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Jean Chrétien chides Justin Trudeau over slow efforts to free the two Michaels

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Jean Chretien in Brampton, Ont., Sept. 14, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Politics Insider for Oct. 25, 2021: The Liberals get called out; Jason Kenney’s in trouble; and Alberta’s new mayors talk shop

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Jean Chrétien has told the CBC the Trudeau government should have moved earlier to free the two Michaels: “We lost three years. That is a problem, they stayed in jail for three years. So, I thought at the beginning that they should have moved earlier.”

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney suggested in mid-2019 that Chrétien be sent to China to help resolve the crisis sparked by the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada in late 2018. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested in China a few hours later.

Chrétien said at the time he was willing to go, and was reported in June 2019 to have floated the idea of Trudeau intervening to cancel Meng’s case — his former chief of staff Eddie Goldenberg later made the case plainly in the Globe and Mail, calling for “a prisoner exchange.”

Chrétien made the comments in an interview promoting his new book, My Stories, My Times, Vol. 2, which comes out tomorrow.

Economic warning: In an interview with CTV, Chrétien warned about high levels of government spending.

“We’re printing money like crazy,” he said. Asked if that worried him, he said “yes.”

“We’re moving into a dark alley, but we’ll have to go to the end of the alley.”

Till Tuesday: Susan Delcaourt, in the Star, has a thoughtful column on what to watch for tomorrow when Trudeau appoints his post-election cabinet.

Will it be a cabinet designed to tackle big things like climate change, Indigenous reconciliation and the shape of the post-pandemic future? Or will it be mainly a human-resources exercise of promotions, demotions and lateral moves? Much of the speculation has been focused on the latter: who Trudeau intends to put into problem departments such as defence, and which of the current ministers and MPs are due for a step up or a step out. Trudeau has given few signs, either during the election campaign or afterward, that he is making any big shifts in business as usual.

Change at DND: In the Post, Matt Gurney writes that it was reasonable for Trudeau to take a break after the election, but that’s over and it’s time for him to appoint a new defence minister to do something about the problem of sexual misconduct in the military.

We need one, clearly. It’s long overdue. But there’s no reason to delay tackling this problem for even another day — frankly, we’ve delayed too much already. The prime minister can’t fix the long-festering issues of sexual misconduct in the military overnight, and it would be silly to pretend he could. But he can fix the problem right at the top — immediately.

If you missed it last August, check out Marie-Danielle Smith‘s investigation in Maclean’s, The War Inside the Military.

Kenney looks doomed: How bad does it look for Jason Kenney? Philippe J. Fournier, in Maclean’s, breaks it down.

In this Léger poll, satisfaction towards the federal government’s handling of the pandemic stands at 52 per cent in the province. You read this right: Roughly twice as many Alberta voters are satisfied with the federal Liberals than with the UCP. Even taking into account the poll’s uncertainty, these are eye-popping numbers. And Léger is no outlier: in its latest round of Premier approval, the Angus Reid Institute measured similar damning results for Jason Kenney.

Amateur hour: Speaking of struggling conservatives, Chantal Hebert has a sharply observed column in the Star taking note of Kenney’s troubles and those of Erin O’Toole, who looks to be getting dragged into a “lose-lose fight” over mandatory vaccination on the Hill. Worse still, she writes, the incoherence also extends to the economy.

And here again, the Conservative team seems bent on making Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland look like the adults in the room, for partly lost in the controversy over the Conservatives’ reluctance to comply with mandatory vaccinations was their amateurish approach to the inflation debate. As my colleague Heather Scoffield noted in a column earlier this week, it is ridiculous for the Conservatives to pretend that Trudeau is responsible for rising inflation rates.

If that is what O’Toole and his shadow cabinet really believe, then they are out to lunch. If it is not, then they are taking voters for fools. The allegation only serves to diminish the Official Opposition’s credibility. The fact that the Conservative attacks are backed by conspiracy theories peddled by MP Pierre Poilievre about the Bank of Canada compounds the damage.

Real risk: In the Globe, Andrew Coyne takes a look at the real risk of inflation, and concludes that we should not panic, yet.

The extraordinarily loose fiscal and monetary policies pursued over the past 18 months may not have ignited inflation while the economy was flat on its back, and held there by government-ordered lockdowns. But now that the lockdowns have been lifted, and the economy is recovering, there is real risk of an inflationary blow-off. Escaping that fate will require reductions in both the government’s issuance of debt and the Bank of Canada’s purchases of it. Fortunately, both seem to be in the works. The federal deficit has already been cut, from $335-billion last year to a projected $138-billion in fiscal 2022, and it seems to be heading lower, especially after this week’s decision to discontinue the main pandemic aid programs.

New mayors: In Maclean’s, Jason Markusoff has a lively interview with the new mayors of Calgary and Edmonton,  Jyoti Gondek and Amarjeet Sohi, who have interesting things to say about the progressive p0litical direction of urban Alberta.

Justice for Soliman: Walied Soliman, who chaired Erin O’Toole’s election campaign, has won a $500,000 defamation award against a “news commentator” who used social media sites to accuse Soliman of being a terrorism supporter, the Citizen reports.

Leans right: Twitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets, especially in Canada, the Guardian reports.

According to a 27-page research document, Twitter found a “statistically significant difference favouring the political right wing” in all the countries except Germany. Under the research, a value of 0% meant tweets reached the same number of users on the algorithm-tailored timeline as on its chronological counterpart, whereas a value of 100% meant tweets achieved double the reach. On this basis, the most powerful discrepancy between right and left was in Canada (Liberals 43%; Conservatives 167%), followed by the U.K. (Labour 112%; Conservatives 176%). Even excluding top government officials, the results were similar, the document said.

$5 bad, $25 good: In the Vancouver Sun, Vaughan Palmer has another column on the NDP government’s plan to impose a $25 fee on access-to-info applications, noting that Murray Rankin deplored such fees, when he was an MP.

Back when the two of them were serving as NDP MPs in the federal parliament, Rankin denounced Ottawa’s $5 application fee “as a tollgate on the public’s right to know.” “Access to information sounds like a good idea when one is in Opposition and can use it as a tool, but when in government, it is expensive and it is a pain,” added Rankin, never thinking how those words might be thrown back at him when he was on the other side of the government-Opposition divide at the provincial level.

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“Love & Marriage Huntsville” Reunion Exclusive: Guess Which Question Makes Melody Mad Enough To Exit The Set?!

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“Love & Marriage Huntsville” Reunion Exclusive: Guess Which Question Makes Melody Mad Enough To Exit The Set?!

We may be all out of regular episodes of “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” but the season is far from done.

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In a first-look clip from Saturday’s upcoming “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” reunion, the cast is nervous to learn show creator and producer Carlos King is hosting since he “knows where the bodies are buried.” The silence is deafening as Melody is questioned about her past and Martell fesses up when asked about the other woman.

Check out the first look below:

It’s definitely not just Mel and Martell in the hot seat this time around. Looks like Kimmi and Maurice are under a microscope too. And Marsau!

Maurice and Kimmi Scott at the

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Did you hear all the talk about fans clamoring for Tiffany and Louis to be fired from the show?

Louis and Tiffany Whitlaw on the

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Do you think this might be a one and done for them? Do you want it to be?

Latisha and Marsau Scott on the

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Any thoughts on Latisha demanding respect for her marriage — when her mom has to be theeeee MOST disrespectful person on the entire show? Y’all peeped Ms. Wanda is making an appearance too right?

Melody Holt at the

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Poor Melody seems like she’s at the end of her rope. Do you think she’s ready to call it quits on the show? We don’t really see this being something they can do without her.

Martell Holt on the

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SMH @ Martell with that big grin on his face. If there was ever a reality TV villain who loved placing blame on everyone BUT himself, he would be that guy.

Carlos King on the

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Are you ready for this 3 part reunion? Part 1 of the “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” reunion airs Saturday, December 4 at 9PM EST.

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Hailee Steinfeld Smolders In Black Jumpsuit For The 2021 Fashion Awards In London

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The ‘Hawkeye’ actress was absolutely gorgeous, as she attended the London award show, which honors those who have made a great impact to the world of fashion.

What better place to show off a killer outfit than London’s Fashion awards? While many people dressed to the nines for the ceremony, Hailee Steinfeld showed off a sexy black jumpsuit for the ceremony on Monday November 29. The 24-year-old Hawkeye star rocked the one-piece, which looked like it was made of either leather or latex, with a simple white spotted design all over it to the ceremony.

Hailee Steinfeld stuns in black at the Fashion Awards. (Matt Baron / Shutterstock)

The open-backed jumpsuit was the totality of Hailee’s amazing outfit. Other than the catsuit, she rocked a pair of black high heels and accessorized with some simple earrings. While teh black outfit may have stolen the show, Hailee still looked naturally stunning, as she walked the red carpet for the event, which also had stars like Kate Beckinsale, Dua Lipa, and Kris Jenner as guests.

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Hailee showed off the backside of her gorgeous jumpsuit. (Matt Baron / Shutterstock)

The jumpsuit is only the latest great outfit that the True Grit actress has worn to a red carpet event. She’s worn tons of sexy  outfits to premiere events for her latest role in the Disney+ series Hawkeye. She sported a Christmas-appropriate mini dress to the Marvel show’s London premiere on November 11. Hailee also rocked a bandeau crop top with a high-waisted skirt to the series’ premiere. She also went for an all-white look, as she dyed her hair bleach blonde and wore a mini-dress fit for a queen to the 2021 Met Gala on September 14.

Of course, Hailey’s eye-catching looks aren’t just reserved for the red carpet! She also posed in a gorgeous, glimmering rhinestone bikini for Cosmopolitan‘s December/January cover. She also spoke about getting her role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the cover story interview. “I hadn’t gotten a ‘you got the job’ call in a minute. My mom was on the phone and I started crying in the back seat of the car. I was like, ‘Wow, this is so wild,’” she said.

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Post Modern: 6 Collaborations That Proved Virgil Abloh’s Creativity Was One Of A Kind

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Post Modern: 6 Collaborations That Proved Virgil Abloh’s Creativity Was One Of A Kind

Lets take a look at some of the dopest collaborations Virgil Abloh left behind that not only proved it’s possible, but showcased his incredible mind.

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Yesterday, the world was stunned when news broke that Virgil Abloh passed after losing his private battle with a rare heart cancer. Virgil is one of the few we can honestly say made every second of his life count and did everything he could while he was here. You name it, V designed it. From sneakers to water bottles, it didn’t matter—he believed you could give a creative take that resonated with any collaboration.

To celebrate the legacy he left behind, let’s review some of Virgil’s most iconic collaborations.

6. Virgil Abloh X IKEA

Virgil’s IKEA collaberation was one of the most sought after collabs he worked on and had fans camping outside of their local IKEA hoping to snag just one product in the launch. From clocks, to chairs, and even rugs, there was something for everyone and the price point was pocket friendly.

5. Virgil Abloh x Moët & Chandon

Alot of Virgil’s work was simplistic but also elevated the product to new heights, making them must haves for the culture. One of his simple yet stunning designs came by way of him redesigning a Moët bottle with “DO NOT DROP”. Not only did you instantly know it was design by Virgil, but in the club, it made a statement being your hand.

4. Virgil Abloh x OFF–WHITE x Nike “The Ten”

After Kanye West joined Adidas, the brand keep the momentum going rallying behind the Ultra Boost model and collaborations with other musicians like Pharrell. Nike, for the first time, wasn’t the biggest brand, that title belonged to Adidas.

However, once Nike announced ‘The Ten’ collection designed by Virgil, they immediately had the hype and brand back in the top spot. Nowadays, these sneakers sell for up to 50x the original value and will continue to go up with the news of Virgil’s passing.

3.  Virgil Abloh x Evian Water

Virgil teamed up with Evian Water to give his take on their classic water bottle and while small in scale, the water bottles flew off shelves regardless. He did a simplistic take with “Make A Rainbow” on the packaging.

2.  Virgil Abloh x Mercedes Benz

When it was revealed Virgil would be designing a car for Mercedes Benz, we all instantly knew the price would be outrageous, but we still wanted to see exactly what would Virgil create. Instead of going right, Virgil went left and turned the G-Wagon into a rally car completely lowered to the ground. Virgil and Mercedes are still scheduled to unviel an electric car next week on December 1st.

1.  Virgil Abloh x Jacob & Co.

Virgil partnered with iconic jewler Jacob & Company to reimagine office supplies as high end jewerly. The collection took paper clips, iced them out, and made necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for those who love out of the box ideas.

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