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How to legalize marijuana, without ever saying ‘marijuana’

Apr 14 2017 — David Cochrane — There is a superstition in the acting world that William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is cursed, so actors avoid saying its name inside a theatre to avoid bad luck. They refer to it instead as “the Scottish play.” On Thursday, you would have been forgiven if you thought there was a similar superstition around speaking the […]


Liberals want to move up pot legalization to avoid Canada Day anniversary

Apr 8 2017 — David Cochrane — With long-awaited marijuana legislation set to be announced next week, the federal government is having second thoughts about legalizing cannabis on Canada Day. The Trudeau government still plans to go ahead with its plan to make weed legal for recreational use. But a senior government source says the initial target of July 1, 2018 as […]


Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018

Mar 26 2017 — David Cochrane — The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018. CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne […]


Bill Morneau planning cautious budget for March 22 as he waits on Trump

Mar 7 2017 — David Cochrane — Bill Morneau’s second budget will be short on new spending and will include what amounts to a “down payment on the innovation agenda,” as the finance minister takes a wait-and-see approach over the uncertainty surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump’s economic agenda. A senior government source says this budget will set the stage for what could […]


Trudeau’s Europe trip dominated by trade and Trump

Feb 18 2017 — David Cochrane — Justin Trudeau ended his European visit with a keynote speech at a black tie dinner during which he warned an audience of Germany’s business and political elite that corporate practices had to change if future trade deals were going to be possible. Speaking to a sea of tuxedoes and ball gowns — and wearing a […]


Hopes low that dinner with PM will lead to health deal

Dec 8 2016 — David Cochrane — Sources think working dinner can be productive but doubt they can finalize a new health accord. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers will discuss the broad outline of a new health accord at a working dinner on Friday night, but multiple federal and provincial sources say it is unlikely to lead to a deal. […]


Ottawa open to long-term health accord with provinces: source

Dec 7 2016 — David Cochrane — The federal government is signaling a willingness to sign a longer-term health accord with the provinces in a shift that could help end the standoff in negotiations over transfer payments for health care. That means Ottawa may be willing to extend its offer of additional health care spending beyond the $3 billion over four years […]


Trudeau gives caucus long leash to voice discontent on Trans Mountain approval

Nov 30 2016 — David Cochrane — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made no effort during Wednesday’s caucus meeting to silence those Liberal MPs who oppose his decision to approve the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline. The prime minister did stress the importance of staying united on the pipeline issue, but caucus sources told CBC News there was no suggestion that MPs upset with […]


8 things to know about the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Nov 26 2016 — David Cochrane — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to defend Liberal fundraising tactics in the House of Commons and during a foreign trip to Liberia this week. He also found himself defending the ethics of the charitable foundation that bears his late father’s name. At issue was a private Liberal fundraising dinner at a private home in […]


Kellie Leitch loses support of key Newfoundland and Labrador backer

Nov 15 2016 — David Cochrane — Kellie Leitch’s most prominent Newfoundland and Labrador supporter has pulled his endorsement to protest the federal Conservative leadership candidate’s stance on screening immigrants for Canadian values. Steve Kent, deputy premier and health minister in the former Progressive Conservative government of Paul Davis, yanked his support for Leitch in a post on his Facebook page. “I […]


How should Justin Trudeau respond to Donald Trump on trade and economy?

Nov 9 2016 — David Cochrane — One of the key architects of Canada’s trade relationship with the United States says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should seek a meeting with president-elect Donald Trump as soon as possible and take decisive action to protect Canada’s competitiveness with its biggest trading partner. “The No. 1 thing would be to reach out to Donald Trump, […]

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Navdeep Bains wants to boost immigration, but some Liberals, Canadians push back

Oct 12 2016 — David Cochrane — Canada’s innovation minister says a linchpin of the government’s economic agenda is facing resistance not only from within government but also from Canadians worried about their jobs. Navdeep Bains used an appearance at the Public Policy Forum’s Growth Summit to make the case for increasing immigration numbers to give Canada a competitive economic advantage. But […]