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Canadian troops in Iraq mount pressure on ISIL around Syrian border

Feb 20 2017 — — Canadian special forces have shifted their operations in northern Iraq to put pressure on ISIL in places outside the strategic city of Mosul — including along the border with Syria. Rather than firing, now they’re mainly scrutinizing. High atop a rocky hilltop Monday, two Canadian soldiers sat in a makeshift bunker located more than a […]

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Canadian labour leader Bob White dead, instrumental in creating CAW

Feb 20 2017 — — Canadian labour leader Bob White has died. White was instrumental in creating the Canadian Auto Workers union, which broke away from its American parent in the mid-1980s. He was the CAW’s founding president from 1985 until 1991 — a period when the union was at the height of its power, representing most of the Canadian […]

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Two high-profile Calgary politicians have become embroiled in a heated social media spat with Conservative MP Rempel accusing Mayor Naheed Nenshi of making a sexist remark. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Two Tory MPs call on Ottawa to stop illegal Canada-US border crossings

Feb 19 2017 — — Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people illegally crossing the United States border into Canada. Michelle Rempel and Tony Clement have tweeted that illegal crossings are unsafe and place a burden on local law enforcement. Rempel’s comment is in response to the Manitoba RCMP’s announcement […]

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau carries his vote to the ballot box accompanied by his son Xavier on October 19, 2015 in Montreal. Canadians began voting in general elections Monday, with polls showing Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party positioned to end nine years of Stephen Harper's Tory rule. AFP PHOTO/POOL/PAUL CHIASSONPAUL CHIASSON/AFP/Getty Images

Trudeau sets date for first of five byelections this year

Feb 19 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set the date for a byelection in an Ottawa riding left vacant by the death of Mauril Belanger. The byelection will be held April 3. Belanger held the long-standing Liberal seat for more than 20 years before his death in August 2016, months after being diagnosed with ALS. The byelection […]

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New Democrats may switch votes in weeks-long fall leadership vote

Feb 17 2017 — — New Democrats hope to capture some of the excitement of a typical political convention this fall even though they will pick a successor to Tom Mulcair through a largely online voting process which could stretch over weeks. A series of debates throughout the spring and summer will build up to a showcase event featuring all […]

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Canadians voice support for Muslims amid ‘hatred’ unleashed at Liberal MP

Feb 17 2017 — — Canada’s Muslim community has received an outpouring of support in the wake of stinging personal attacks against a Liberal MP and her motion to condemn and combat Islamophobia. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada says individual Canadians and elected officials alike have reached out in the 48 hours since the federal Liberals voiced support for the […]

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Former Liberal minister urges government to drop ‘Islamophobia’ from motion

Feb 17 2017 — Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A Liberal-backed motion aimed at combating racism would have broader support if it didn't contain the word "Islamophobia," former justice minister Irwin Cotler argued Thursday as the Liberals and Conservatives butted heads over competing propositions. But the Liberals stood firm in their support of the controversial motion, arguing publicly that removing that one […]

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Former Liberal minister urges government to drop ‘Islamophobia’ from motion

Feb 17 2017 — Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A Liberal-backed motion aimed at combating racism would have broader support if it didn't contain the word "Islamophobia," former justice minister Irwin Cotler argued Thursday as the Liberals and Conservatives butted heads over competing propositions. But the Liberals stood firm in their support of the controversial motion, arguing publicly that removing that one […]

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Former Liberal minister urges government to drop ‘Islamophobia’ from motion

Feb 17 2017 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — A Liberal-backed motion aimed at combating racism would have broader support if it didn't contain the word "Islamophobia," former justice minister Irwin Cotler argued Thursday as the Liberals and Conservatives butted heads over competing propositions. But the Liberals stood firm in their support of the controversial motion, arguing publicly that removing that one […]

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Ways to gauge Canada’s commitment to NATO beyond just spending: Trudeau

Feb 17 2017 — — Canada is demonstrating its commitment to NATO in ways that go beyond simple military spending, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. During a news conference Friday in Berlin, Trudeau acknowledged the spending target agreed to in 2014 by the members of the global military alliance — two per cent of GDP annually — but described Canada […]

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Nova Scotia teachers to stage one-day strike in protest against imposed contract

Feb 17 2017 — The Canadian Press — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's public school teachers are set to conduct a one-day strike today — a historic first in the union's 122-year history. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union is protesting the Liberal government's plans to impose a four-year contract on the 9,300 members of their union. The Liberal government is expected to continue pushing Bill 75 through the legislature […]