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Charter will protect Canadians at U.S. border preclearance, Trudeau says

Feb 22 2017 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending a government bill that expands the use of preclearance at the Canada-U.S. border, arguing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will protect Canadians who are screened by American officials. The legislation, Bill C-23, implements a 2015 border deal signed between then-prime-minister Stephen Harper and then-president Barack Obama. The […]


Trudeau lays wreath at Berlin Holocaust memorial

Feb 17 2017 — Bill Curry — Justin Trudeau took a moment Friday morning to tour Berlin’s National Holocaust Memorial, where he laid a wreath and then took a short walk in the rain among the sombre monument’s grey pillars. Later in the day, he is scheduled to visit the site of December’s deadly terrorist attack in the capital’s Christmas market. Less […]

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Free-trade pacts may be doomed unless CETA works, Trudeau warns EU

Feb 16 2017 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the European Union Thursday for approving the long-discussed free trade deal with Canada, but warned the agreement is at risk of becoming the world’s last major trade pact. Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Mr. Trudeau argued that the pressure is now on both sides to show that […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb.18, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Morneau dropped deficit forecast from fall update

Feb 10 2017 — Bill Curry — A government report showing Ottawa faces decades of deficits was kept under wraps for two and half months before it was quietly released online two days before Christmas. The Globe and Mail has obtained documents showing Finance Minister Bill Morneau was provided with the government’s long-term fiscal projections on Oct. 12, as the minister was […]


Federal budget to include reforms to temporary foreign worker program

Feb 1 2017 — Bill Curry — The upcoming federal budget will include a new wave of reforms to the temporary foreign worker program as the government pledges to ease entry for high-skilled labour while boosting protections for low-wage workers. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Patty Hajdu, the new Employment Minister, confirmed that the government has approved a package […]


Canadian eBay shoppers push for hike on duty-free limits

Jan 27 2017 — Bill Curry — Nearly 50,000 Canadian customers of eBay, the American online retail giant, have signed a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau calling for Ottawa to raise the duty-free limits for online shoppers. Currently, only goods worth less than $20 can be shipped without duty or tax, a threshold that hasn’t budged since the early 1980s. International […]


Ottawa, provinces poised for sweeping internal trade deal

Jan 26 2017 — Bill Curry — Ottawa and the provinces are preparing to announce a sweeping new deal to slash internal trade barriers as soon as the next few weeks that would take effect on July 1, Canada’s 150th anniversary. Federal and provincial officials confirmed to The Globe and Mail that negotiations have concluded and the final deal is currently being […]


Trudeau’s cabinet meets with Trump adviser in Calgary

Jan 23 2017 — Bill Curry — A senior business adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump moved to play down Canadian concerns as he met with the federal cabinet in Calgary. Stephen Schwarzman, who heads the president’s strategic and policy forum and is the CEO of Blackstone Group, met privately with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and also with the full federal ministers […]


Ottawa aims to avoid ‘collateral damage’ in U.S. trade deals

Jan 23 2017 — Bill Curry — The Liberal government is weighing whether new trade deals with the United States should exclude Mexico as Canada seeks to avoid “collateral damage” from President Donald Trump’s preoccupation with America’s southern neighbour. David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, arrived in Calgary Sunday evening in order to brief cabinet during a two-day retreat that […]


Trudeau receptive to $12.6-billion social housing request, mayors say

Jan 21 2017 — Bill Curry — Canada’s big-city mayors are expressing optimism that the 2017 federal budget will pledge billions for affordable housing after a private meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has asked Ottawa to devote $12.6-billion of the $20-billion already pledged for “social” infrastructure to social and affordable housing. The request was initially met […]


Trump team says it won’t support border adjustment tax

Jan 20 2017 — Bill Curry — The incoming Trump administration is ruling out an across-the-board border tax as it prepares a sweeping new trade agenda that includes renegotiating the North American free-trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. Speaking on the eve of president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, Steven Mnuchin, treasury secretary nominee, outlined the new administration’s priorities on economic matters during a […]


Canada’s mayors pushing federal government for housing, transit cash

Jan 17 2017 — Bill Curry — Canada’s mayors are pushing Ottawa to speed up the flow of federal infrastructure cash as signs mount that the billions in promised spending have been slow to enter the economy. After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities will call on the federal government to cover the cost of 50 per cent of […]


Morneau vows prudent budget as Canada awaits U.S. policy changes

Jan 13 2017 — Bill Curry — Finance Minister Bill Morneau is signalling that his 2017 budget will show a preference for “prudent” new spending over tax cuts as the Liberal government braces for major policy change from Canada’s top trading partner. Mr. Morneau met Friday morning with private-sector economists to hear their expectations for the Canadian economy, including the potential ramifications […]