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Blaming ethnic, religious ‘divisive forces,’ and family reasons, former Tory MP Shory quits Conservative nomination contest in Calgary Skyview

By Abbas Rana      

If Independent MP Darshan Kang were not allowed to return to the Liberal caucus, former Trudeau adviser Jessie Chahal would likely seek the Liberal nomination in Calgary Skyview.

Former two-term Conservative MP Devinder Shory, right, pictured at a St. Patrick's Day party on the Hill in 2008 with Conservative MPs Kelly Block, left, Cathy McLeod, Steven Blaney, then Quebec Conservative Senator Suzanne Duplessis, staffer Nicholas Sachot, and Conservative MP Alice Wong. Mr. Shory withdrew his nomination bid in Calgary Skyview for family reasons and because of what he said were divisive ethnic and religious politics in the riding. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Munster

A former two-term Conservative MP says he withdrew his name from the June 16 Conservative nomination contest in Calgary Skyview for family reasons, but is also blaming some ethnic and religious “divisive forces” for trying to undermine his nomination bid.

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‘We’re past talk’: MPs call on feds to re-examine policies underpinning systemic racial inequities

News|By Beatrice Paez
'Breaking a Starbucks window is vandalism; getting tear gas in the face is violence. We must never confuse the two,' says NDP MP Matthew Green.

Don’t piss on our shoes and tell us Black lives matter

Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.

House suspension deal offers ‘insufficient’ scrutiny of feds’ spending amid COVID, say politicos

Four hours to study $87-billion in government spending is inadequate, says Liberal MP John McKay, calling it ‘short-term gain for a long-term pain.’

Parliamentary association chair defends Canada-China group as critics call for its suspension

News|By Neil Moss
'I think we do need to review the activities of the legislative association,' says Conservative MP and vice-chair Michael Cooper.

Feds extend mandatory face-covering rule to flight workers, weeks after requiring passengers

News|By Palak Mangat 3:01 PM ET
'I do agree that things need to be implemented as quickly as possible. We could've done this a lot sooner. The good news is that we’re doing it now and announcing it today,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

Team Lewis ‘punching above’ its weight in race for CPC leadership

‘Dr. Lewis has surprised many by getting this far,’ says campaign manager Steve Outhouse. ‘We’re looking to continue to surprise people right up to the end.’

Observers lament ‘sobering’ Torstar sale as new owners pledge to uphold ‘progressive nature’ of Canada’s largest newspaper

News|By Mike Lapointe
MPs, former Star journalists, and Torstar's soon-to-be new owners weigh in on the sale of Canada's largest daily newspaper, and what it says about progressive journalism in Canada.

Some MPs express concern over looming changes to disclosure of travel expenses

News|By Palak Mangat
'We saw this during the last election, where members and their designated travellers were singled out, targeted, and exploited for partisan gain,' says Conservative Whip Mark Strahl.

Canada should re-examine U.S. relations, ‘pursue its own future’ in face of Trump’s pandemic response, say foreign policy and trade experts

‘America is putting itself first, which is natural. Why shouldn’t we behave in the same way?’ says Carleton U’s David Carment. 
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