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Chretien backs pot bill, says undoing NAFTA may be tough for Trump

Apr 20 2017 — Graham Slaughter — Former prime minister Jean Chretien says he’s never smoked marijuana, but that didn’t stop him from trying to decriminalize the drug when he was in office. Chretien’s Liberal government tried in 2003 to pass a law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis, but the legislation was killed when Parliament was prorogued.

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Freeland: China could help coax North Korea into ‘civilized world’

Apr 15 2017 — Graham Slaughter — As tensions escalate between the United States and North Korea, Canada’s foreign affairs minister is looking to China to help “bring North Korea back into the civilized world.” Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland spoke to CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon, where she condemned recent North Korean missile tests and outlined Canada’s strategy for […]

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Leitch rebuffs Trudeau’s shot by calling prime minister ‘fringe’

Feb 10 2017 — Graham Slaughter — Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch has shot back at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after he warned that “fringe voices” like Leitch could gain traction under a new voting system. Leitch also added some confusion as to why her controversial former campaign manager Nick Kouvalis resigned, saying he quit over “health reasons” rather than Kouvalis’ explanation […]

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Kevin O’Leary is ‘self-interested,’ says former co-star Arlene Dickinson

Jan 19 2017 — Graham Slaughter — Canadian investor Arlene Dickinson applauds her reality television co-star Kevin O’Leary for having the nerve to enter politics, but says that’s hardly enough to qualify him to be Canada’s next prime minister. In a sharply worded interview with CTV News Channel, Dickinson accused O’Leary of being too self-absorbed to hold the country’s highest political office. […]

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Two Canadian billionaires are as rich as nearly 1/3 of Canada: report

Jan 15 2017 — Graham Slaughter — New economic analysis suggests that two Canadian billionaires own the same amount of wealth as nearly one-third of all Canadians. On a global scale, about half of the planet’s population owns the same amount of wealth as the world’s eight richest businessmen, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The alarming findings […]

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Former PM Mulroney suggests Trump could be good for Canada

Dec 6 2016 — Graham Slaughter — Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney says the looming presidency of his long-time friend Donald Trump could be good news for Canada, despite Trump’s plans to scrap NAFTA, one of Mulroney’s biggest political achievements. In a wide-ranging interview with CTV’s Power Play, Mulroney touched on the uncertain future of NAFTA, his take on the Liberals’ […]

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Former Ontario privacy commissioner wants CSIS metadata deleted

Nov 4 2016 — Graham Slaughter — Information illegally held by Canada’s spy agency over the course of a decade should be deleted from CSIS servers, according to Ontario’s former information and privacy commissioner. Ann Cavoukian said metadata – the information included in a communication, such as a telephone number or email address – never should have been gathered because it included […]

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Japan must be prepared for military action against North Korea: ambassador

Sep 9 2016 — Graham Slaughter — Japan’s ambassador to Canada says North Korea’s nuclear test on Friday was a “clear violation” of United Nations Security Council resolutions and that Japan has to be prepared for military action if necessary. The latest detonation — the country’s second in eight months — has heightened concerns that North Korea is building lighter, smaller nuclear […]

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Leitch defends proposal for ‘anti-Canadian’ screening

Sep 7 2016 — Graham Slaughter — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch isn’t backing down from her proposal to screen new immigrants for “anti-Canadian” values, despite criticism from within her own party. Speaking to Power Play host Don Martin on Wednesday, Leitch defended the controversial idea and suggested it’s not unlike current security screening methods. “It’s not intolerant to believe in a […]

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Hells Angels ride into Ottawa for largest-ever Canadian meeting

Jul 23 2016 — Graham Slaughter — Hundreds of Hells Angels biker gang members arrived in Ottawa this weekend for an annual meeting that police have called the largest gathering of the notorious organization in Canadian history. More than 700 members have begun arriving at a longstanding Hells Angels clubhouse in Carlsbad Springs, a community in Ottawa’s southeast end. The bikers are […]