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Liberal MP says Quebec mosque shooting was ‘direct result’ of Tory, PQ policies

Feb 17 2017 — David Akin — A Liberal MP Friday said the Quebec mosque murders were a “direct result” of the kinds of policies “championed” in recent elections by the federal Conservative party and the provincial Parti Quebecois. Chandra Arya’s accusation, made Friday in the House of Commons, was the latest attempt by federal Liberals to blame “elements” in the Conservative […]

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Conservatives accuse Liberal government of playing politics with Islamophobia motion

Feb 16 2017 — David Akin — Liberals and New Democrats signalled their strong support Wednesday night to have the federal government seek ways to combat rising anti-Muslim sentiment in Canada. Conservative MPs, however, accused the Trudeau government of playing politics and sowing division by asking the House of Commons to vote on a parliamentary motion condemning “Islamophobia,” a term Conservative MPs […]

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Liberal MP keen to allay ‘fear and anxiety’ on anti-Islamophobia motion but will not change it in face of ‘hatred’

Feb 15 2017 — David Akin — Liberal MP Iqra Khalid said she is keen to allay the “fear and anxiety” some Canadians have about her attempt to have the House of Commons denounce Islamophobia, systemic racism and intolerance.In an exclusive interview Tuesday with the National Post, Khalid, a Pakistan-born first-time MP from Mississauga, Ont., said she is not willing to alter […]

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Canadians deeply dislike Trump, but prefer him to Trudeau on economy, security: poll

Feb 8 2017 — David Akin — Despite deep overall disapproval of U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadians prefer Trump’s approach to managing the economy and national security over the approach of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a new poll says. The poll from Mainstreet Research, provided exclusively to the National Post, is the latest survey to show that a significant majority of Canadians […]

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Liberals know how much its carbon tax will cost consumers — but won’t tell you

Feb 6 2017 — David Akin — Federal finance department officials have calculated how much more Canadian households could pay each year as a result of a pending federal carbon tax but neither the department nor Finance Minister Bill Morneau will share those details. Morneau is being challenged in Parliament by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre to publish that information while Saskatchewan Premier […]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets 16-month-old Madeleine Jamkossian, right, and her father Kevork Jamkossian, refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war, during their arrival at Pearson International airport, in Toronto, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Justin Trudeau finds allies across political lines in signalling disapproval of Trump’s travel ban

Jan 29 2017 — David Akin — Jason Kenney, the former federal immigration minister now running to lead the Alberta Progressive Conservatives, called President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration a “brutal ham-fist act of of demogagic theatre.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent out two tweets that went viral with hundreds of thousands of pickups, both of which signalled Canada’s continued commitment […]

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On cross-country tour, Trudeau hears growing anger and frustration from indigenous Canadians

Jan 27 2017 — David Akin — On his his just-completed nine-city town hall tour of Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got sharp and sometimes angry questions about aboriginal affairs — a sign of the growing impatience and frustration many indigenous people and their leaders have with his government. And the reviews, in some cases, have been less than kind. Saskatoon Tribal […]

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Trudeau says ‘we don’t see an issue’ with free travel from the Aga Khan but a slim majority disagree in new poll

Jan 24 2017 — David Akin — Canadian public opinion appears to be split as to whether it was appropriate for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family to accept free travel, over the Christmas holidays, on the private helicopter of the billionaire philanthropist and Trudeau family friend the Aga Khan. A new poll says 42 per cent agree that the travel […]