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Nov 18 2017 — Rachel Aiello

The Liberals are aiming to pass the marijuana legalization bill in the House of Commons this week, sending it off for some sober second thought, and the government’s pot point man, Bill Blair, has a message for the Senate: delay is unacceptable. Once the bill passes in the House, it’ll be off to the upper […]

Charity with ties to Trudeau excluding Quebecers from contest

Nov 18 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson

A high-profile Canadian charity with close ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife is excluding youth from Quebec, Trudeau’s home province, from a nationwide contest to win tickets to an event featuring former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama. Plan International Canada (PIC) is organizing the contest to give away 373 pairs of tickets […]

Slow start to fifth round of NAFTA talks in Mexico City

Nov 18 2017 —

NAFTA talks are off to a slow start in Mexico City, where the fifth round of discussions are underway. A source with direct knowledge of the talks tells CBC News about a dozen different topics have come up so far, with little movement following the first full day of discussions. The source pointed out that, […]

Nov 18 2017 —

Canada and other NATO countries must do more to counter Russia’s growing and ever-evolving cyber threats, says the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. ​”This is a constantly evolving threat, and we have to constantly adapt,” NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg told CBC Radio’s The House at the Halifax International Security Forum. Stoltenberg says the digital […]

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Nov 18 2017 —

Talk about a boozy tribute. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now has a fancy craft beer named after him. The Trudeau magnum pale ale is brewed at the Beer Theater, a brewery in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Interestingly, the Canadian PM isn’t the only world leader with a craft beer named after him: […]

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NAFTA 2.0 – Deathwatch: Counting the days

Nov 18 2017 — Peter Clark

MEXICO CITY – Ambassador Robert Lighthizer added some spice to an otherwise boring Day 1 of Round Five by filing an updated report to Congress on the Administration’s negotiating objectives for NAFTA 2.0. There is not much change from the July 17, 2017 report which we analyzed here. The negotiations on Procurement and Automotive Rules […]

Political conflicts of interest will only get trickier

Nov 18 2017 — Penny Collenette

She’s an Order of Canada recipient and the independent Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, an appointment made in consultation with all federal Leaders. Her office belongs to Parliament itself. He is the Minister of Finance for Canada, answerable to the Prime Minister and to the electors of Toronto Centre. She does not wish a […]

Payette speech should spark serious reflection

Nov 18 2017 — Glen Pearson

Her speech was bound to raise the ire of many, but when Gov. Gen. Julie Payette spoke to the Canadian Science Policy Centre convention earlier this month, it’s likely she was unaware of the response it would generate. Yet, she’s been dealing with it ever since. I supported Payette’s selection. She is a woman of […]

Trudeau’s ‘deliverology’ on the verge of becoming a punchline

Nov 18 2017 — Adam Radwanski

Before this week, questions about “deliverology” were liable to be met with a shrug by many in and around the federal government. Few could explain what the results-oriented management approach Justin Trudeau promised – complete with the knighted British guru who pioneered it in Tony Blair’s government meeting extensively with the Liberal cabinet – had […]

Rick Mercer rant on GSAs is dishonest analysis

Nov 17 2017 — Candice Malcolm

CBC comedian Rick Mercer jumped into an Alberta provincial debate, and in doing so, dragged the whole country in with him. In one of Mercer’s “rants,” he attempts to tackle the issue of gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs in Alberta schools. Unfortunately for Mercer, and for all Canadians, his rant was riddled with errors, partisan jeering […]

When politicians get that faraway look in their eyes

Nov 17 2017 — Susan Delacourt

Every November starting in 2015, it’s been easier to find Canada’s prime minister on the road, far away from Ottawa. Trudeau has now made 29 international trips since he came to power two years ago, according to his office’s own tally this week. That’s more than once a month, basically — and about half of […]

Nov 17 2017 — Geoff Norquay

Tax reform is risky for any Canadian government.  When it targets personal or business income tax deductions, it can become downright dangerous. The reason tax reform is so hard is pretty simple. Successive governments tinker with the tax system. Bit by bit, they add specific deductions, write-offs, credits and deferrals, mostly for justifiable public policy […]

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Nov 17 2017 — Duane Woods

This past week the United States Department of Commerce released its long-awaited determination on new duties to be imposed on Canadian softwood lumber imports.  This bad news represents the latest and most tangible iteration of the Trump administration’s protectionist America-first trade policies. The practical effect: additional duties up to 23.76% would be imposed on Canadian […]

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Nov 17 2017 — Muneeza Sheikh

This month, the federal government issued a double whammy in the ongoing effort to curb harassment in the workplace. The first came in early November, with the release of a federal report titled “Harassment and Sexual Violence: What We Heard.” Based on consultations with Canadians, the report confirmed the staggering prevalence of sexual harassment and […]

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Nov 17 2017 — Murray Dobbin

The world is now at the mercy of a coalition of three of the most dangerous autocrats on the planet: Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s new absolute ruler Mohammad bin Salman, a name that will become increasingly familiar as the months go by. These three “leaders” are now collaborating in an incredibly reckless […]

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Nov 15 2017 — John Geddes

The new Conservative ad that shows Andrew Scheer wandering through a suburban idyll—folks perched on freshly painted park benches hailing him, desirable three-bedroom backsplits in the background—gets across a lot in a succinct 30 seconds. “Conservatives want to see every Canadian prosper,” the Tory leader says, neatly summing up the message “I’m Andrew Scheer” is […]

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Nov 16 2017 —

In the United States, President Donald Trump has formally declared the opioid overdose crisis to be a national public health emergency. The numbers he cited speak for themselves: More than 64,000 Americans died from opioid overdose last year, which translates to more than 175 per day, or almost seven every hour. The situation in Canada […]

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