Appealing to Canadians on ethnic or religious grounds is becoming less and less relevant, as cultures and races intermix in Canadian society.
Newly-independent MP Maxime Bernier, left, quit the Conservative caucus last week after putting himself at odds with Leader Andrew Scheer, right, with a series of Tweets about the supposed dangers of increasing cultural diversity in Canada. Mr. Scheer narrowly beat Mr. Bernier in the contest for the party leadership last year. The Hill Times file photograph
OTTAWA—Maxime Bernier’s surprise resignation last week will not put an end to a raucous Tory debate on identity politics.
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'It’s a question of the Crown and its relations with Indigenous people and chiefs. It’s not a question of getting their views to a parliamentary committee,' says Green parliamentary leader Elizabeth May.
Plus, the heritage minister says recommendations made by an expert broadcast review panel will be used to inform a forthcoming government bill, which he expects to table before the House rises this summer.
The three-member working group set up by the House Board of Internal Economy in 2019 to oversee Centre Block’s renovation was disbanded with the last Parliament, and discussions are now underway on its successor.