Morning Brief: “Eyes Wide Open” after the release of two Michaels

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The two Michaels are at home: Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor landed safely in Canada on Saturday morning after more than 1,000 days of detention in China. Prime Minister Trudeau greeted them both at the Calgary airport. Their sudden release came after the US Department of Justice struck a deal to allow Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to return home after being under house arrest in British Columbia.

According to the Canadian Ambassador to the United States, it was China that initiated the dialogue to release the two Michael during negotiations with the United States, due to the pressure it was under from Canada’s allies. . “I think the Chinese government decided that, you know, it was time to put this behind them and move on,” Kirsten Hillman told CTV News.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said Canada’s eyes are “wide open” for future relations with China, and Canada is under no illusions in terms of normalizing these relations.

Kady O’Malley is back with iPolitics AM: “While there is still no word on exactly when the 44th Parliament will meet for its inaugural meeting – although, as reported in iPolitics’ weekly precap, the same day that she officially dissolved the previous parliament, Governor General Mary May Simon issued a pro forma proclamation summoning members to the capital on October 18 – newly elected MPs can start preparing for their new responsibilities this week, thanks to the full guidance offered by the House of Commons.

Sajjan’s speculation: Speculation intensifies about Harjit Sajjan’s future as defense minister, as Prime Minister Trudeau prepares to appoint his new cabinet, Global News reports. Questions have reportedly been raised about the message his continued role might send.

The Canadian Press examines the fact that Canada’s only female defense minister (who later became Canada’s only female prime minister) held the post in 1993 – so perhaps in light of the scandals of sexual misconduct in the military, it’s time for a woman to take the lead again.

Greens lose to NDP in Nanaimo-Ladysmith: After days of suspense, Paul Manly, one of only two Green MPs in the House of Commons at the time of the dissolution, lost his seat in Nanaimo-Ladysmith to Lisa Marie Barron of the NDP. Now the only two Green Party MPs are former Leader Elizabeth May of Saanich-Gulf Islands and Mike Morris of Kitchener Center.

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AROUND THE WORLD

Germany voted – but we still do not know who will be the next chancellor. Germany’s center-left Social Democrats narrowly beat Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU-CSU union, but the two parties are now scrambling to try and form a coalition government – a process that could take weeks or weeks. month. Merkel, who is stepping down, will remain chancellor until one of them succeeds in forming a government.

This is the worst performance ever for the Conservatives, who won 24.1% of the vote against 25.7% for the center-left party. The latter party is led by Olaf Scholz, who was Merkel’s finance minister in the last coalition government. After an election dominated by climate change, the Greens made history with nearly 15% of the vote; they and the liberals will now play kingmakers.

Switzerland adopts same-sex marriage: Switzerland became the 30th country in the world (and one of the last in Europe) to adopt same-sex marriage after 64% of Swiss voters supported the measure in a national referendum. Same-sex couples will be able to marry by July, according to the justice minister.

Elsewhere in referendums, the European microstate of San Marino voted to legalize abortion in a referendum this weekend.

Dark scenes in Afghanistan: The Taliban said they would resume extreme punishments such as executions and amputations. To send the message home, they hung the bodies of four men in public squares in the town of Herat. They say the men were kidnappers who captured a businessman and his son. Local residents say a body was hung from a crane.

Meanwhile, in Helmand province, the Taliban have banned barbers from trimming beards.

“Europe has not recovered morally”: Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama told BBC News why his country is hosting thousands of Afghan refugees – and why he thinks the rest of Europe and NATO have let them down. “It is safe to say that since the great refugee crisis a few years ago, Europe has not recovered – it has not recovered morally, strategically, and it still suffers from the policy of rejection. to open the doors, ”he said.

Somewhere else: Five Palestinians killed in Israeli raid on activists in the West Bank. British gas stations are running dry and the military could be deployed to serve as truck drivers. Iceland misses Europe’s first female-majority parliament after recount. Spain has launched a new visa program for digital nomads in an attempt to revive its ghost towns. The U.S. infrastructure bill is expected to pass this week. Ghana is building a world-class WEB Du Bois museum complex. Sudan says it repelled an attempted “incursion” by Ethiopian troops into its territory. Theoneste Bagosora, architect of the Rwandan genocide, dies at the age of 80.

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