Hey folks,

Jeremy (@JeremyAppel1025) here, back with another round of news and analysis. Today we’ve got: Canadian politicians hypocritically calling for next year’s Beijing Olympics to be relocated; some progressive recommendations from parliament’s finance committee that are sure to be ignored; some good news for a wrongfully-arrested man in Quebec; the NDP leader’s galaxy brain idea for ramping up COVID vaccinations. 

Let’s go!

Opposition Leaders Call To Boycott 2022 Beijing Olympics

Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole is the latest to call for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to be relocated, citing allegations of genocide against Uighurs in Xinjiang province, as well as the ongoing detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. 

“I think Canadians would agree that it would violate universal fundamental ethical principles to participate in an Olympic Games hosted by a country that is committing a genocide against part of its population,” O’Toole said.

Canada, of course, has itself been accused of committing genocide against part of its population, as per the Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, so it appears O’Toole’s “universal fundamental ethical principles” aren’t so universal. 

But when you think residential schools were an effort to “provide education” to Indigenous kids, and not systematically destroy their culture through abuse and indoctrination, it makes sense that you’d point your finger elsewhere. 

Green party leader Annamie Paul took this hypocrisy even further, calling on Canada to host the games instead of China. 

“China has proven itself to be incredibly resistant to liberalization of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” Paul said. “There is no reason to credibly believe that the celebration of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, alongside a genocide, will produce any such results.”

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has also indicated he supports relocating the games. A couple weeks ago, 13 MPs from all five parties also called for relocation. 

But when you’re committing genocide against Indigenous peoples, and assisting Saudi Arabia in its genocidal war on Yemen, you may want to have a look in the mirror before calling on official enemies to behave themselves or face consequences. 

DIG DEEPER: Canada, Like The U.S., Is Built On Anti-Black And Indigenous Racism

Finance Committee Makes 145 Recommendations Destined To Be Ignored

  • The House of Commons’ Finance Committee has issued a series of 145 recommendations for the upcoming budget, including increased healthcare funding, pharmacare, childcare and universal basic income. 
  • The report also calls for measures to ensure wage subsidy funds are used to employee workers and not pay out executive bonuses or dividends. 
  • Since the Liberals have a minority government, the report leaned on the NDP for support. The NDP, however, wrote a supplementary report that criticized the government for its unwillingness to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund ambitious social programs. 
  • “I question the sincerity,” NDP MP Peter Julian said of the Liberal recommendations. “The revenue side has to be taken care of.”

Wrongfully Arrested Man Likely To Receive Pathway To Citizenship

  • Parliament has voted unanimously on a non-binding motion to give Mamadi III Fara Camara, who was wrongfully charged with attempted murder of a police officer, permanent residency status. 
  • Camara is in Canada on a study permit that expires in May, according to his lawyer, who filed a request to the federal immigration minister to give Camara permanent residency on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.
  • From Global: Camara was arrested Jan. 28 after a police officer was allegedly disarmed and attacked with his own service weapon, and he was originally charged with attempted murder and other serious offences before he was fully exonerated. 
  • He told popular francophone radio show Tout le monde en parle that he wasn’t allowed to contact his family while in custody for six days. 

ICYMI: Jagmeet Singh Wants To Fight COVID-19 With The Military 

Singh has called on the federal government to deploy the military to speed up provincial vaccination campaigns, despite nobody asking for that, the Canadian Press reports

“The provinces haven’t specially asked for that,” Singh admitted. “But we’ve got the capacity to use the military, set up sites in federal facilities and federal buildings across the country.”

Canada’s top doctor Theresa Tam said there’s no shortage of facilities for vaccination. 

“I know that the human-resource aspect is not the biggest concern from provinces and territories. We have many pharmacists, family doctors (and) other health professionals,” said Tam. 

The military is being used to screen travellers for COVID-19, and have been deployed to hellish long-term care facilities throughout the pandemic, but they play no role in administering the vaccine, nor do they appear needed.

My guess is that by making the needless military assistance announcement, Singh is attempting to burnish his tough guy credentials in preparation for a rumoured election later this year.  

DIG DEEPER: Canadian Media Has Failed To Hold Our Military To Account

That’s it for your February 17 Passage Daily. Stay tuned to your inbox tomorrow for some news and analysis from the great Robert Hiltz.

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