Canada and World Full Headlines for August 19

Published on August 20, 2020 by

On Wednesday’s episode of Global National: The Canadian government has released thousands of pages of internal records, linked to the cancelled WE Charity contract. Abigail Bimman explains why the Conservatives are accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of a coverup, what the heavily redacted documents reveal and what questions remain unanswered.

An RCMP statement says the force is “examining” the federal government’s now-cancelled contract with WE Charity. Mercedes Stephenson explains why. Plus, she looks at how proroguing Parliament takes the heat off Trudeau and the risk the government could be brought down.

Also, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has inherited a disastrous economy as she takes on her new duties as finance minister following Bill Morneau’s resignation. David Akin looks at the challenges Freeland faces.

Turning to U.S. politics, California Sen. Kamala Harris is poised to make history at the Democratic National Convention in Delaware, when she is expected to accept her nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 election. Jackson Proskow explains how Democrats including Harris, and even some Republicans, are on a mission to make Biden the next U.S. president.

A wildfire raging in British Columbia’s Okanagan has put thousands of people under an evacuation alert. Aaron McArthur is near Penticton to explain why the Christie Mountain fire is difficult for crews to fight.

And Alberta is at odds with Ottawa’s latest plan for a “green economic recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic, as the province tries to attract investment in coal mining. Heather Yourex-West explains.

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