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‘It’s not a surprise’: Morneau downplays Trump’s sudden trade attack on Canada

Apr 21 2017 — Daniel Dale — Canada’s finance minister is downplaying U.S. President Donald Trump’s sudden attack on Canadian trade policies, saying it is unsurprising that pleasant generalities would give way to tougher policy talks as the countries head into a likely NAFTA renegotiation. “No surprises, from my perspective,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in a Friday interview with a small […]


Trump to crack down on exemptions to ‘Buy American’ policies

Apr 17 2017 — Daniel Dale — President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order on Tuesday that will crack down on exemptions to federal “Buy American” policies, a move that could hurt Canadian companies. The administration’s new policy is to “minimize the granting of waivers,” an official who insisted on anonymity said in a briefing on Monday. “The message […]

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Daughter diplomacy: Trudeau’s unorthodox play for Donald Trump’s approval

Mar 17 2017 — Daniel Dale — A businesswoman whose lifestyle brand is struggling with liberals. A liberal-multilateralist prime minister who needs an in with a conservative-nationalist president. Diplomacy is rooted in interests. And Ivanka Trump and Justin Trudeau both have an interest in hanging out with each other. Read the latest news on U.S. President Donald Trump The prime minister sat […]


In the Trump era, the fringe takes over conservative movement

Feb 26 2017 — Daniel Dale — The governor of Kentucky was up on stage talking about cutting red tape. In the hallway outside, a white supremacist was promoting the racist “alt-right,” 20 journalists in a circle around him. The bigot, Richard Spencer, was soon tossed out of the building by a security guard. Three days after rescinding a speaking invitation to […]


Canada will never ‘be party to’ torture, defence minister says after visit to Trump’s Washington

Feb 7 2017 — Daniel Dale — Canada will never be a “party” to torture, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said a day after meeting his counterpart in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. Sajjan would not say if Defense Secretary James Mattis had made any assurances that the U.S. would not employ torture under Trump, an avowed torture supporter. But Sajjan, a former […]


Trump appoints an Islamophobe, an alleged racist and a defender of torture to key posts

Nov 19 2016 — Daniel Dale — President-elect Donald Trump has made five major appointments so far. Four of his picks, including the three announced on Friday, have demeaned Muslims or African-Americans. The selections are in line with Trump’s campaign rhetoric, which was openly bigoted against Muslims and frequently insulting to the black community. To the dismay and apprehension of minority groups, […]


Donald Trump wins, America elects an unthinkable president

Nov 9 2016 — Daniel Dale — President Donald Trump. Believe it. Trump pulled off the unthinkable once again on Tuesday, this time with colossal global consequences. The Republican businessman and former reality television star was elected president of the United States, completing an astonishing rise from political laughingstock to leader of the free world. Trump’s victory, perhaps the most staggering election […]