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Leitch comments prompt Torontonians to ‘send Kellie sugar’

Jan 19 2017 — — Here’s hoping Kellie Leitch has a sweet tooth. In a recent interview with Toronto Life magazine, the Conservative leadership hopeful made the mistake of questioning Toronto’s sense of community, explaining that in her current rural home, “I know it’s fine if I walk next door and ask for a cup of sugar, they are going […]

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From prisoner to honoured guest: Amarjeet Sohi’s return to India

Jan 19 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — Indian-born Canadian cabinet minister Amarjeet Sohi has returned from an unlikely journey: from prisoner to honoured guest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minister of Infrastructure and Communities last week made his first visit in an official capacity back to the country of his birth. He was in India — where he was once jailed and tortured […]

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Free-trade agreement with India a ‘high priority’ for Canada

Jan 19 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — Federal Liberal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, fresh off a trade promotion trip to India, says a free-trade agreement with India “is high priority for our government.” But for all the talk, it’s clear that any free trade with India remains a long way off. Talks began with fanfare under the Conservative government led by Stephen […]

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Premier Rachel Notley splits human services department, appoints new cabinet member

Jan 19 2017 — — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley reconfigured her cabinet Thursday and split the human services department into two ministries. The province will now have a department of children’s services and a separate department called community and social services. As part of the shuffle, Shaye Anderson, the MLA for Leduc-Beaumont, was appointed minister of municipal affairs. Two other […]

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Trudeau appoints Quebec MP Pablo Rodriguez as chief government whip

Jan 19 2017 — — Pablo Rodriguez, MP for the Montreal riding of Honore-Mercier, has been named chief government whip in the House of Commons. Rodriguez replaces Andrew Leslie, who was named parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs earlier this week. The new whip was first elected to the Commons in 2004 and re-elected twice before losing his […]

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Canadian police hit by major computer network outage

Jan 19 2017 — Alison Crawford — The failure of a critical core computer network device prevented Mounties and other police agencies including the Toronto Police Service from accessing a critical computer program they need to do their jobs called the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. According to sources, the outage started around midnight ET, and lasted roughly 12 hours. It […]

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Canadian embassy the hottest ticket in town for inauguration

Jan 19 2017 — Barrie McKenna — The Canadian embassy in Washington is promising that its bash for Donald Trump will be bigger than ever – a signal that Ottawa wants to reach out and impress the incoming U.S. president when some of the cornerstones of the Canada-U.S. relationship are under threat. The embassy’s invite-only inauguration “tail-gate” party and VIP brunch is […]

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‘Uncertainty is never a good thing’: MPs, senators reach out to U.S. lawmakers

Jan 19 2017 — Katie Simpson — Canadian MPs and senators plan to stress the importance of trade when they meet with their U.S. counterparts in the weeks following Donald Trump’s inauguration as president. Members of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group are expected to gather in Washington sometime before spring for wide-ranging talks on issues important to both countries. But trade will […]

Workers watch as the main girder of a new 300-tonne gantry crane is lifted into place at Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday April 2, 2014. The federal government has topped up a West Coast shipbuilding contract by more than $65 million for a coast guard science vessel that needs a propulsion system and scientific equipment.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Military officer’s suspension casts clouds over federal shipbuilding effort

Jan 19 2017 — — The suspension of the military’s second-highest-ranking officer has cast a pall over the federal government’s multibillion-dollar plan to build new warships, which the Liberals had hoped was finally back on course after listing for years. Government and military officials remained tight-lipped Wednesday over why Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was abruptly stripped of his responsibilities last week […]

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A history of Kevin O’Leary’s spotty business record, in four deals

Jan 19 2017 — — The newest contender for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership is running on his business experience. Here’s how four of his companies fared. After months of speculation, Kevin O’Leary has finally entered the race to lead the Conservative Party of Canada. It’s a crowded field, with 14 leadership hopefuls in all. O’Leary has the benefit […]

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Could the oilsands really be phased out? Here are the possibilities

Jan 19 2017 — — The question of whether Canada should phase out oilsands production seems to have an easy answer, depending on whom you ask. It is either a ridiculous idea, or a ridiculously obvious one. Does Canada care about its economy, or does it care about meeting its Paris climate objectives? Prime Minister Trudeau has walked back his […]