. Poilievre wrote in a tweet.
“Frankly, like most Canadians, until about a month ago, I had never heard of Diagolon & these losers. They are all odious.”
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THIS AND THAT
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PRIME MINISTER'S DAY
In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held private meetings, met with local hydro workers departing for Atlantic Canada to support Hurricane Fiona recovery efforts, and took media questions on the hurricane. Mr. Trudeau also attended Question Period.
No schedules released for party leaders.
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Charles Burton (Contributed to The Globe and Mail) on why Chinese police are operating in Canada, while our own government and security services apparently look the other way: “In China, the high-profile TV drama In The Name Of The People has become a smash hit. In that show, Chinese agents enter the U.S. posing as businessmen so they can repatriate a factory manager who had fled abroad with huge ill-gotten wealth. But a new study by the European non-governmental agency Safeguard Defenders suggests that there might be some truth to the fiction. According to the NGO, the Fuzhou Public Security Bureau has established more than 50 “overseas police service centres” in cities around the world – including three publicly documented ones in Toronto, home to Canada’s largest Chinese diaspora. This is an outrage.”
Ava Homa (Contributed to The Globe and Mail) on how, by burning their head scarves, Iranian women are restoring their voices: “What seems different about these protests, other than their size and duration, is their feminist nature and the widespread support from men. That support of broader Iranian society for women and their right to choose is crucial. Previously, when women have risen up against the law, such as at a massive rally in Tehran on International Women’s Day in 1979 shortly after the Iranian Revolution, their protests were easily quashed, with Islamic groups dismissing any demand for freedom from the hijab as an anti-Islam sentiment, the left claiming the hijab was a symbol of cultural independence and a rejection of corrupt royalists, while many others stayed silent. No one, it seems, cared to ask women what they wanted.”
Glen McGillvray (Contributed to The Globe and Mail) on the important lessons we must learn from post-tropical storm Fiona: “One of the first actions we need to take is stop creating new risk by designing and constructing critical infrastructure with climate change and future weather in mind. It doesn’t make any sense to build these assets for the weather we used to get – not when we expect these assets to still be in service many decades from now. To start, governments (including public infrastructure banks), private banks, venture capital providers and other funders of infrastructure must hinge financing on the mandatory completion of recognized climate vulnerability assessments for all newly planned infrastructure and for major refurbishments of existing infrastructure. What’s more, the findings of these assessments must be acted on – just completing an assessment to tick off a box shouldn’t be enough.”