Roundup: Security warnings

The US House Intelligence Committee is warning that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is a threat to national security and wants Canada to “find other vendors,” even though Huawei is already doing work with companies like Telus and Bell here in Canada, and the report is apparently short on details. The Canadian government hints that Huawei won’t be allowed to bid on any secure government telecom network projects.

XL Foods says all of their problems are fixed and they should be able to reopen in a few days. But as Martin Patriquin notes, unless we start making some serious structural changes to the way we slaughter and process beef – by making it smaller scale – we can pretty much guarantee that this is going to happen again.

Hey, look – we’ve officially joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks! Let’s all begin a new round of supply management angst, everyone!

The Broadbent Institute has a new paper on income inequality, and among its suggestions is adding “social and economic rights” to the Charter. Broadbent himself said that growing income inequality makes for things like higher crime rates and teen pregnancy rates – err, except those are steadily declining and are at record lows compared to what they were like 30 years ago, when he says we had a “more equal society.” If those are metrics he’s trying to use to prove his point, well, he may want to try again.

The NDP came out with an online attack ad calling the Conservatives “lying liars.” Not that they’re lily white either, given their own members’ statements of late have consisted of untruths of their own, such as that the federal government controlling the price of gasoline (apparently through magic levers or phone calls to the Illuminati), or that we swear allegiance to the British Crown (which we most emphatically do not).

Stephen Harper and Pauline Marois will have their first meeting in the Congo at the Francophonie summit there, and apparently they’re not going to talk about domestic issues. Well then.

Maclean’s has a giant Justin Trudeau feature in the current issue. Here’s a video of some of the interview highlights. Here’s photographer Peter Bregg talking about photographing the Trudeau family for 40 years. Meanwhile, John Geddes looks at the perpetual hope machine that surrounds Mark Carney, despite him stamping any rumours down, if only because there are those in the party who want the image of economic competence that comes with him.

Here is your recap of last night’s political shows.

And amidst all of the handwringing about the state of Members’ Statements in the Commons, the incomparable Kady O’Malley digs up an old reform proposal that was never implemented, which may help to curb some of the partisan excess being demonstrated there currently.