Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will not be taking part in “any climate event,” according to a party spokesperson.
Saint-Leonard-Saint-Michel has elected Liberals since it was created in the 1980s, though its three MPs have been Alfonso Gagliano, a minister brought down in the sponsorship scandal of the early 2000s; Massimo Pacetti, whom Justin Trudeau expelled from the Liberal caucus in 2014 over allegations hed harassed another MP; and Nicola Di Iorio, who stopped showing up in the House of Commons before eventually resigning last winter.
The Montreal rally, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of protesters, will start at the George-Étienne Cartier statue in Mount-Royal Park at 12 p.m.
The NDPs Jagmeet Singh is spending a third day in a row in British Columbia, talking mainly about housing in events on Vancouver Island. Hes playing defence: Vancouver Island is where the Greens see their best chances of picking up seats, after a byelection win over the New Democrats in Nanaimo-Ladysmith last May.
Montreal police say traffic will be difficult in the area between Berri, Peel, St-Joseph and de la Commune Streets.
Police would not divulge details on the force’s strategy for the march nor the number of officers that will be on hand during the demonstration.
However, the force noted that security will be the responsibility of the event’s organizers and that officers will only be on hand to intervene if needed.
From left to right, Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
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Several educational institutions have already announced they will be cancelling classes to allow students to attend the march.
And Maxime Bernier of the Peoples Party continues his own trip to the West, spreading his populist message in Calgary after spending Wednesday in Vancouver.
Concordia University said it will be cancelling classes on Friday afternoon. McGill University will not be cancelling classes.
Dawson College, Cégep du Vieux Montréal and John Abbott College are among the CEGEPs that are cancelling classes for the day to allow students to participate in the rally. Some CEGEP teachers unions have also voted to strike that day.
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A report issued last fall by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics, found that the U.K.'s expert committee had helped both Labour and Conservative governments make headway on carbon-reduction goals. "The [committee] has made a material difference to the way climate policy is conducted in terms of objectives (the statutory carbon targets), process (impact on parliamentary debate) and substance (e.g. influencing new laws on energy, infrastructure, housing and water)," wrote the authors.
The provinces largest school board, the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), will also be cancelling classes for its elementary and high school students and turning Friday into a pedagogical (PED) day.
Other school boards, including the English Montreal School Board and the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, will not be following in the CSDMs footsteps, saying it will be business as usual in their classrooms.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board noted that Sept. 27 was already a designated PED day for its elementary and high school students.
In response to the mass cancellation of classes, Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge insisted the best way for students to fight the climate crisis is to simply stay in school on Sept. 27.
The best way to fight climate change is to go to school. Of course, the solutions are in the school, but in Quebec, we have the right to express ourselves to go in the street and say what we want to say, he said Wednesday.
Public transit across Greater Montreal will be free on Friday as a show of support for the climate march.
We will be waiting for you by our sides for the future of the planet, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante announced.
After the march, Thunberg, a prominent voice in the fight against the climate crisis, has been invited to city hall to receive a key to the city from the mayor.
There are no plans for the 16-year-old to meet with Quebec Premier François Legault during her visit.
According to several activist groups, at least 860 cities around the world have demonstrations planned this Friday.
The SNC-Lavalin affair returned to the campaign trail today, with the Conservatives promising to launch a judicial inquiry into the scandal if they form government this fall.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer travelled to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's Papineau riding Thursday morning to make the announcement.
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"We are here in Papineau to send a message to Justin Trudeau, and to the people in his office who are associated with this scandal, [that] we're taking this situation very seriously and we want to eliminate any possibility of it happening again," Scheer told reporters during the campaign stop.
Scheer also said a Conservative government would allow the RCMP to access information protected by cabinet confidence by applying to the Supreme Court of Canada — legislation he's dubbing the No More Cover Ups Act.
"The measures I've announced today and others I will announce later in the campaign will safeguard our democracy against the whims of sleazy and unscrupulous politicians," he said.
Just hours before the official dissolution of Parliament, the Globe and Mail published a story suggesting the RCMP were being stymied in their attempts to interview potential witnesses in the SNC-Lavalin case because they were shackled by cabinet confidence.
Trudeau has long argued he granted an unprecedented waiver to free up former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould and others to testify in front of a parliamentary committee earlier this year, often referring to it as "the largest and most expansive waiver of cabinet confidence in Canada's history."
Responding to the Globe's story, Trudeau has said it was the Privy Council clerk who made the decision not to broaden the waiver.
"We respect the decisions made by our professional public servants. We respect the decision made by the clerk," Trudeau said at the time of dissolution.
The Liberal leader has acknowledged he needs to earn back Canadians' trust after his campaign was rocked by last week's revelations that Trudeau wore blackface on at least three separate occasions.
Trudeau, campaigning in Sudbury today, was asked what he could do between now and election day to prove he's trustworthy. He replied he would "continue to focus on the things that Canadians care most about."
"Canadians care about fighting against intolerance and racism, and I will keep standing up against intolerance every single day," he said.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who called for a public inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair shortly after the story broke, said his party would attack deferred prosecution agreements as the root of the issue.
"It's wrong to give corrupt companies an out," Singh told reporters at a campaign event in Campbell River, B.C.
Singh also dismissed the Liberals' claim that prosecuting the Quebec-based engineering firm could lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.
"There will continue to be jobs for Canadians and Quebecers, despite the threat Mr. Trudeau referred to," he said.
Quebec's popular premier, François Legault, has said that he supports Trudeau's intentions on the SNC-Lavalin file, to save jobs, but does not always agree with his methods.
Polls have also suggested there is slightly more tolerance for Trudeau's actions on SNC-Lavalin in Quebec than there is in other parts of the country.
A Nanos poll released in September found that 44.3 per cent of Quebecers polled said Trudeau was justified or somewhat justified in his actions, which is about 10 points higher than the national average of 34.9 per cent. That same poll showed that 48.4 per cent of Quebecers said Trudeau was not justified or somewhat not justified.
An Abacus Data poll released in August found that 50 per cent of Quebecers felt Trudeau was motivated to protect jobs, while 50 per cent said his actions were inappropriate.
Last month, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence Wilson-Raybould to overrule a decision denying a deferred prosecution agreement to SNC-Lavalin.
In his report, Dion wrote that "the prime minister, directly and through his senior officials, used various means to exert influence over Ms. Wilson‑Raybould."
"The authority of the prime minister and his office was used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the director of public prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms. Wilson‑Raybould as the Crown's chief law officer," Dion wrote.
SNC-Lavalin is facing bribery and fraud charges related to alleged payments of close to $50 million to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to secure government contracts.
In the 2002 Babcock decision, the Supreme Court of Canada defended the principle of cabinet confidence, saying that if cabinet members' statements were subject to disclosure they might end up censoring their words, consciously or unconsciously.
"The process of democratic governance works best when cabinet members charged with government policy and decision-making are free to express themselves around the cabinet table unreservedly," it reads.
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