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NDP MP Angus working with Minister Bennett to convince Pope to apologize for Catholic Church’s role in residential schools

By Abbas Rana      

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is currently in communication with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to fix a date for a meeting, says James Fitz-Morris, director of communications to the minister.

Pope Francis, NDP MPs Romeo Saganash, Charlie Angus, and Indigenous Crown Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. Mr. Angus and Mr. Saganash on May 1 introduced the motion which was passed in the House 269-10. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Eskinder Debebe photograph courtesy of the UN

NDP MP Charlie Angus is working behind the scenes with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and through diplomatic channels to reach out to the Vatican after the House passed a historic non-binding motion on May 1 requesting Pope Francis to come to Canada to apologize in person for the Catholic Church’s role in running the notorious Indian residential schools from the 1840s to 1996.

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Argentina, Chile, DRC, Hungary, and Madagascar say they backed Canada’s UN Security Council bid, but closest allies are silent

News|By Neil Moss
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand were among 17 countries that wouldn't comment on whether they backed Canada's recent bid for a Security Council seat.

Cultural assessments needed for sentencing reform, say advocates, amid calls to address high Black incarceration rates

Justice advocates agree with the Black Parliamentary Caucus’ recent call for pre-sentencing reports, similar to the Gladue reports for Indigenous offenders, to be used for racialized Canadians.

Canada needs to protect Arctic sovereignty to confront emboldened Putin, say MP and expert

News|By Neil Moss
Liberal MP John McKay says there will be 'incursions and intrusions and aggressive actions taken increasingly in the Arctic' by Russia.

New order granting diplomatic privileges to African Union officials a ‘positive step,’ say former diplomats

The timing of the new status order—coming days before countries, including the 55 AU member nations, voted on Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council seat—is notable, say former diplomats.

StatsCan to share monthly death data, says official

News|By Palak Mangat
'We will not be able to make a determination as to whether those deaths were the result of something, but other analysts might be able to look at those questions,' says Jeff Latimer of Statistics Canada.

Next Conservative leader must stop internal sniping before it becomes a ‘cancer’ that will destroy the party, say political insiders

News|By Abbas Rana
‘Unity is the way to go’ should be the marching orders from the new leadership to all Conservative Party members, says Keith Beardsley, former deputy chief to former prime minister Stephen Harper.

House staff say remote voting app could be ready by September

News|By Palak Mangat
Conservative MP Corey Tochor says the new application is the most expensive way to vote. A House official says the app has been developed using existing staff and budgets.

Stalled Liberal agenda awaits fall return of Parliament

The time is ripe for the Liberals to strike a deal on pharmacare, says former Liberal adviser John Delacourt.

Government spending tops $392-billion, and counting, for 2020-21

Spending by Employment and Social Development Canada has risen by $74-billion compared to last year.
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