L’Essentiel: The Week In Review – May 14, 2021
Our panel of journalists Catherine Lévesque (The Canadian Press), Althia Raj and Konrad Yakabuski (Le Devoir) discusses the reform of Bill 101 tabled in the National Assembly in Quebec, of the Ethics Commissioner who whitewashed the first Minister Justin Trudeau in the WE Charity affair, unlike his former finance minister, Bill Morneau and the decision of a majority of provinces to stop administering the AstraZeneca vaccine in the first dose.
Mediation is ongoing between the State of Michigan and the Enbridge oil company over the possible closure of Line 5 of the pipeline. Ottawa has decided to play the legal card, presenting a brief in a US federal court to prevent the closure, which would result in the possible loss of thousands of jobs in Canada. Meanwhile, the Governor of Michigan is threatening to seize Enbridge’s profits from the operation of the pipeline. We take stock with Carol Montreuil, vice-president of the Canadian Fuels Association.
Agathe Demarais, director of global forecasts for The Economist Intelligence Unit, discusses herd immunity in Canada to COVID-19 which could be achieved only in 2022, she said. She also discusses the speed of deconfinement in Europe, the devastation of the pandemic in India and the impact on global herd immunity and the responsibility of rich countries in distributing COVID-19 vaccines to underprivileged countries.