Oil and gas border taxes and a vanishing deadline federal politics this

OTTAWA — Even as Ottawa was overrun with tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of two giant robots shaped like a dragon and a spider strolling through the capital this week, there were enough politicos left around Parliament Hill to natter for days about Rolling Stone.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau graced the magazine’s latest issue on Monday, and was gifted a gushing profile that compared him ever-so-positively to U.S. President Donald Trump.The heap of flattering international coverage of Trudeau has long prompted eye-rolling among opposition members, and the Rolling Stone version ramped that reaction up a notch.On a more material level, however, Trump’s administration and the Trudeau government actually saw eye to eye on a key development this week: the U.S. proposal for a border adjustment tax.The week was also notable for major news on how Canada is managing its natural resources, and how it may be mismanaging its military purchasing.Here are three ways politics touched Canadians this week:The dreaded BAT:Of all the alarming pronouncements made by the Trump administration since taking office, probably none has shaken Canadians’ confidence more than the threat of a border adjustment tax.The proposal would have taxed imports into the United States more heavily than domestic goods, with the dual purpose of encouraging production within America’s borders and building up some revenue to bring down U.S. domestic taxes in other areas.Now, the idea has been nixed –much to the relief of the federal government and business leaders. Even though most U.S.-watchers believed the tax didn’t stand much of a chance of ever becoming reality, the risk was high enough to prompt some jitters among people thinking of investing or expanding in Canada.The federal Liberals were quick to take some credit, pointing to all the lobbying they had done to make the point in Washington that the tax would hurt American consumers and was not worth pursuing. But there were many Americans, including Republicans, making the same argument.Oil, gas and the future:There were two major turns this week in Canada’s longstanding push to sell the world more of its oil and gas.First, Malaysia’s Petronas announced it was pulling out of a $36-billion liquified natural gas development in British Columbia. Both the Stephen Harper government and the Trudeau government had backed the massive Pacific NorthWest LNG project, with Trudeau arguing it was a prime example of socially responsible energy interests working to Canada’s benefit.The company blamed poor market conditions, while opposition critics in B.C. blamed government red tape.Then, the Supreme Court shut down seismic testing near the Clyde River community in Nunavut, but at the same time gave a green light to the expansion of the Line 9 pipeline in southwestern Ontario. The court used the two rulings to contrast how the National Energy Board could do things wrong (Clyde River) and do things right (Line 9) when it comes to thoroughly consulting with Indigenous Peoples.Taken together, the week’s developments show the world of investors that it might be possible — but certainly never easy — to develop and export oil and gas here.The case of the vanishing deadline:The federal government is in the midst of figuring out how to spend about $60 billion on new warships, what will likely be the largest planned military purchase in Canadian history and a project taxpayers will be financing for years and years.But deadlines for companies to have their proposals in for consideration have come and gone, and have not really been replaced. Experts worry it’s a sign of dysfunction behind the scenes, given Canada’s troubling and litigious history of procurement gone awry.The government says not to worry, there are plenty of signs that companies are ready and willing to participate in the competition and everything will unfold as planned.Construction on the new fleet is meant to begin between 2019 and 2021. The $60 billion is intended to pay for the building of 15 new ships to replace the navy’s frigates and destroyers. read more

Actor Idris Elba pleads for an end to stupid knife crime

The British actor Idris Elba has spoken out about the menace of knife crimeCredit:Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Jodie Chesney, 17, who was fatally stabbed in a park in Romford, east London on March 1, 2019 Knife crime has risen rapidly in Elba’s native London in recent years, resulting in the deaths of scores of young men across the capital. Idris Elba in the BBC series Luther Jodie Chesney, 17, who was fatally stabbed in a park in Romford, east London on March 1, 2019 His statement comes as Manuel Petrovic, 20, from Romford, was charged with the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in East London. Another man remains in custody in connection with the attack of the Girl Scout in Harold Hill, East London.Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Ayub Hassan, 17, in West Kensington, West London. A 17-year-old boy has been bailed pending further enquiries regarding the attack on the Somalian teenager that took place in broad daylight. Idris Elba in the BBC series LutherCredit:Des Willie/BBC The British actor Idris Elba has spoken out about the menace of knife crime Ayub Hassan who was named locally as the the 17 year-old boy that was stabbed in West Kensington and later died in hospital  Ayub Hassan who was named locally as the the 17 year-old boy that was stabbed in West Kensington and later died in hospital Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Entertainers, do me a favour man, put out similar videos, let’s try and put out something and say that we care for our communities. Stop the knife crime, please.” “Because you’re just going to stab your future if you go and stab someone else. You become a murderer, you go to prison, you ain’t got s***. For what? For some beef that lives within your community. You need to see past that.” Expressing the urgent need for a shift in attitude towards knife crime to come from the communities where youngsters are most likely to carry such weapons, he added: “Waiting for the police to do something isn’t a real solution, we cannot wait for that. We need to make noise in protest about the dumb stabbings, out of respect for the dead and to protect the living.” Elba, the star of the Luther television series, also posted a number of statistics alongside his impassioned plea for action, including claims there were more than 14,000 knife-related offences in London alone in 2017/18.He added: “We have to say something about it as well, entertainers that are out there, there’s young people that look up to us, man, we need to just vocalise this. Send a message out saying put the knives down. It’s dumb. It’s dumb.”We don’t need to be killing ourselves. We have so much more we can offer. And you’re going to kill your future, you’re going to kill someone else’s future, and it’s dumb. The actor Idris Elba has issued a passionate plea to young people carrying knives to stop making their communities “look stupid”.The 46-year-old television star who grew up in Hackney, East London, posted a video online urging those tempted to stab someone to instead turn the blade on themselves “because you’re stabbing your future”.As he called on other celebrities to speak out about “dumb stabbings,” he said there was an urgent need to “send a message out saying put the knives down”. In the clip he posted to his millions of followers on Instagram, he said: “Knife crime is not new. I grew up in the 80s and there was knife crime back then, between blacks and white, and now it’s definitely between young black men in small, tiny communities.”And it’s affecting everyone, we all look stupid. You look even more stupid, if you’ve got a knife, or you know someone that’s got a knife, tell them to stab themselves right now, trust me. read more