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Trudeau challenged over carbon pricing on 2nd day of town hall tour

Jan 13 2017 — Aaron Wherry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pressed to justify the implementation of a federal price on carbon during a town hall forum on the second day of his whirlwind outreach tour on Friday. At a public meeting in Peterborough, Ont., Trudeau was asked by a woman struggling to pay her bills, amid high hydro costs in […]

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Asked about Trump, Trudeau promises to stand for feminism and diversity

Jan 12 2017 — Aaron Wherry — While maintaining that his priority in dealing with the Donald Trump administration will be the Canadian economy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday night he would never shy away from proclaiming himself a feminist, defending immigration or extolling the contribution of Muslim Canadians. During a town hall forum in Belleville, Ont., Trudeau was asked about […]

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Kevin O’Leary tells well-heeled Conservatives in Florida he’s in

Jan 9 2017 — Aaron Wherry — Kevin O’Leary told a group of wealthy Canadians wintering in Florida last week that he will run for the Conservative leadership and enter the race as early as Jan. 19, CBC News has learned. The businessman and television personality denied suggesting such a date during an interview on CBC’s Power & Politics Monday, but acknowledged […]

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Stakes high for Trudeau as world’s last major progressive leader standing

Jan 4 2017 — Aaron Wherry — If the next 12 months seem particularly pivotal for Justin Trudeau’s leadership of Canada it’s because of what happened everywhere else in the year of Brexit and Donald Trump. A month to the day after Trump’s U.S. presidential victory, Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden came to Ottawa and anointed Justin Trudeau. “The world’s going to spend […]

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More than 2,700 Canadians applied to be senators

Dec 21 2016 — Aaron Wherry — The independent board that advised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a recent round of Senate appointments says 2,757 people applied to be senators when the Liberal government went looking to fill vacancies for seven provinces. Canadians were invited to apply when nominations were opened in July to fill 21 spots in the upper chamber. The […]

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Federal and provincial ministers play the percentages in health-care talks

Dec 20 2016 — Aaron Wherry — On her way into what would prove to be another inconclusive meeting about Canadian medicare, Jane Philpott felt it necessary to remind everyone that this isn’t about “percentages.” “What’s most important is the people,” the federal health minister explained. On this, if nothing else, there was agreement. “We will continue to stand up for Canadians […]

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Trudeau’s climate deal points the way to 2030 – with more arguing to come

Dec 10 2016 — Aaron Wherry — “We’re not there yet,” said Christy Clark, premier of British Columbia. Clark had appeared suddenly before reporters at about quarter to six on Friday evening, right around the time premiers and the prime minister had been expected to announce the sort of national plan on climate change that has eluded this country for nearly 30 […]

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‘A dating website designed by Fidel Castro’: Opposition blasts Liberal electoral reform survey

Dec 6 2016 — Aaron Wherry — Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef mocked the electoral reform committee’s final report last week, but several members returned the favour Monday after reviewing the government’s new online survey on the topic. Conservative MP Scott Reid said MyDemocracy.ca “feels like being on a dating website designed by Fidel Castro.” “No matter how hard someone tries to […]