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Maxime Bernier assume l’étiquette populiste

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Le chef du Parti populaire du Canada a tenu ces propos jeudi matin lors d’une entrevue de fin d’année au micro de Gravel le matin.

Maxime Bernier affirme que 338 candidats de sa formation politique se présenteront dans les 338 circonscriptions canadiennes lors des élections fédérales d’octobre 2019.

Il a fondé le Parti populaire du Canada en septembre 2018, moins d’un mois après avoir claqué la porte du Parti conservateur du Canada, qui trouvait ses idées trop « audacieuses », selon ses propos.

En entrevue, le député de la circonscription de Beauce affirme que son parti compte maintenant près de 33 000 membres. À ses yeux, l’engouement envers sa formation politique provient de ses idées, qu’il assume et qu’il défend sur la place publique.

Je pense que c’est cela que les gens aiment. Le fait que l’on dit ce que l’on pense, on pense ce que l’on dit. On n’essaye pas de plaire à tout le monde et on fait de la politique autrement.

Maxime Bernier

L’enjeu de l’immigration

Au cours de l’entretien à Gravel le matin, Maxime Bernier a longuement expliqué sa vision de l’immigration. L’un des chevaux de bataille de sa formation est le retour à de plus bas seuils d’immigration au Canada.

Il souhaite abaisser le nombre de nouveaux arrivants au même niveau qu’avant l’élection du Parti libéral de Justin Trudeau. « Je ne veux pas que l’on se retrouve au Canada dans 20 ans avec des problèmes d’intégration comme il y en a dans certains pays européens présentement », a-t-il dit.

Le politicien préconise l’arrivée d’immigrants économiques au détriment des réfugiés et des réunifications familiales.

L’immigration est également un sujet sensible pour ceux qui souhaitent se porter candidats sous la bannière du Parti populaire du Canada.

« Les gens qui ne croient pas à l’immigration ne sont pas les bienvenus dans notre parti. Les gens qui sont pour une immigration illimitée ne sont pas les bienvenus aussi dans notre parti », tranche Maxime Bernier.

Les idées sont là. Si vous pensez changer d’idée sur les valeurs fondamentales, comme l’immigration, vous n’êtes pas bienvenu.

Maxime Bernier

Créé en septembre 2018, son parti politique reprend sensiblement les mêmes idées qu’il avait mises de l’avant lors de la course à la chefferie du parti conservateur en 2017, course qu’il avait perdue aux mains d’Andrew Sheer après 13 tours de scrutin.

Le test des élections partielles

Au moins trois élections partielles fédérales se tiendront en février 2019. Il s’agira du premier test électoral pour le Parti populaire du Canada.

Maxime Bernier croit que l’arrivée d’un nouveau parti dans l’échiquier politique est de bon augure. Selon lui, les citoyens sont prêts à voter pour un nouveau parti, différent des partis traditionnels.

« Je regarde les statistiques de la dernière campagne électorale [fédérale] et 30 % de la population n’a pas voté. Imaginez- vous si l’on va chercher seulement 15 % de ces gens-là? », s’interroge le député de Beauce.

Les élections fédérales seront déclenchées dans la prochaine année.

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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