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PM backs Vance in relieving senior military commander, but won’t say more

Jan 17 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is backing the decision by Canada’s chief of the defence staff to relieve his second in command of his duties, but won’t say anything more about the controversy swirling around Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. Word emerged Monday that Norman was abruptly stripped of his responsibilities by his boss, Gen. Jonathan Vance, in […]

Centre Block's Peace Tower is shown through the gates of Parliament Hill as Finance Minister Jim Flaherty prepares to table the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

NATO without U.S. means Canada will have to do more, says committee chair

Jan 16 2017 — — The head of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee says Canada will have to contribute more to NATO if the U.S. follows through on president-elect Donald Trump’s musings on withdrawing from the alliance. Liberal MP Bob Nault cautions that Canada and its NATO partners need to see how U.S. foreign policy formally takes shape […]

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Jason Kenney challenged on all sides by unity plan

Jan 15 2017 — — The gloves came off at the Alberta Progressive Conservatives leadership debate in Edmonton. Candidate Jason Kenney found himself fending off attacks from the other three candidates who say his plan to merge with the right-leaning Wildrose party is cynical and shortsighted folly. PC legislature member Richard Starke, while not accusing Kenney by name, told the […]

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Canada must remain nimble as it braces for Trump era: feds’ economic adviser

Jan 15 2017 — — The head of the Trudeau government’s influential council of economic advisers recommends Ottawa stay agile, just in case Donald Trump delivers on vows that could have severe implications for Canada. Dominic Barton, the global managing director of consulting firm McKinsey & Co., said in an interview that while it remains unclear what exactly the president-elect […]

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Ukraine, Latvia urge Canada and Freeland to press Trump on Russia

Jan 13 2017 — — Two of Russia’s nervous neighbours are urging the Trudeau Liberals to use Canada’s close relationship with the U.S. to encourage the incoming Trump administration not to become too cosy with the Kremlin. The ambassadors of Ukraine and Latvia tell The Canadian Press that Canada’s historic friendship and alliance with the world’s only superpower puts it […]

William "Bill" Francis, Canada's minister of finance, listens during the International Economic Forum Of The Americas in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Monday, June 13, 2016. The conference promotes free discussion on major current economic issues and facilitates meetings between world leaders to encourage international discourse by bringing together Heads of State, the private sector, international organizations and civil society. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Morneau tosses around budget ideas with private sector economists today

Jan 13 2017 — — Finance Minister Bill Morneau will get some ideas for his upcoming budget today from private sector economists. He will sit down with the experts in Toronto, something federal finance ministers routinely do. One issue sure to be discussed is how Canada’s economy will be affected by the presidency of Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated […]

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New minister refuses to repeat Trudeau’s promise to replace voting system

Jan 12 2017 — — Justin Trudeau’s newly minted minister for democratic institutions is refusing to repeat the prime minister’s campaign promise that the 2015 election would be the last conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system. Asked twice Thursday if she’s committed to ensuring the federal government honours Trudeau’s promise, Karina Gould dodged both times, saying only that she’s committed […]

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Postmedia CEO ‘encouraged’ government will help struggling media industry

Jan 12 2017 — — The chief executive officer of Postmedia is “encouraged” that the federal government will intervene and help Canada’s financially floundering media industry. Earlier this week, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said the government believes in the importance of journalism and is looking at all solutions presented to it during public consultations examining what role it should play […]

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Trudeau tells Kingston town hall he favoured ranked ballot system

Jan 12 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reminded dozens of people at a town hall meeting on Thursday that he favoured a ranked ballot system in the past, even though his government insists it has an open mind about how to change the electoral system. Trudeau, who faced critical questions about issues including the Phoenix pay controversy and […]