In other news, the CPC had another leadership debate tonight.On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly was asked if her office was aware of the intelligence that Ukrainian staff for foreign embassies were allegedly on Russia’s list of targeted individuals — and deliberately withheld the information from the local staff at the mission.“Never did I or the department have any information targeting locally engaged Canadian staff. We never got that information, nor me or my team or the department,” Joly told reporters at a joint news conference with her visiting German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, after the two met to discuss the energy and food security crises as well as trade.“I know we have a specific duty of care. I know this is in conversations within the department whether that duty of care applies to locally engaged staff. I would say that morally we have an obligation toward locally engaged staff.”...Joly said she had spoken “directly” with the locally engaged staff about their safety and security during her visits in Ukraine in January before the war and followed up with the department and Canadian ambassador in Kyiv, Larisa Galadza, on this issue, throughout, including on Feb. 24, when the war was declared.“Ukraine is a war-torn country, we wanted to make sure that they had options. They were offered options to come to Canada. Some of them have decided to come. Some of them have decided to stay,” said Joly, who praised the contributions of the local Ukrainian staff members.“They were also given full payment and compensation and benefits, although for some time the diplomats were outside of the country.”
Scrimshaw has been on fire lately when it comes to the leadership contest - which he says is no contest at all:
Reminds me of... pic.twitter.com/f8yg3oLUBH— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) August 4, 2022
... for my selfish self-interest, I want people to be pretending this is a close race, because then it makes me look more prescient when Poilievre wins easily. This race has been called in the pages of this site perfectly from the day the campaign started, with Poilievre a clear and obvious winner, with Charest and Brown jokes, and with Lewis a theoretical danger but probably not one, because Poilievre was always going to eat her lunch...
Every time someone tells to subscribe to the @NationalPost I ask, Have you read it lately? Why don't you ask me to subscribe to Pierre Poilievre's digital media scripts about wood or woodpeckers of whatever he thinks Canada's bird brains want to hear? https://t.co/MhbZnjgK3H— Charles Adler (@charlesadler) August 3, 2022
Our P.M gets a haircut. Conservatives & their media go berserk.— Clay Thompson (@harryt59_harry) August 3, 2022
The P.M takes his family on vacation the conservatives & their media go berserk.
The Liberals rack up a 5.3 billion surplus nothing.
Pierre Poilievre is afraid to debate Charest, Nothing. Welcome to Trumpland