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RCMP allege Mark Norman leaked cabinet secrets to pressure government

Apr 26 2017 — Laura Payton — The man who was Canada’s top naval officer leaked cabinet secrets to a Quebec shipyard in order to pressure the government to move forward on a military procurement project, the RCMP allege in newly unsealed court documents. The documents lay out the Mounties’ case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who was suspended from his role as […]

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Crews rescue woman stuck on crane in Toronto

Apr 26 2017 — — A woman has been rescued from atop a construction crane in downtown Toronto after becoming stuck overnight. The woman was lowered to the ground after being harnessed to an emergency worker at approximately 8 a.m., after she was spotted 12 storeys up by area residents. The woman was stuck on the crane, above a construction […]


Exclusive: U.S. commerce secretary denies ‘trade war’ with Canada

Apr 25 2017 — — Trade tensions may appear to be escalating between Canada and the White House, but U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross denies that an all-out trade war is on the horizon. In an exclusive one-on-one interview with CTV’s Richard Madan in Washington, D.C., the Trump administration’s commerce chief touched on recent flare-ups over Canada’s dairy and […]

Workers pile logs at a softwood lumber sawmill in Saguenay, Que., on Nov. 14, 2008. The federal government needs to offer money, training and incentives to ensure a technological revolution in the forestry industry creates well-paid jobs at home rather than abroad. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

U.S. announces duties up to 24 per cent on Canadian softwood lumber

Apr 24 2017 — Laura Payton — The U.S. Department of Commerce announced late Monday it will impose “countervailing duties” of up to 24 per cent on Canadian softwood lumber, opening a new round in the long-running trade dispute. The Department said it had “preliminarily determined that exporters of softwood lumber from Canada received countervailable subsidies of 3.02 per cent to 24.12 […]

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‘It’s an outburst’: Canadian trade experts advise calm following Trump remarks

Apr 23 2017 — — In the aftermath of U.S. President Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about Canada’s trade practices in several areas including dairy, softwood lumber and energy this week, the former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. and advisor to the current Liberal government says it’s important that Canadians don’t overreact. In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s […]

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Former CSIS head says mystery around Norman suspension ‘unprecedented’

Apr 22 2017 — — Former CSIS director Richard Fadden says the lack of explanation around the suspension of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is “unprecedented.” Norman held the second-highest ranking job in the military when he was abruptly suspended from his job in January. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has said the suspension was not related to national security concerns, but that […]


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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MacNaughton not sweating over Trump’s trade talk

Apr 19 2017 — — Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton is downplaying any cross-border tension with the United States over dairy tariffs, calling the relationship “terrific” and “a model for the rest of the world.” His remarks follow sharp criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump over Canada’s supply-managed dairy industry, suggesting the rules are stacked in Canada’s favour. […]

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Justice minister unapologetic over proposed pot penalties

Apr 16 2017 — Laura Payton — Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the threat of a 14-year prison sentence for selling marijuana to youth is intended to keep pot out of children’s hands once it’s legalized. In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, Wilson-Raybould said the severe penalty goes back to the bill’s original purpose, which the […]

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Kellie Leitch steps back from visitor screening pledge

Apr 15 2017 — Laura Payton — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch may be stepping back from her promise to screen all visitors to Canada for Canadian values, though she’s holding firm on immigrant and refugee interviews. In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, Leitch said she wants to “do the process properly.” “That means doing face-to-face interviews, […]


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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Old Age Security eligibility age should be raised to 67: report

Apr 11 2017 — Sonja Puzic — The federal government should reconsider its decision to keep the age of retirement eligibility at 65 as retirees continue to live longer, argues a new report from C.D. Howe Institute. According to the economic policy think-tank’s report released Tuesday, low fertility rates, rising life expectancies and aging baby boomers will “strain the sustainability of our […]


Mulcair says Trudeau didn’t invite him to Vimy Ridge commemoration

Apr 10 2017 — — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he wasn’t personally invited by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to attend Sunday’s ceremony in France marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. “Mr. Trudeau did not invite me to go to the Vimy commemorations and I would very much like to have gone,” Mulcair told CTV’s Power […]

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Duelling toll promises as parties prepare for B.C. election writ

Apr 10 2017 — — The writ of election that will officially open the 2017 British Columbia election campaign is expected on Tuesday, but party leaders have already been in campaign-mode for weeks. On Sunday, Premier Christy Clark and New Democratic Party leader John Horgan were both in Metro Vancouver offering promises to voters. If re-elected to a majority, Clark’s […]