The changing faces of politics in Alberta
Two mayors enter, two mayors leave
Jyoti Gondek is the new name to know after 11 years of Naheed Nenshi turning mayor of Calgary into a job with a national profile. Edmonton concurrently elected Amarjeet Sohi to replace outgoing Don Iveson, which will further contribute to a shifting profile for Alberta’s big-city politicians. The final results of a few referendum questions await.
Trudeau has taken a chastening
The rebuking of Justin Trudeau occurred in Kamloops, where the PM apologized for rejecting the Truth and Reconciliation Day invitation from Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc Nation to vacation in Tofino. And while the Canadian flag still files at half-mast on Parliament Hill, Trudeau committed to nationwide lowering on every September 30.
That memo telling civil servants not to invoke “Let’s Go Brandon” was totally fake. Alberta Institute think-tank president Peter McCaffrey racked up retweets on the presumption it was real, but Shared Services Canada forced a change of headline from those who were duped. (Alas, that duped group included this newsletter. Sorry!)
Dole is English for chômage
The thrill of a French-speaking Doug Ford may manifest in time for the next election campaign. Asked about how his attempt to learn the language is going, the premier said he paused the lessons for safety reasons. He also said Ontario only wants hard-working immigrants, which led to opposition calls for apology that seemingly won’t be heeded:
“Veteran Toronto radio host cancelled by the woke mob over bizarre on-air incident.” Peter Shurman was let go as a Toronto fill-in host at Global News Radio after an incident explained by Sue-Ann Levy at True North. It followed an interview with gender justice advocate Farrah Khan, for which the station later apologized.
Finally, the revenge of Zeddy
Zellers had its pop-up store revival take a weird turn after it was discovered that Hudson’s Bay Company let the trademark lapse, only to have it land on a trailer in Quebec. The Moniz family promised to open a small store to match their mini-Kmart in Sorel-Tracy. But the HBC lawyers aren’t into being played in a way Target once was: