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Justin Trudeau touts budget’s ‘meaningful’ investments

Mar 23 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is highlighting his government’s “meaningful” investments in skills training, child care and affordable housing as he fends off criticism that the Liberals’ second budget was a tepid, hold-the-line plan. Trudeau travelled to Toronto Thursday and used a visit to George Brown College to highlight promised investments in skills and training, which […]

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial Castro tribute left bureaucrats scrambling

Mar 11 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Justin Trudeau’s praise of Fidel Castro after the Cuban leader’s death left bureaucrats scrambling to counter the criticism sparked by the prime minister’s comments, documents show. The foreign affairs department, the privy council office and the prime minister’s office were all involved in drafting public statements to dampen the reaction stirred by Trudeau’s warm tribute […]

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Canada’s military gets new senior commander

Mar 6 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Canada’s military has a new second-in-command to take the place of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who has been sidelined under a cloud. Lt.-Gen. Alain Parent was named acting vice-chief of defence staff Monday by Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff. Parent is currently is the deputy commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, a position […]

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Liberals’ drive to privatize Canadian airports lifts off

Mar 6 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Canada’s major airports could soon be on the auction block as the upcoming federal budget is expected to raise the possibility of their potential sale to private investors. For months now, the federal Liberals have been reviewing the ownership structure of Canadian big airports, now run by not-for-profit airport authorities. The budget is expected to […]

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Canadian military vice-admiral denies any wrongdoing after being removed from post

Feb 23 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who was abruptly removed as the second-in-command of Canada’s military, denies that he’s done anything wrong and looks forward to being “cleared,” according to his lawyer. High-profile Toronto lawyer Marie Henein, who successfully defended broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, now has Norman as a client and, in a forceful statement, said she hopes he […]

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Brian Mulroney sings for Donald Trump

Feb 19 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney and musician David Foster made for an unlikely Canadian duo to entertain Donald Trump and guests at his Florida estate Saturday night. With Foster, the famed songwriter and producer, on the keyboards, Mulroney took to the stage and performed, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” to an audience that included Trump. […]

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Defence minister Harjit Sajjan to meet U.S. counterpart Monday

Feb 3 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will travel to Washington Monday to meet with U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, the first face-to-face meeting between top officials in the Liberal government and the new Trump administration. Sajjan will be joined by Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, for the meeting at the Pentagon with Mattis and […]

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Liberals vow ‘transparency’ on party fundraising

Feb 2 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — The federal Liberals are vowing to pull back the curtain on private fundraisers that pump tens of thousands of dollars into party coffers. On a day when Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould announced that Liberals were abandoning Trudeau’s pledge to reform Canada’s voting system, the minister vowed to move ahead with changes on another front […]

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Top general issues orders to drum out sexual offenders

Jan 13 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Canada’s top general has issued a formal order to make good on his goal that anyone guilty of sexual misconduct should be drummed out of the military. In a directive, Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, says that despite his orders that inappropriate sexual behaviour must stop, “there are those in the (Canadian […]

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Liberals courting risk with upcoming peace mission

Dec 28 2016 — Bruce Campion-Smith — The stark monument, titled “Reconciliation,” features the statues of two men and a woman on a parapet, their gazes fixed in the distance. This depiction of three peacekeepers is unique in the world, the federal government says. Set near Ottawa’s ByWard Market, the monument is meant to honour the more than 110,000 Canadian soldiers who […]

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Provinces reject Ottawa’s pitch on healthcare

Dec 19 2016 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Provincial health ministers have rejected Ottawa’s “take it or leave” offer on healthcare funding, saying it would mean a reduction in federal investments and ultimately erode the care received by Canadians. The health ministers presented a united front as they prepared to head into a Monday afternoon meeting with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and […]