The National for Thursday February 16, 2017


ANTI-ISLAMPHOBIA MOTION IS FLOODED WITH HATE MAIL, EVEN DEATH THREATS.>>BE DONE WITH IT.>>Peter: TERRENCE McKENNA ON THE CHANGING POLITICAL CLIMATE IN GERMANY.>>THE THRESHOLD OF BRUTAL LANGUAGE, OF HATRED. ABSOLUTELY.>>Peter: READY, AIM, FIRE.>>President Donald Trump: I INHERITED A MESS. RUSSIA IS FAKE NEWS.>>Peter: A PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCE LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN.>>>PLUS MORE TRIBUTES FOR STUART McLEAN. A SIDE OF HIS CAREER YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN. [♪♪♪]>>>DONALD TRUMP ONCE SAID HE WOULD BE A DIFFERENT PRESIDENT THAN HE WAS CANDIDATE. TODAY, HE PROVED HE ISN’T. HE GAVE A SURPRISE NEWS CONFERENCE AND HE HAD NEWS, A NEW CABINET NOMINEE, AN UPDATE ABOUT REPLACING OBAMACARE, HE SPENT MOST OF THE 57 MINUTES, SLAMMING THE NEWS MEDIA. ACCUSING THEM OF LYING. THE TONE, HIS WORDS SPOKE RIGHT TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS. LEFT MANY OTHERS STUNNED. HERE IS LYNDSAY DUNCOMBE.>>Reporter: HE HAS NOT EVEN BEEN PRESIDENT A MONTH, WITH ALL THE THINGS HE HAS TO WORRY ABOUT, DONALD TRUMP SEEMS MOST CONCERNED WITH HOW HIS PRESIDENCY IS BEING COVERED.>>President Donald Trump: I TURN ON THE TV, OPEN THE NEWSPAPERS AND I SEE STORIES OF CHAOS. CHAOS. YET IT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS RUNNING LIKE A FINE-TUNED MACHINE.>>Reporter: ESPECIALLY BOTHERSOME FOR TRUMP, REPORTS OF HIS CAMPAIGN BEING LINKED TO RUSSIA.>>President Donald Trump: YOU CAN TALK ALL YOU WANT ABOUT RUSSIA, IT IS FAKE NEWS, A FABRICATED DEAL TO MAKE UP FOR THE LOCALS OF THE DEMOCRATS. THE PRESS PLAYS INTO IT. HE RAILED AGAINST LEAKS.>>President Donald Trump: HOW DOES THE PRESS GET THE INFORMATION THAT IS CLASSIFIED? HOW DO THEY DO IT? IT IS AN ILLEGAL PROCESS AND THE PRESS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE PEOPLE THAT GAVE OUT THE INFORMATION TO THE PRESS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. REALLY ASHAMED.>>Reporter: WHEN ASKED HOW NEWS COULD BE FAKE BUT LEAKS COULD BE REAL, HE ANSWERED…>>President Donald Trump: THE LEAKS ARE REAL. THE NEWS IS FAKE BECAUSE SO MUCH OF THE NEWS IS FAKE.>>Reporter: TRUMP DEFENDED HIS TRAVEL BAN. CLOSING THE BORDER TO REFUGEES AND PEOPLE FROM 7 MAJORITY MUSLIM COUNTRIES. HE SAID THE COURT THAT HALTED IT WAS IN TURMOIL.>>President Donald Trump: THE ONLY PROBLEM WE HAD, IS WE HAD A BAD COURT. A COURT THAT GAVE US WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE WITH GREAT RESPECT, A VERY BAD DECISION. BAD FOR THE SAFETY AND THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. THE ROLLOUT WAS PERFECT.>>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT FREQUENTLY MENTIONS THE CAMPAIGN, HILLARY CLINTON AND THE SIZE OF HIS VICTORY.>>President Donald Trump: I GUESS IT WAS THE BIGGEST ELECTORAL COLLEGE WIN SINCE RONALD REAGAN.>>Reporter: IT WASN’T. OBAMA, CLINTON HAD BIGGER MARGINS. A REPORTER POINTED THAT OUT.>>YOU PROVIDE INFORMATION THAT IS FAKE…>>President Donald Trump: I WAS GIVEN THE INFORMATION. I HAVE SEEN THE INFORMATION AROUND. IT WAS A VERY SUBSTANTIAL VICTORY. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?>>Reporter: YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT.>>Reporter: TRUMP INSULTED CNN.>>VERY FAKE NEWS.>>Reporter: SINGLED OUT REPORTERS.>>President Donald Trump: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?>>CBC.>>President Donald Trump: HERE IS ANOTHER BEAUTY. AND PRAISED THE QUESTIONS HE LIKED.>>President Donald Trump: WHAT I CALLED A NICE QUESTION.>>Reporter: A REPORT ASKED A SOFT BALL QUESTION ABOUT HIS WIFE.>>President Donald Trump: I WILL WATCH.>>Reporter: TRUMP SAID HE WAS HAVING FUN.>>President Donald Trump: TOMORROW THEY WILL SAY, DONALD TRUMP AND RANTS AND RAVES AT THE PRESS. I AM TELLING YOU, YOU ARE DISHONEST. I AM NOT RANTING AND RAVING.>>Reporter: FOR ANYONE SKEPTICAL OF DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY SO FAR, THIS PERFORMANCE WON’T HELP. BUT TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE ANOTHER STORY, THE GUY THEY SAW TODAY, UNPREDICTABLE, COMBATIVE, INSULTING IS THE GUY THEY WARMED TO IN THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. IT WAS CALLED THE MOST EFFECTIVE PRESS CONFERENCE HE HAS EVER SEEN. CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Peter: AFTER BEING ASKED REPEATEDLY BY REPORTERS WHETHER HIS CAMPAIGN AIDES OR ANYONE ADVISING HIS CAMPAIGN HAD COMMUNICATED WITH RUSSIA DURING THE ELECTION, TRUMP FINALLY ANSWERED, NOBODY THAT I KNOW OF. HE ALSO SAID HE CONDONED HIS NOW FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR’S PHONE CALL WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR DURING THE TRANSITION IN WHICH MICHAEL FLYNN DISCUSSED U.S. SANCTIONS AGAINST MOSCOW.>>President Donald Trump: MIKE WAS DOING HIS JOB. HE WAS CALLING COUNTRIES. AND HIS COUNTERPARTS. IT CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE BEEN OKAY WITH ME IF HE DID IT. I WOULD HAVE DIRECTED HIM TO DO IT IF I THOUGHT HE WAS NOT DOING IT. I DIDN’T DIRECT HIM. I WOULD HAVE DIRECTED HIM. THAT IS HIS JOB.>>Peter: TRUMP SAID HE FIRED FLYNN BECAUSE HE MISLED THE VICE PRESIDENT ABOUT THE CONTENTS OF THE CALL. THE WASHINGTON POST TONIGHT IS REPORTING THAT FLYNN ALSO LIED TO THE F.B.I. ABOUT IT. AND LYING TO THE F.B.I. IS A FELONY. BY THE WAY, THE MAN TRUMP TAPPED TO SUCCEED FLYNN HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SAID NO THANKS TODAY.>>>AT ONE POINT, TRUMP SAID THE GREATEST THING HE COULD DO IS SHOOT A RUSSIAN SHIP IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS OFF THE U.S. EAST COAST RIGHT OUT OF THE WATER. HIS CABINET IS TAKING A BIT MORE OF A MEASURED APPROACH TO RUSSIA. THOMAS DAIGLE EXPLAINS.>>Reporter: OFF THE PLANE AND INTO THE FIRE. ON HIS FIRST TRIP ABROAD AS U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, REX TILLERSON DOVE INTO HIS COUNTRY’S ROCKY RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA.>>WE DO NOT SEE EYE-TO-EYE, THE UNITED STATES WILL STAND UP WITH THE INTEREST AND VALUES OF AMERICA AND HER ALLIES.>>Reporter: AT THE G-20 SUMMIT IN GERMANY, HE MET WITH THE RUSSIAN COUNTERPART LAVROV. THE HIGHEST LEVEL FACE-TO-FACE TALKS BETWEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE KREMLIN. THEY SWORE THERE WOULD BE NO DISCUSSION HERE ABOUT U.S. SANCTIONS ON MOSCOW. NOR ON ANY TURMOIL IN WASHINGTON.>>THEY SHOULD KNOW…>>Reporter: MEANWHILE, IN BRUSSELS, TRUMP’S DEFENCE SECRETARY WAS LEADING HIS FIRST MEETING OF THE COALITION FIGHTING ISIS. A BATTLE TRUMP HAS SAID RUSSIA COULD HELP WITH. JUST NOT YET WARNED JAMES MATTIS.>>WE ARE NOT IN A POSITION RIGHT NOW TO COLLABORATE ON A MILITARY LEVEL.>>Reporter: NOT WITH A COUNTRY THAT DEPLOYED A BANNED MISSILE AND SENT THE SPY VESSEL TO PATROL OFF THE COAST OF CONNECTICUT. TODAY, SPEAKING AT RUSSIA’S SPY AGENCY, VLADIMIR PUTIN OFFERED NO EXPLANATION FOR THAT. BUT DID SAY THIS. IT IS IN EVERYONE’S INTEREST TO RESUME DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES OF THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER MEMBERS OF NATO. BUILDING THE BRIDGES COULD BE TOUGHER THAN THOUGHT. TRUMP SAID IT HIMSELF TODAY. AND BLAMED HIS FAVOURITE TARGET, THE MEDIA.>>President Donald Trump: THE FALSE, HORRIBLE FAKE REPORTING MAKES IT MUCH HARDER TO MAKE A DEAL WITH RUSSIA.>>Reporter: IT MAY NOT BE WHAT PUTIN EXPECTED. FOR HIM, THE SECOND BEST THING TO A SUBMISSIVE AMERICA IS A CHAOTIC ONE, SAYS THIS KREMLIN WATCHER.>>Interview: IN THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION, THE COHERENCE.>>Reporter: STRANGE BEDFELLOWS, YES. UNITED, PERHAPS, ONLY IN THEIR UNPREDICTABILITY.>>Peter: UNPREDICTABILITY IN THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE ESTABLISHMENT OR AMONG ITS POLITICAL MASTERS IS DEFINITELY NOT GOOD NEWS FOR CANADA’S DEFENCE COMMUNITY. IT RELIES HEAVILY ON ITS SOUTHERN COUNTERPARTS. SO A HIGH LEVEL U.S. REASSURANCE TODAY WAS LIKELY WELCOME. EVEN IF SOME MAY WORRY THEY REASSURED TOO MUCH. MURRAY BREWSTER EXPLAINS.>>Reporter: THE INTRIGUE AND TURMOIL AROUND THE LEAKS OF MICHAEL FLYNN’S CONVERSATIONS WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. HAS A POTENTIAL IMPACT IN THIS COUNTRY. ALL OF IT MAKES PEOPLE IN CANADA’S DEFENCE SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES NERVOUS. BUT TODAY IN OTTAWA, A CALM REASSURING VOICE.>>THERE IS TRULY NO CLOSER RELATIONSHIP THAN THE ONE BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES.>>Reporter: THE U.S. AND CANADA HAVE SHARED AIR DEFENCE OVER NORTH AMERICA FOR 6 DECADES. AND SHE WENT OUT OF HER WAY SEVERAL TIMES TO REASSURE THE AUDIENCE.>>THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA MAINTAIN ONE OF THE STRONGEST PARTNERSHIPS KNOWN TO MANKIND.>>Reporter: IT IS DEFINITELY AN UNEQUAL PARTNERSHIP. CANADA IS HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON THE U.S. FOR DEFENCE AND INTELLIGENCE. THIS COUNTRY GETS MORE SECURITY INFORMATION FROM THE U.S. THAN IT GIVES. IT WAS THE AMERICANS WHO TIPPED OFF THE R.C.M.P. TO THE PRESENCE OF CANADIAN NAVY SPY JEFFREY DELISLE. AS WELL AS AN ISIS INSPIRED TERROR PLOT LAST SUMMER. EXPERTS WORRY THE FINGER POINTING IN WASHINGTON COULD MAKE THE U.S. AGENCIES CLAM UP.>>Interview: PEOPLE ARE CALLING THIS AN INTELLIGENCE WAR IN WASHINGTON. BAD NEWS FOR CANADA ON MANY FRONTS.>>Reporter: IN PARTICULAR, IT COULD BE BAD NEWS FOR CANADIAN OFFICIALS WHO WANT TO BE KEPT IN THE LOOP ABOUT RUSSIA’S GLOBAL INTENTIONS. UNDER DONALD TRUMP, U.S. INTELLIGENCE MAY BE RELUCTANT TO SHARE THE INSIGHT. BEING IN THE DARK MAY FORCE CANADA TO RETHINK WHETHER IT NEEDS A FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE AS MUCH AS. .>>IF THE UNITED STATES STARTS TO RESTRICT ACCESS AND DAMAGE THE COMFORTABLE ASSUMPTIONS WE LIVE WITH, WE WILL HAVE TO RESPOND.>>Reporter: THE PUBLIC SAFETY MINISTER WOULD NOT COMMENT DIRECTLY TODAY ON ALL THE TURMOIL. HE DID SAY THAT THE INTELLIGENCE SHARING NATIONS WILL MEET LATER THIS YEAR. HE SAID THERE HAS BEEN NOTHING IN EXCHANGE WITH THE U.S. THUS FAR TO SET OFF ALARM BELLS.>>Peter: THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS SEEMED TO CORRECT HER BOSS TODAY OVER HER CONDITION’S POSITION ON THE ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. NIKKI HALEY TOLD THE SECURITY COUNCIL THE U.S. ABSOLUTELY SUPPORTS A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. BUT YESTERDAY, STANDING BESIDE ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER, DONALD TRUMP WAS LESS CERTAIN.>>President Donald Trump: I THOUGHT FOR A WHILE THE TWO-STATE LOOKED LIKE IT MAY BE THE EASIER OF THE TWO. BUT HONESTLY, IF BIBI, IF ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS ARE HAPPY, I AM HAPPY WITH THE ONE THEY LIKE THE BEST.>>Peter: ACCORDING TO THE AMBASSADOR ANYONE WHO BELIEVED THE U.S. WAS DUMPING THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION WAS IN ERROR.>>>THE WHITE HOUSE ABANDONED THE LEGAL BATTLE TO UPHOLD THE CONTROVERSIAL IMMIGRATION BAN, INSTEAD, DONALD TRUMP SAID HE WILL ACCOMPLISH THE GOAL BY SIGNING A NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER NEXT WEEK. THAT MIGHT HAVE GIVEN EVEN MORE IMPETUS TO A SERIES OF ALREADY PLANNED PROTESTS. IN CITIES ACROSS MUCH OF THE U.S., IMMIGRANTS, BOTH LEGAL AND ILLEGAL, TOOK THE DAY OFF WORK. THEIR POINT WAS TO SHOW HOW IMPORTANT THEIR LABOUR IS TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND EXPRESS THEIR OBJECTION TO THE STANCE OF THE ADMINISTRATION ON IMMIGRATION.>>THERE ARE INSULTS AND SLURS AND EVEN DEATH THREATS. AN ONTARIO M.P. SAID SHE FEARS FOR HER SAFETY AFTER RECEIVING 50,000 MESSAGES FROM CANADIANS, MANY OF THEM HATE FILLED. THE SOURCE OF THE ANGER, BEING AIMED AT HER, IS THAT MOTION WE TOLD YOU ABOUT LAST NIGHT. CALLING ON PARLIAMENT TO CONDEMN ISLAMPHOBIA. IQRA KHALID BROUGHT IT FORWARD. WHAT YOU WILL HEAR HER READ IN THE STORY FROM THE MESSAGES IS BRUTAL AND IT IS GRAPHIC, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO HEAR IT. CATHERINE CULLEN HAS THE STORY.>>THE TERRORISTS [INDISCERNIBLE] DISGUSTING HUMAN BEING.>>Reporter: THAT IS A THREATENING MESSAGE SHE GOT SINCE SHE INTRODUCED A MOTION CONDEMNING ISLAMPHOBIA. HERE ARE SOME MORE.>>KILL HER AND BE DONE WITH IT. I AGREE SHE IS HERE TO KILL US. SHE IS SICK. SHE NEEDS TO BE DEPORTED. WE WILL BURN DOWN YOUR MOSQUE. YOU CAMEL HUMPING TERRORIST INCUBATOR BLANK. SHOOT THIS BLANK.>>Reporter: THE COMMENTS ARE PROOF ISLAMPHOBIA IS REAL. PUT FORWARD A NON-BINDING MOTION IN DECEMBER WHICH HAS BECOME AN INCREASINGLY POLITICALLY CHARGED PARTISAN ISSUE. THE PART THAT ATTRACTED SO MUCH ATTENTION CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO “CONDEMN ISLAMPHOBIA AND ALL FORMS OF SYSTEMIC RACISM AND RELIGION DISCRIMINATION.” AND HAVE THE HERITAGE COMMITTEE DEVELOP AN APPROACH TO STOPPING IT. CERTAINLY THERE WAS WIDESPREAD CONDEMNATION OF THE THREATS SHE RECEIVED AND HORROR AT THE KILLING OF 6 MEN IN A QUEBEC CITY MOSQUE.>>ALL YOU HAVE SPOKEN OUT ABOUT YOUR CONCERNS…>>Reporter: THERE IS GROWING PUSH BACK ABOUT THE MOTION AT THIS PROTEST IN TORONTO. SOME FEAR THE RESOLUTION COULD LEAD TO CRIMINALIZING ANYONE WHO CRITICIZING ISLAM. EVEN THOUGH THE MOTION IS JUST A STATEMENT OF OPINION AND WILL NOT CHANGE ANY LAWS. OPPONENTS ALSO QUESTION THE MEANING OF THE WORD ISLAMPHOBIA.>>IS IT NOT FAIR TO SAY THAT THERE MIGHT BE SOME CONCERN ABOUT THE TERM? THAT DOES NOT THEN MEAN PEOPLE ARE ZDENOPHOBIC OR RACIST.>>I AM AAFRAID THAT ISIS MAY RAPE ME, IS THAT ISLAMPHOBIA.>>Reporter: THE CONSERVATIVES PUT FORWARD A MOTION TO CONDEMN ALL RELIGION INTOLERANCE WITHOUT ISLAMPHOBIA IN IT. EVEN IF SWITCHING OUT THE WORD FOR ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT IS SOMETHING THE PARTIES MAY AGREE ON, THE LIBERALS ARE NOT INTERESTED.>>IT DOESN’T MEAN BECAUSE YOU ARE IN THE USING THE TERM THAT ACTUALLY IT DOESN’T EXIST. BASICALLY BY NOT USING THE TERM, YOU ARE CONSIDERABLING TO THE PROBLEM.>>Reporter: THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT INTOLERANCE. THE LIBERALS ARE ALSO TRYING TO SCORE SOME PARTISAN POINTS HERE.>>MEANWHILE WHAT IS HAPPENING WITHIN THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY IS THAT THERE IS SOME LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES THAT HAVE BEEN DOING FUNDRAISING BASED ON THE FACT OF NOT — HAS BEEN RALLYING SUPPORT BECAUSE OF IT. THIS IS AN ISSUE.>>Reporter: AND THE LIBERALS ARE WELL AWARE THAT DRAWING A SHARP CONTRAST BETWEEN THEM AND THE CONSERVATIVES ON IDENTITY POLITICS HELPED THEM WIN THE LAST ELECTION. CATHERINE CULLEN, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA. [♪♪♪]>>Peter: COMING UP, >>A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW AND THINK SHE IS RACIST AND XENOPHOBIC AND PROUD OF IT.>>Interview: I DON’T CARE.>>Reporter: IN GERMANY, TALKING TO POLITICIANS WHO MAY BE POISED FOR POWER.>>>THE PRIME MINISTER IS IN GERMANY TONIGHT, SET TO MEET WITH ANGELA MERKEL TOMORROW. ME ADDRESSED THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TODAY ON A THEME IMPORTANT TO MANY CANADIANS, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW. DAVID COCHRANE IS COVERING JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S TRIP.>>Reporter: JUSTIN TRUDEAU USED HIS VISIT TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AS AT A SALES PITCH FOR FREE TRADE. HE CALLED THE CETA AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND EUROPE THE MOST PROGRESSIVE TRADE DEAL IN HISTORY. BUT WITH THAT PRAISE, CAME A WARNING.>>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL, CETA WILL BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR ALL AMBITIOUS FUTURE TRADE DEALS. IF WE ARE NOT, THIS COULD WELL BE ONE OF THE LAST.>>Reporter: THE EU PARLIAMENT VOTED TO APPROVE CETA JUST YESTERDAY BY A VOTE OF ABOUT 58%. SOME STILL NEED CONVINCING. AND THAT’S WHY TRUDEAU IS HERE.>>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN MANY PEOPLE ARE WORRIED THAT THE CURRENT SYSTEM ONLY BENEFIT SOCIETY’S LUCKIEST FEW. THEIR CONCERN IS VALID.>>Reporter: THE CONCERNS HAVE HELPED SPARK A SURGE OF RIGHT WING POPULISM ACROSS EUROPE. CANADA AND EUROPE ARE DETERMINED TO SHOW THAT CETA IS THE SOLUTION TO MIDDLE CLASS PROBLEMS, RATHER THAN THE CAUSE. BUT EUROPE ALSO WANTS CANADA’S HELP IN DEALING WITH ANOTHER FORCE OF PROTECTIONISM. NAMELY DONALD TRUMP.>>President Donald Trump: AND KEEP WEALTH ON OUR CONTINENT.>>Reporter: TRUDEAU SHOWED THE WORLD THAT HE COULD FIND COMMON GROUND WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NOW, THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT SAYS CANADA CAN ACT AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE CONTINENTS.>>THE RELATIONS BETWEEN EUROPE AND CANADA ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR PAVING THE WAY FOR A BETTER RELATION BETWEEN EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.>>Reporter: FOR HIS PART, TRUDEAU THOUGHT TO REASSURE EUROPE THAT TRUMP CAN BE WORKED WITH.>>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: WHAT I SAW FROM THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT WAS A FOCUS ON GETTING THINGS DONE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED HIM AND WHO BELIEVE IN HIM WHILE DEMONSTRATING THAT GOOD RELATIONS WITH ONE’S NEIGHBOURS IS A GREAT WAY OF GETTING THINGS DONE.>>Reporter: JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS IN BERLIN TONIGHT WHERE HE HAD A PRIVATE DINNER WITH GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL. THEY HAVE A FORMAL MEETING SET FOR TOMORROW WHERE THEY WERE EXPECTED TO DISCUSS KEY ISSUES IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AS WELL AS DEFENCE AND SECURITY. GIVEN THE PRIME MINISTER’S VISIT TO WASHINGTON ON MONDAY, IT IS A SAFE BET THE CHANCELLOR WILL WANT TRUDEAU’S IMPRESSIONS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH DONALD TRUMP.>>Peter: ISIS HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN ATTACK IN A SHRINE IN PAKISTAN. 75 PEOPLE DIED. 20 WOMEN AND 9 CHILDREN. THE SHRINE IS WELL KNOWN AS A PLACE OF WORSHIP FOR ADHERENCE OF THE SHIA BRANCH OF ISLAM. ISIS BELIEVES IN AN EXTREMIST FORM OF SUNNI ISLAM AND HAS OFTEN ATTACKED SHIA TARGETS.>>>THERE WAS A CASE OF TRIPLE MURDER THAT SHOCKED THE COUNTRY. THE VICTIM A 5-YEAR-OLD BOY AND HIS GRANDPARENTS. TODAY AFTER WEEKS OF DISTURBING TESTIMONY, A VERDICT. GUILTY ON ALL THREE COUNTS. DOUGLAS GARLAND NOW AWAITS HIS SENTENCE. CAROLYN DUNNE REPORTS.>>Reporter: THIS MAY HAVE BEEN THE LAST ACT OF FREEDOM DOUGLAS GARLAND WILL EXPERIENCE IN HIS LIFE. HE WAS SNEAKING BACK ON THE FARM TO DESTROY EVIDENCE RIGHT BEFORE HE WAS ARRESTED FOR MURDER. IT WAS ONE PIECE OF AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT LED A JURY TO CONVICT DOUGLAS GARLAND OF THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER, ONE COUNT FOR EACH OF THE LIVES FOR ALVIN LIKNES AND KATHY LIKENES AND THEIR GRANDSON.>>IT WAS GRAPHIC, TOUGH. COMPLICATED EVIDENCE. WE FED THEM DIFFERENT AREAS OF EXPERTISE FROM DNA TO BLOOD STAIN PATTERN ANALYSIS.>>Reporter: THE CROWN SAID GARLAND WAS MOTIVATED BY A GRUDGE OVER A SOUR BUSINESS DEAL THAT FESTERED FOR YEARS. HE ATTACKED THE LIKNESES IN THEIR HOME IN 2014. YOUNG NATHAN HAPPENED TO BE THERE HAVING A SLEEP OVER. A TRUCK WAS SPOTTED LEAVING THE AREA HOURS LATER. THE CROWN BELIEVES ALL THREE WERE ALIVE BUT RESTRAINED IN THE BACK OF THAT TRUCK. POLICE FOUND GRISLY EVIDENCE ON THE FARM. A HIDER HARD DRIVE SEARCHES. DNA FROM ALL THREE VICTIMS ON THE PROPERTY. INCLUDING A PAIR OF RUBBER BOOTS WITH GARLAND’S DNA ON THE INSIDE AND THE VICTIMS’ DNA ON THE HOUSE. THERE WERE BONE AND TEETH FRAGMENTS IN THE ASH. DOUGLAS GARLAND HAD NO REACTION WHEN THE VERDICT WAS READ. THE DEFENCE TEAM WAS DISAPPOINTED. THEY THOUGHT THEY MADE A CASE FOR REASONABLE DOUBT. THE JURY DISAGREED.>>Interview: IT IS A HARD CASE FOR THE JURY TO THINK ABOUT WHEN THEY ARE DEALING WITH A YOUNG FAMILY AND A CHILD. EVERYBODY APPRECIATES THAT.>>Reporter: TOMORROW, THE JUSTICE WILL SENTENCE GARRLAND. 57-YEAR-OLD DOUGLAS GARLAND COULD FACE UP TO 75 YEARS IN PRISON. CAROLYN DUNNE, CBC NEWS, CALGARY.>>Peter: ANOTHER MESSY WINTER STORM IS HAMMERING ATLANTIC CANADA JUST TWO DAYS AFTER THE REGION WAS HIT BY A RECORD-BREAKING BLIZZARD. THE LATEST SYSTEM BROUGHT A NASTY MIX OF SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN TO NOVA SCOTIA, P.E.I. AND NEW BRUNSWICK AND NEWFOUNDLAND’S AVALON PENINSULA. IN THE HARDEST HIT AREAS, PEOPLE WERE TOLD TO STAY OFF THE ROADS AND SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES WERE CLOSED.>>>LAST NIGHT’S SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE PASSING OF STUART McLEAN MEANT DELAYING PART TWO OF THE DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON IMMIGRATION. FOR “AT ISSUE” WATCHERS IT WAS EARLIER THIS WEEK. IT AND REX WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK. A QUICK BREAK AND THEN THE SPECIAL McKENNA DOCUMENTARY.>>I JUST WANT TO HAVE A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE, TO STUDY, TO SLEEP.>>Peter: THE COMPASSION TO HELP WAR-TORN REFUGEES VERSUS THE FEAR OF A MASS INFLUX OF NEWCOMERS. GERMANY’S RESPONSE TO THE MIGRANT CRISIS IS 30 TIMES CANADA’S. THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT IS FACING A BACKLASH NOW. THE PRIME MINISTER MEETS CHANCELLOR MERKEL TOMORROW, HER COUNTRY IS BEING TORN APART BY THE POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION.>>Reporter: EUROPE’S MOST POWERFUL LEADER IS LOSING POLITICAL FRANK AND COULD FACE A LOSS IN THE ELECTION. HUGE CROWDS HAVE PROTESTED AGAINST HER REFUGEE POLICY. AND A NEW ANTI-IMMIGRANT POLITICAL PARTY IS SURGING IN POPULARITY. ECHOING THE U.S. PRESIDENT.>>DRAIN THE SWAMP.>>Reporter: HOW DID THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR GOT INTO THE MESS. IT STARTED 18 MONTHS AGO. IN THE EARLY SUMMER OF 2015, THE WAR IN SYRIA GENERATED AN EXODUS OF BIBLICAL PROPORTION. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES FLOODED ACROSS THE SEA TO GREECE AND STARTED TO WALK TO CENTRAL EUROPE. MANY SAID THEY WERE HEADED TO EUROPE’S RICHEST COUNTRY, GERMANY, WHERE SOME EVEN HAD RELATIVES. GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL SPOKE ABOUT FOSTERING A WELCOME CULTURE IN HER COUNTRY. SHE SEEMED UNCERTAIN ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE THE APPROACHING CRISIS. SHE APPEARED ON A TOWN HALL TV PROGRAM ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND ENCOUNTERED A PALESTINIAN GIRL WHOSE FAMILY WAS NOT ACCEPTED AS REFUGEES. AT FIRST, MERKEL TOOK A HARD LINE ABOUT GERMANY NOT HAVING ROOM FOR ALL REFUGEES. THEN SHE WAS CLEARLY MOVED WHEN THE GIRL STARTED TO CRY. THE CHANCELLOR WAS OBVIOUSLY TORN BY HER CONFLICTING INSTINCTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. IN HER OFFICES IN GERMANY, THERE WERE EMERGENCY LATE-NIGHT MEETINGS, THE ESTIMATED SCALE OF THE WAVE OF REFUGEES KEPT GROWING. STEFAN MYER IS A KEY ALLY OF ANGELA MERKEL AND THE GOVERNING COALITION.>>Interview: WE DIDN’T EXPECT SUCH AN INFLUX IN THE BEGINNING OF 2015, THE EXPECTATIONS WERE TO RECEIVE ABOUT 300,000 REFUGEES IN TOTAL. IN 2015, AND THEN IN THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST, THE NEW FOCUS WAS 800,000 AND I HAVE TO ADMIT, THIS WAS REALLY ASHTONISHING.>>Reporter: THEY REJECT NOTIONS THAT THE REFUGEE CRISIS CAME AS A SURPRISE TO HER. THE CONSERVATIVE HISTORIAN AND SENIOR EDITOR OF THE VELT NEWSPAPER.>>Interview: SHE WAS ILL PREPARED AND SO WAS THE GOVERNMENT. THE FEDERAL POLICE HAD WARNED A YEAR BEFORE OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AFTER THE WAR IN SYRIA STARTED IN 2011. THERE WAS NO SURPRISE. BUT SHE WAS SURPRISED. AND THEN SHE PANICKED. AND WE LOST CONTROL. AND SHE PUT A FRIENDLY FACE ON IT AND CALLED IT A WELCOME COUNTRY. THE REST OF THE NATION SAID OH, FOR GOD SAKE, WE DON’T BUY THAT.>>Reporter: IN AUGUST OF 2015, REFUGEES ARRIVING IN GERMANY WERE BUSED TO SPECIAL SHELTERS SPRINKLED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE FIRST RESISTANCE BEGAN TO APPEAR. VIOLENT, ANTI-IMMIGRANT PROTESTS BEGAN. GANGS OF YOUNG MEN BLOCKING THE ROAD. SEVERAL REFUGEE SHELTERS WERE SET ON FIRE. NEONAZI GROUPS WERE ACCUSED OF THE ARSON.>>Interview: SUDDENLY THESE IMAGES ARE A SHAME FOR GERMANY.>>Reporter: ANGELA MERKEL WAS SHOCKED BY THE VIOLENT ANTI-IMMIGRANT PROTESTS. ON AUGUST 26TH, 2015, TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE VICTIMS, SHE MADE A VISIT TO A REFUGEE SHELTER THAT HAD BEEN ATTACKED. SHE WAS LOUDLY BOOED. SOME SCREAMED THAT SHE WAS A TRAITOR. THE INCIDENT SEEMED TO REDOUBLE HER DETERMINATION TO WELCOME REFUGEES.>>Interview: I KNOW ABOUT THE SCENE. IF YOU ARE CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY OR PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, YOUR EMOTIONS HAVE TO BE UNDER CONTROL. YOU CANNOT BE GUIDED BY YOUR EMOTIONS.>>Reporter: YOU THINK THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED WITH HER?>>Interview: SHE IS A CONTROL FREAK. IN THIS CASE, SHE DID NOT CONTROL THE SITUATION. NOR DID SHE CONTROL HER EMOTIONS.>>Reporter: ON AUGUST 27TH, THE DAY AFTER THE INCIDENT, A TRUCK WAS FOUND JUST OFF THE AUSTRIAN AUTO BOND HEADED FOR GERMANY. INSIDE, WERE 75 DEAD REFUGEES WHO SMOTHERED BEING SMUGGLED ACROSS EUROPEAN BORDERS. ON AUGUST 30TH, WITH A THE PHOTOGRAPH OF 3-YEAR-OLD REFUGEE ALAN KURDI WATCHED UP ON THE BEACH IN TURKEY. THE IMAGES AND EVENTS MADE A BIG IMPRESSION ON ANGELA MERKEL. SHE MARCHED INTO HER END OF SUMMER PRESS CONFERENCE AND MADE HER HISTORIC PRONOUNCEMENT ON THE REFUGEE ISSUE. SHE BEGAN WITH A DENUNCIATION OF THE ANTI-IMMIGRANT DEMONSTRATOR IN GERMANY. THEN THE CHANCELLOR UTTERED HER LANDMARK DECLARATION. WE CAN DO THIS. IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS, MERKEL OPENED GERMANY’S BORDERS TO AN ESTIMATED 850,000 REFUGEES. THIS WOMAN IS AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION POLITICIAN IN THE EAST GERMAN CITY OF DRESDEN THAT WAS A HOTBED OF RESISTANCE TO THE REFUGEE POLICY. WHEN ANGELA MERKEL SAID WE CAN DO THIS, WHAT WAS YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT?>>Interview: WHO IS WE? WHO IS WE? SHE WAS THE ONE WHO MADE THIS DECISION TO OPEN OUR BORDERS ILLEGALLY AND NOW, SHE PUTS RESPONSIBILITY TO US, TO US THE PEOPLE. WE DIDN’T DECIDE THAT.>>THERE IS NO EXTRA PLACES.>>Reporter: OF ALL THE SYRIAN REFUGEES WHO CAME TO GERMANY IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, ONE IN PARTICULAR PLAYED A KEY ROLE. HIS NAME IS MORAD. HE WAS STUDYING ENGLISH AT DAMASCUS UNIVERSITY WHEN THE SYRIAN CRISIS BEGAN AND DECIDED HE HAD TO LEAD HIS TWO SISTERS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS TO SAFETY AS ISIS CLOSED IN ON THEIR VILLAGE IN NORTHERN SYRIA. HIS FATHER WAS WORRIED HIS SISTERS WOULD BE RAPED.>>Interview: MY FATHER DECIDED YOU WANT TO GO TO TRAVEL, TAKE YOUR SISTERS WITH YOU. I SAID, YEAH, WE CAN DO IT.>>Reporter: FLEEING ISIS, THEY MADE THEIR WAY FROM NORTHERN SYRIA OVER THE BORDER INTO TURKEY. AND EVENTUALLY TO THE COASTAL CITY OF IZMIR. THERE THEY PAID A SMUGGLER $1,200 A PERSON FOR A PLACE ON A PLASTIC INFLATABLE DINGHY. THEY SET OFF AT NIGHT IN A BOAT LIKE THIS FOR A 12 HOUR VOYAGE. THE SEAS SOON BECAME ROUGH.>>Interview: WE HAVE A LOT OF — WE TRIED TO GET IT OUT WITH PLASTIC BUCKETS. AND OUR SHOES.>>Reporter: YOU WERE BAILING WITH YOUR SHOES?>>Interview: YES. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT. WE SAID IF WE DON’T DO IT, WE WILL DIE HERE. THEY WERE ALL PRAYING. WE GOT HELP.>>Reporter: WHEN THE SINKING BOAT CAME TO THE COAST, THEY WERE SAVED BY THE COAST GUARD. FROM GREECE, THEY MADE THEIR WAY NORTH TO SERBIA AND INTO HUNGARY, THEY REACHED THE TRAIN STATION IN BUDAPEST. AT THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER, 2015, THE BUDAPEST TRAIN STATION WAS A REFUGEE CAMP. THEY REFUSED THEM TO BOARD TRAINS TO CENTRAL EUROPE. DESPERATE MIGRANTS PILED UP ON THE TRAIN PLATFORM. IZEZ AND HIS FRIENDS HAD AN IDEA. IF THERE WERE NO TRAINS, THEY COULD WALK THE 90 KILOMETRES TO THE AUSTRIAN BORDER. HE GOT HOLD OF A LOUD SPEAKER AND CONVINCED MANY PEOPLE TO JOIN THEM.>>Interview: WE SAID THERE ARE NO TRAINS TO GO TO AUSTRIA OR GERMANY. WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING ELSE. WE CAN GO AND WALK TOGETHER. NOBODY CAN STOP US. THE NEXT DAY WE COLLECTED ALL THE PEOPLE, 4,000 PEOPLE, ALL WALKING. AND WE JUST WALKED.>>Reporter: WORD HAD PASSED THAT MERKEL’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT GERMANY WOULD WELCOME REFUGEES. HE SET OFF ON THE MARCH CARRYING A LARGE PICTURE OF HER.>>Interview: SHE IS NOW LIKE MY MOTHER HEAD BECAUSE THE MOTHER DOES SOMETHING IN ORDER TO HELP HER KIDS TO CARRY THEM AND FORGETS ABOUT HERSELF. SHE DID THE SAME. SHE OPENED THE DOOR FOR US.>>Reporter: THEY MARCHED ACROSS HUNGARY IN THE SYRIAN SUMMER HEAT.>>Interview: THE HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT WAS VERY BAD WITH US. BUT THE PEOPLE WERE GOOD WITH US. THEY BROUGHT US A LOT OF FOOD AND DRINKS.>>Reporter: EVENTUALLY THE HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT PROVIDED BUSES TO TRANSPORT THE REFUGEES TO THE AUSTRIAN BORDER.>>Interview: THE REFUGEES, COME TO US, WE WILL HELP YOU. IT WAS LIKE A PARADISE.>>Reporter: WHEN THE REFUGEES MADE IT TO GERMANY FINALLY, THEY WERE MET AT THE TRAIN STATION BY LARGE CROWDS OF PEOPLE WITH SIGNS OF WELCOME.>>Interview: IT WAS VERY NICE.>>Reporter: JUST AS HE MADE IT TO GERMANY, REBELLION AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT WAS ABOUT TO EXPLODE. WHEN ANGELA MERKEL SAID WE CAN DO THIS, MANY GERMANS SAID NO, WE CANNOT. THE STRONGEST RESISTANCE TO THE MERKEL REFUGEE POLICY BEGAN HERE IN THE EASTERN GERMAN CITY OF DRESDEN. THE DEMONSTRATIONS THAT POPPED UP WERE ORGANIZED BY A GROUP, PATRIOTIC EUROPEANS AGAINST THE ISLAMIZATION OF THE WEST. THE PROTESTS WERE HELD WEEKLY AND SOMETIMES ATTRACTED UP TO 40,000 PEOPLE. ABOUT 200,000 GERMANS REPORTEDLY JOINED THE FACEBOOK GROUP. TATIANA WAS ONE OF THE LEADING VOICES.>>Interview: I FEAR ISLAMIZATION. WE SEE IN MANY PARTS OF GERMANY, WE SEE ISLAMIZED REGIONS.>>Reporter: YOU FEEL THEY ARE TAKING OVER?>>Interview: YEAH, YES, YES. BECAUSE WE ARE SO WEAK AND THEY ARE SO STRONG. THEY ARE SO VIOLENT. YEAH, WE ARE THINKERS AND WE ARE ARGUING AND WE HAVE LOGICAL — >>Reporter: A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW AND THINK SHE IS RACIST AND XENOPHOBIC AND PROUD OF IT.>>I DON’T CARE. IF THIS IS RACISM IN THE OPINION OF GREEN OR LEFTIST, I DON’T KNOW, NO BORDER, NO NATION — I DON’T CARE.>>Reporter: THE MOVEMENT HAS BEEN MOSTLY CONFINED TO THE FORMER EAST GERMANY. WHICH HISTORICALLY HAD VERY FEW IMMIGRANTS. THE REGION HAS STRUGGLED ECONOMICALLY IN THE 26 YEARS SINCE GERMAN REUNIFICATION. NOW, THE SUPPORTERS HAVE FLOODED INTO A NEW ANTI-IMMIGRANT POLITICAL PARTY. ALTERNATIVE FOR GERMANY. THE PARTY’S CHARISMATIC LEADER IS A FORMER EAST GERMAN CHEMIST WHO DID HER POSTGRADUATE WORK IN BRITAIN. IN THE LAST MID-TERM ELECTION, THE PARTY ASTONISHED OBSERVERS BY MAKING STRONG GAINS, EVEN IN ANGELA MERKEL’S HOME CONSTITUENCY. IN A CONTROVERSIAL INTERVIEW WHEN THE GERMAN CRISIS BROKE OUT IN 2015, SHE INSISTED THAT GERMAN BORDER GUARDS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO USE THEIR WEAPONS TO STOP MIGRANTS FROM ILLEGALLY CROSSING INTO THE COUNTRY. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT GERMAN BORDER GUARDS USING WEAPONS AGAINST REFUGEES. ARE YOU TRYING TO SEND THEM A MESSAGE, DON’T COME HERE, YOU MAY BE SHOT, WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THAT?>>Interview: IF YOU READ THE INTERVIEW, I WAS ASKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES TO SECURE THE GERMAN BORDER. I CITED A GERMAN LAW… ALLOWS THE USE OF WEAPONS. A SCANDAL WAS CREATED FROM IT. IF YOU CANNOT CITE THE LAWS, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.>>Reporter: ARE YOU APPEALING TO THE XENOPHOBIC PEOPLE?>>Interview: WHAT DO YOU MEAN?>>Reporter: HATE FOREIGNERS. YOU SAY THERE SHOULD BE NO MUSLIM VEILED WOMEN.>>Interview: WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?>>Reporter: I WORRY YOU ARE ENCOURAGING ISLAMPHOBIA. DO YOU REJECT THAT?>>Interview: HOW COME YOU THINK THAT? WE TALK ABOUT RELIGION, WE THINK WE SHOULD OPENLY — DISCUSS OPENLY. I THINK — THE DISCUSSION, WE WILL HAVE TO HAVE THE DISCUSSION. WE HAVE SEEN PROBLEMS COLLECTED TO RELIGION BACKGROUND.>>Reporter: WHEN WE COUPLE BACK, ALTERNATIVE FOR GERMANY GETS A BOOST FROM THE ELECT>>THEY HAVE NOW BEEN ACCEPTED AS REFUGEES TO GERMANY. HE HAD 16 MONTHS OF LANGUAGE LESSONS. HE SAID HE NOW SPEAKS GERMAN, BETTER THAN HE SPEAKS ENGLISH.>>GOOD.>>OKAY.>>Reporter: HE ATTENDS SPECIAL JOB FAIRS FOR REFUGEES AND MAJOR GERMAN COMPANIES ARE RECRUITING NEW WORKERS. HE HOPES TO FIND A JOB IN THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECTOR. SEVERAL MAJOR EVENTS HAVE SET BACK THE CAUSE OF REFUGEES IN GERMANY. FIRST, THERE WERE THE NEW YEAR’S EVE SEXUAL ATTACKS ON WOMEN DURING CELEBRATIONS IN COLOGNE AND SEVERAL OTHER GERMAN CITIES. THOSE ARRESTED WERE MOSTLY NORTH AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN IN EUROPE FOR YEARS. RECENT REFUGEES WERE WIDELY BLAMED. THEN THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE BERLIN CHRISTMAS MARKET. THE MAN RESPONSIBLE WAS A TUNISIAN WHO HAD BEEN IN EUROPE FOR YEARS. BUT AGAIN, THE INCIDENT WAS BLAMED ON ANGELA MERKEL’S REFUGEE POLICY. THE ALTERNATIVE FOR GERMANY REFERRED TO THE BERLIN VICTIMS AS MERKEL’S DEAD AND CLAIMS THAT REFUGEES WERE BRINGING ISIS-SPONSORED TERRORISM.>>THEY TOLD US THAT WE ARE TERRORISTS. ACTUALLY, I AM A VICTIM OF ISIS. I AM A NORMAL PERSON. I JUST WANT TO HAVE A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE, TO STUDY, TO SLEEP.>>Reporter: ANOTHER BOOST FOR THE ANTI-MUSLIM ALTERNATIVE FOR GERMANY CAME WITH THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP IN THE UNITED STATES.>>WE SEE AT LEAST IN ROUGH PICTURES WHAT HAPPENED, WE SEE MANY OF THE REASONS WHY PEOPLE FOR TRUMP…>>Reporter: HAS THE TRUMP VICTORY HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN EUROPEAN POLITICS?>>Interview: CERTAINLY. IT BECOMES ACCEPTABLE. WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE IN SOCIETY HAS CHANGED.>>Reporter: YOU ARE SAYING THE THRESHOLD HAS BEEN LOWERED.>>Interview: THE THRESHOLD OF BRUTAL LANGUAGE, OF HATRED, ABSOLUTELY.>>Reporter: THAT HAS AN AFFECT HERE?>>Interview: WELL, IF IT HAPPENS IN AMERICA, IT CAN EASILY HAPPEN HERE.>>Reporter: GERMAN OPINION POLLS SHOW A DECLINE IN POPULARITY FOR ANGELA MERKEL, THE POPULOUS ALTERNATIVE FOR GERMANY PARTY IS GAINING GROUND QUICKLY. AND WILL LIKELY HAVE A STRONG REPRESENTATION IN THE NEXT PARLIAMENT. ABOUT 20% OF THE SEATS. IN JANUARY, ALL THE RIGHT WING EUROPEAN ANTI-IMMIGRANT PARTIES MET. THEY ALL PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP AND NOW FEEL THE TIDE OF HISTORY IS ON THEIR SIDE. TERRANCE McKENNA, CBC NEWS, BERLIN.>>Peter: WHEN WE COME BACK, AS THE TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR STUART McLEAN. SOME ARTISTS FEEL THEY OWE HIM AN EXTRA THANK YOU.>>YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, WELL, THEY ARE DOWNSTAIRS WATCHING “LETHAL WEAPON 3” AND THEY ARE ALL…>>Peter: THROUGH HIS STORY-TELLING AND HUMOUR, STUART McLEAN HAD A PROFOUND WAY OF CONNECTING WITH CANADIANS. AND TODAY, THEY ARE SHARING STORIES ABOUT THE CBC RADIO HOST, AND THE IMPACT HE HAD ON THEIR LIVES. AMONG THOSE PAYING TRIBUTE, MUSICIANS WHO CREDIT McLEAN WITH LAUNCHING THEIR CAREERS. HERE IS HAVARD GOULD. [♪♪♪] ♪ ♪ DREAMERS WHO CAN’T REMEMBER WHY THEY CAME ♪♪ >>Reporter: MELISSA McLELLAN WHEN THEY HEARD STUART McLEAN DIED, THEY SAT DOWN AND SANG ONE OF HIS FAVOURITES FROM WHEN THEY TOURED WITH HIM. STUART McLEAN ENCOURAGED THEM TO FORM WHITEHORSE AND HELPED LAUNCH IT ON ONE OF HIS CROSS CANADA TOURS. IN AN INDUSTRY WHERE SOME CAN’T BEAR SHARING THE SPOTLIGHT, THEY KNEW HIM AS GENEROUS.>>Interview: STUART WAS DOING FAVOURS FOR RECORD LABELS OR THIS OR THAT. HE WAS REALLY SEARCHING OUT RAW TALENT IN CANADA. AND REALLY TRYING TO GIVE THOSE ARTISTS AN OPPORTUNITY.>>Interview: I THINK IT MADE HIM PROUD THAT… LOOK AT US, WE ARE ONE BIG TEAM. ♪ ♪ YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE.>>Reporter: THE GOOD LOVELIES, WORKING ON THE 6th FULL LENGTH ALBUM, SEE THE EXPOSURE AND SUPPORT FROM STUART McLEAN, GAVE THEM A BOOST WHEN THEY NEEDED IT MOST.>>Interview: PEOPLE STARTED TO WRITE US E-MAILS AND HEAR US FROM ACROSS CANADA. WE HAD BARELY GONE ON THE TOUR YET.>>IT CHALLENGED US TO BE OUR VERY BEST. HIS SHOW WAS HIS SHOW. IT WAS ALSO OUR SHOW TOO. HE REALLY WANTED TO GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE OUR BEST IN FRONT OF ALL THESE FOLKS.>>Reporter: McLEAN ALWAYS SCOUTING FOR TALENT FOUND THEM. BUT GETTING ON THE VINYL CAFE WAS JUST THE BEGINNING. FOR McLEAN COACHED, ADVISED, HELPED WHEN HE COULD.>>Interview: HE ENCOURAGED US TO AIM HIGHER, BE BETTER, BE BIGGER.>>Reporter: WHICH MAKES HIS LOSS EVEN LARGER. HAVARD GOULD, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Peter: WHEN WE RETURN, CELEBRATING A DECADE’S OLD MOMENT IN MUSIC THAT STILL IS RELEVANT TODAY.>>FIRST, TIME FOR THE BUSINESS NUMBERS. THE TSX GAINED 19 POINTS. CONTINUING ITS RECORD-BREAKING STREAK. THE CANADIAN DOLLAR FELL SLIGHTLY. IN NEW YORK, THE DOW ALSO REACHED ANOTHER RECORD HIGH. AND THE PRICE OF OIL WAS UP $0.25 A BARREL. [♪♪♪]>>Peter: AFTER 50 YEARS IN MUSIC, PINK FLOYD ANNOUNCED A CAREER SPANNING RETROSPECULATIVE. AN EXHIBITION THAT OPENS IN LONDON THIS MAY. IT INCLUDES ELEMENTS FROM THE HUGELY INFLUENTIAL 1979 WORK “THE WALL.” THE TOPIC VERY MUCH ON THEIR MINDS TODAY IS CO-FOUNDER’S NICK MASON AND ROGER WATERS SPOKE OUT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP’S PLANNED BORDER WALL WITH MEXICO. CALLING IT COUNTER PRODUCTIVE AND SADLY REMINISCENT OF THE BERLIN WALL.>>>THAT’S “THE NATIONAL” THIS THURSDAY NIGHT. FOR NEWS AT ANY HOUR, YOU CAN ALWAYS GO TO OUR WEBSITE, CBCNEWS.CA. I’M PETER MANSBRIDGE. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. [♪♪♪]

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