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BREAKING – Mark Carney says he won’t run for the Liberals if there is a fall election.

The former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England made the comment in an interview with the Canadian Press.

Mr. Carney, who had been seen as a likely candidate in the looming election, told CP he’s ruling out a bid to enter elected politics because he’s made a commitment to help organize the private financial sector in the run-up to the United Nations climate conference, scheduled to run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12.

Despite not running, Mr. Carney told CP he fully supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and is not ruling out a future run for office.

You can read the CP story on Mr. Carney here.

TODAY’S HEADLINES

BORDER OPENING – Canada will open its border to fully vaccinated, asymptomatic U.S. citizens and permanent residents for the first time in 16 months on Aug. 9, and then to vaccinated people across the world a few weeks later.

APPEAL FOR HELP FROM AFGHANISTAN – A former senior employee of the Canadian embassy in Afghanistan, who says he fled the country after he was attacked by Taliban insurgents, is now pleading with Canada’s federal government to help extricate his wife and three young children, who are stuck in Kabul. Meanwhile, an organization counting retired military officers and diplomats among its ranks is looking for volunteers to welcome and help integrate any former Afghan interpreters and their families who end up being evacuated to Canada.

COURSE CHANGE ON SMALL-BUSINESS PROGRAM- The federal government has reversed course on legislation that gives more generous tax treatment to small businesses, saying it no longer plans to delay the implementation date until next year.

SPY AGENCY WARNS OF INTERFERENCE IN CANADIAN ELECTION – Foreign state-sponsored actors will try to interfere in the next Canadian federal election but not on the scale of the campaign mounted against the United States, Canada’s electronic signals spy agency said on Friday. (Reuters)

GREENS BACK DOWN ON CHALLENGES TO LEADER – Federal Green Leader Annamie Paul called on her party to put its energies into seeking support in a looming federal election after a non-confidence vote and review of her membership were called off.

GG’S LACK OF FRENCH PROMPTS COMMISSIONER REVIEW – The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages says it will investigate the process for nominating governors general after receiving hundreds of complaints from Canadians upset that the newest nominee, Mary Simon, cannot speak French. From CBC.

WARNING OF EXTREMIST ACTIVITY – Online activity by right-wing extremists in Canada rose last year during the pandemic, despite efforts by governments and social media companies to curb extremism and hate speech, according to a new report. From CBC.

PRIME MINISTER’S DAY

Private meetings. In Hamilton, the Prime Minister delivers remarks to recognize Eid al-Adha. Later, he makes a housing announcement and holds a media availability. An interview with the Prime Minister will air on Global News Toronto.

LEADERS

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-François Blanchet – No schedule provided by Mr. Blanchet’s office

Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole – No schedule provided by Mr. O’Toole’s office.

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul – No schedule provided by Ms. Paul’s office.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh – No schedule provided by Mr. Singh’s office

OPINION

John Ibbitson (The Globe and Mail) on the possibility that Jagmeet Singh may be key to denying Justin Trudeau a majority in the next election:In every election, Liberals warn that supporting the NDP could split the progressive vote and elect Conservatives. That appeal often works. But if it is clear that the Conservatives are not going to win, progressives can support whoever appeals to them, and right now many find Mr. Singh appealing. The Liberals are confident of victory, and optimistic about their chances of securing a second majority government. The Conservatives are well funded and Mr. O’Toole is likely, at the very least, to solidify the core Tory vote of around 31 per cent. The NDP could make gains. And some or all of that could turn to dust, based on events, dear boy, events.”

Brian Dijkema (Contributor to The Globe and Mail) on why taxing today’s religious institutions because of residential-school horrors would be missing the point: “Put more accurately, some want to channel public disgust about the indignities suffered by Indigenous children at residential schools to revive their long-standing grievance with the property-tax exemptions for houses of worship, and with the federal government’s recognition of the “advancement of religion” as a legitimate charitable purpose. But this push ignores the fact that religion remains overall a public good.”

Anver Emon and Nadia Hasan (Contributors to the Globe and Mail) on government complicity in Islamophobia: “The reality is, as we show in our report, government-sponsored structural discrimination creates the conditions for a bureaucratic culture of Islamophobia to fester in the everyday, ordinary activities of government officials. We cannot hope to combat Islamophobia in this country as long as our own government enables it so overtly, without any oversight or appropriate checks and balances.”

Andrew MacDougall (Ottawa Citizen) on why smart politicians in the upcoming federal election will focus on face-to-face chats with voters: “What if we had an election and nobody followed it on Twitter? Just imagine it. An election free of arsey GIFs. Free of bots. Free of the poisonous and pointless partisan banter that passes for “debate” in 280-character bursts. You know, follow an election like they used to do it, way back in … 2006. It’s a proposition we in the Twitterati ought to test as the country gears up for the election for which the prime minister is now touring the country preparing the ground. And the people who ought to be first in line to test it are the politicians. How many voters has a politician ever persuaded on Twitter? Very few, considering it’s a platform that rewards preaching to your converted. And how many politicians have you come across on Twitter who have changed your opinion of them either during or in between elections? Zero, right? Because no platform that encourages instant and unfiltered emotion-driven takes to an audience who are already invested in you will ever represent someone’s best foot forward to a swing voter.”

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Totalenergies CEO says its decision to exit Petrocedeno not linked to politics – Reuters

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A general view of a logo on the TotalEnergies headquarters in the La Defense business district in Paris, France, July 28, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS, July 29 (Reuters) – TotalEnergies said on Thursday that the sale of its 30.3% stake in Petrocedeno was not linked to the political situation in Venezuela, its chief executive said.

Patrick Pouyanné was speaking during an analyst call.

Reporting by Benjamin Mallet. Editing by Jane Merriman

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Independent MP Derek Sloan hopes his new political party ‘excites’ Canadians about politics – Global News

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Independent MP for Hastings Lennox and Addington, Derek Sloan, has confirmed to Global News that he is in the process of trying to launch his own political party. The MP says it will be called the “True North” party, pending Elections Canada Approval.

“I think Canadians are disenfranchised with the current political landscape, and I’m hoping to excite Canadians about politics and about Canada and to really get people happy again about Canada and hopeful,” said Sloan.

A spokesperson for Elections Canada said that they are working to ensure all requirements under the Canada Elections Act are met, in order for Sloan’s party to become official.

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In the meantime, Sloan has been spending time outside of his riding during the pandemic, making a number of trips to Western Canada.

Sloan explained that his travels are necessary in order to promote his “movement” on a national scale.

“Right now I believe for the sake of our riding, I need to sort of boost the popularity of this movement across the country,” said Sloan.

Sloan became an independent MP earlier this year when he was removed from the Conservative Party of Canada.

Former conservative senator, Hugh Segal, says Sloan’s move to create a new party could negatively impact his former party.

“If he’ll be more to the right, he’ll obviously be taking some votes away from the Conservatives at that far right-winged edge in his constituency and other constituencies where there may be candidates for his new party,” said Segal.

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Liberal Mike Bossio lost his seat to Sloan last election, and will be trying to win it back during the upcoming election.

Bossio believes Sloan has become a polarizing figure in the riding due to his views (ranging from abortion and LGBQT2 issues, to COVID-19 and vaccines.)

“He has a very different worldview that he’s been sharing with Canadians. It’s certainly not a view that I share in any way, shape or form, I think that it’s a toxic and dangerous view,” said Bossio.

Sloan says while he’s starting to build momentum for his new party in Western Canada, his intention to run in his own riding has not changed.

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Jared Kushner to leave politics, launch investment firm – sources – Reuters

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U.S. White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, who accompanied an Israeli delegation, speaks during a visit to Rabat, Morocco December 22, 2020. Picture taken December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Shereen Talaat/File Photo

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – Jared Kushner, a top adviser to former President Donald Trump, plans to launch an investment firm in coming months, a move that will take him away from politics for the foreseeable future, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.

Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president’s senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami.

Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is also looking to open an office in Israel to pursue regional investments to connect Israel’s economy and India, North Africa and the Gulf, said two people briefed on the plan, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The sources had no details about potential investors and said the firm was still in the planning phase.

Kushner has spent the last six months with his family in Miami writing a book about his White House experiences that is expected to be published early next year.

Kushner helped broker deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco in a six-month flurry last year. He also helped negotiate a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Kushner remains close with his father-in-law, the sources said, but by re-entering the private sector he is stepping away from politics for the foreseeable future.

The Republican Party has been divided over the deadly attacks on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by Trump supporters, and Trump’s false claims that he beat Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Kushner and his family have been spending the summer as Trump’s next-door neighbor at Trump’s golf property in Bedminster, New Jersey.

People close to the former president say he is strongly considering another run for the Republican nomination in 2024.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Heather Timmons

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