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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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City committee votes to name Sandy Hill Park after Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook

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OTTAWA — Ottawa city councillors have voted to rename a Sandy Hill park after celebrated Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook.

The community and protective services committee approved a recommendation to rename the park at 240 Somerset Street East the “Annie Pootoogook Park.”

Pootoogook was an award-winning artist who lived in Ottawa. She died in 2016 at the age of 47 when she fell into the Rideau River. Ottawa police investigated her death, but it was ruled non-suspicious.

Stephanie Plante submitted an application to the city to commemorate Pootoogook by renaming the park after her.

Plante says she met with Veldon Coburn, the adoptive father of Pootoogook’s eight-year-old daughter, and reached out to Pootoogook’s brother in Nunavut to discuss the idea.

“Women matter, the arts matter, and most importantly Inuit people matter,” Plante told the committee.

“As of today, it’s quite possible an entirely new generation will write Annie Pootoogook Park on birthday party invitations, t-ball sign ups, dog park meet ups, soccer registration forms, summer camp locations.”

Alexandra Badzak, director of the Ottawa Art Gallery, told the community and protective services committee the arts community supports honouring Pootoogook.

“Those of us in the arts in Ottawa, across Canada and internationally know of the importance of Annie Pootoogook’s work,” said Badzak. “Who’s pen and pencil crayon drawings drew upon the legacy of her famous artistic family.”

The head of the National Gallery of Canada said Pootoogook’s artistic legacy is remembered across Canada.

“There’s absolutely no question that Annie Pootoogook is deserving of having Sandy Hill Park named in her honour,” Sasha Suda told the committee Thursday morning.

“She was an unbelievably bright light. Despite the briefness of her career, she leaves an incredibly strong legacy through her art work and in the ways that she changed the art world.”

Coun. Mathieu Fleury told the committee plans are in the works to set up an exhibit space in the Sandy Hill Community Centre to highlight Pootoogook’s work. The city is also working to set up programming for Inuit and artists in the park.

Council will vote on the proposal next week.

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City aces legal dispute over Kanata golf club

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An Ontario court judge has upheld a 40-year-old agreement that says the Kanata Lakes Golf and Country Club must remain open space and not be redeveloped into a housing community.

The decision is a big win for the city, Kanata North Coun. Jenna Sudds and her constituents, who have spent two years trying to prevent property owner ClubLink from turning the course into a 1,500-home development with its partners Minto Communities and Richcraft Homes.

Sudds, who said she burst into tears over Friday’s decision, called it “terrific news” for the community. As many as 500 homes back onto the course and more than 1,000 households use the grounds for recreation, she said.

“The green space, the golf course itself, which really is right in the middle of our community here, is used by the community quite frequently,” said Sudds, who recently moved the neighbourhood. “I see people out all hours of the day throughout the winter. It’s amazing to see all the tracks snowshoeing and skiing and dog-walking.”

40-year-old agreement ‘valid’

ClubLink, which bought the 50-year-old course in 1997, announced in December 2018 that it planned to redevelop part of the property.

Local residents, along with the newly elected councillor and the city’s own legal department, argued that the development shouldn’t go ahead due to a 1981 legal agreement between then City of Kanata and the developer. That agreement called for 40 per cent of the area in Kanata Lakes to be open space in perpetuity.

“The 1981 Agreement continues to be a valid and binding contract,” Ontario Superior Court Justice Marc Labrosse wrote in his 44-page decision.

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Ottawa residents remain pro-Trump Avenue

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It appears Donald Trump still has a home in Canada’s capital, even if he has departed Washington, D.C.

Earlier this year, residents on Trump Avenue, in Ottawa’s Central Park neighbourhood, put the possibility of changing the name of their street to a vote following the former president’s tumultuous time in office.

The neighbourhood has several streets named after icons of New York City and Trump was a famous real estate mogul before he was elected.

In order to change the name of a street, the city requires 50 per cent plus one of all households on that street to be in favour.

There are 62 houses on Trump Avenue, meaning at least 32 households would have had to vote to change the name.

The city councillor for the area, Riley Brockington, said Wednesday that 42 households voted and the neighbourhood was divided, 21 to 21. 

Without the required margin to enact the change, Brockington says the matter will not proceed any further. 

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