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Kevin O’Leary campaign organizer accused of vote buying

Mar 19 2017 — Robert Fife — A signed affidavit provided to The Globe and Mail alleges that one of Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary’s key organizers in the Sikh-Canadian community in Brampton, Ont., offered to pay for party membership – a clear breach of party rules. The affidavit is being used by leadership candidate Maxime Bernier’s camp to target the reality-TV […]

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Freeland condemns Russian aggression in Crimea, prompting Kremlin counterattack

Mar 16 2017 — Robert Fife — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland strongly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “severe repression of human rights” in occupied Crimea on Thursday, spurring a toughly worded counterattack from the Russian embassy in Ottawa. Ms. Freeland issued a statement Thursday on the third anniversary of Russian forces annexing Crimea, saying Canada unreservedly denounces what she called “this […]

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Ottawa toughens rules for operating recreational drones

Mar 16 2017 — Robert Fife — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is cracking down on recreational drones with new safety restrictions to keep them nine kilometres from any airport and ban their owners from flying near people, buildings, at night and when first responders are at the scene of an emergency. The rigorous rules that come into effect immediately also force recreational […]

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Omar Khadr in intensive care following surgery for war wounds

Mar 13 2017 — Robert Fife — Former child soldier Omar Khadr is in an intensive care unit at an Edmonton hospital following surgery to repair his shoulder, which was severely damaged more than a decade ago during a firefight with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Mr. Khadr’s lawyer, Dennis Edney, said his 30-year-old client, who spent years in the United States’ notorious […]

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Freeland knew her grandfather was editor of Nazi newspaper

Mar 8 2017 — Robert Fife — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper in occupied Poland that vilified Jews during the Second World War. Ms. Freeland’s family history has become a target for Russian forces seeking to discredit one of Canada’s highly placed defenders […]

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Canada set to renew Ukraine military training mission amid Trump fears

Feb 20 2017 — Robert Fife — Canada is set to renew a military mission training Ukrainian troops to confront Russia-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine, despite concerns in Kiev over delays in announcing the extension of the program. The Trudeau cabinet has not yet announced the extension of the two-year-old non-combat mission, dubbed Operation Unifier, which expires on March 31. […]

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Mulroney draws praise for Canada, Trudeau from Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Feb 19 2017 — Robert Fife — U.S. President Donald Trump expressed effusive praise for Canada and Justin Trudeau Saturday night after Brian Mulroney got a standing ovation for singing When Irish Eyes are Smiling during a cancer benefit at the U.S. President’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. It’s the same song the former Progressive Conservative prime minister sang together with […]

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Sarah Palin won’t be named U.S. ambassador to Canada: official

Feb 13 2017 — Robert Fife — The White House has assured Canada that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will not be appointed as U.S. ambassador to Canada. A Trudeau government official says that assurance was provided to Canadian officials during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the White House on Monday. “It isn’t Sarah Palin,” the official said. American officials have […]

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Trudeau to emphasize common ground in meeting with Trump

Feb 13 2017 — Robert Fife — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will use his first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday to propose broad areas of co-operation to boost jobs and continental security – ranging from joint infrastructure projects to cyber and energy security and possibly Canada joining the U.S. missile-defence shield. After the Oval Office meeting, Mr. Trudeau is […]

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NAFTA talks will be wide open, says Trump’s commerce nominee Wilbur Ross

Jan 18 2017 — Robert Fife — Every aspect of the North American free-trade agreement will be on the negotiating table, and any final agreement should contain an automatic measure to reopen the deal later to address further issues, Donald Trump’s nominee for commerce secretary said on Wednesday. Billionaire turnaround specialist Wilbur Ross told a Senate confirmation hearing that reopening the 1994 […]

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Canada given advance notice of Trump’s NAFTA demands

Jan 18 2017 — Robert Fife — Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, chosen by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to reshape U.S. trade policy, has informed Canada that rules of origin and independent dispute tribunals will be central to talks aimed at resetting the North American free-trade agreement. Canadian officials say the nominee for commerce secretary has indicated a formal-notification letter to open negotiations […]