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Tories still Harper’s party, Trudeau tells Liberals at national convention

Apr 21 2018 — — Justin Trudeau says the Conservatives have learned nothing from their 2015 election defeat and are still practising the politics of fear and division. The prime minister launched a full-frontal assault on the official Opposition Saturday as he delivered a partisan stemwinder designed to rally Liberal troops in advance of next year’s federal election.

Trade missions for women, Indigenous and LGBTQ interests in 2018: minister

Apr 21 2018 — — The Canadian government will lead the first trade missions for women, Indigenous and LGBTQ businesses and entrepreneurs later this year, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Saturday. The announcement was part of a speech promoting the Liberal government’s progressive trade agenda at the party’s national convention in Halifax. Champagne offered no details about the missions, […]

Trade missions for women, Indigenous and LGBTQ interests in 2018: minister

Apr 21 2018 — The Canadian Press — HALIFAX — The Canadian government will lead the first trade missions for women, Indigenous and LGBTQ businesses and entrepreneurs later this year, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Saturday. The announcement was part of a speech promoting the Liberal government's progressive trade agenda at the party's national convention in Halifax. Champagne offered no details about […]

MDA president says having parent firm in United States won’t affect Canadian jobs

Apr 21 2018 — — The president of Canadarm-builder MDA says setting up the company’s parent firm in the United States won’t have any impact on jobs in Canada. In October 2017, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, based in Richmond, B.C., became Maxar Technologies Ltd. after it acquired DigitalGlobe, an American satellite imaging company. Maxar’s headquarters were in San Francisco before […]

Nova Scotia politician files complaint with talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel

Apr 20 2018 — — A provincial cabinet minister in Nova Scotia has written a letter of complaint to talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, saying he didn’t appreciate a recent segment that made light of the Halifax Explosion. The letter from Labour Minister Labi Kousoulis says even though the disaster happened more than 100 years ago, Nova Scotian families still live […]

Newfoundland celebrities roast town for rejecting rainbow crosswalk

Apr 20 2018 — — Prominent Newfoundlanders are criticizing a town’s rejection of a rainbow crosswalk sought by a high school group as a show of support for the LGBTQ community. Comedian Mark Critch and former Great Big Sea members Alan Doyle and Bob Hallett offered support for the Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Indian River High School after Springdale, N.L., […]

Grassroots Liberals pressuring Trudeau government to be more progressive

Apr 20 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being pushed by his backbenchers and grassroots Liberals to take a more progressive stance on issues such as pharmacare, prostitution and illegal drugs. The pressure is coming during the first full day of the Liberals’ national convention and it’s motivated, at least in part, by a determination not to be […]

NAFTA: Talks continue through weekend in scramble to get a deal soon

Apr 20 2018 — — NAFTA negotiating teams will keep bargaining through the weekend in an effort to get a deal by early May. The political ministers leading the process are currently leaving Washington, but will be back next week. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland calls it a perpetual negotiating round. She says the talks continue to focus primarily on […]

Tory unity must have room for Bernier despite book, strategist says

Apr 19 2018 — — A Montreal strategist says the Conservative party was wise not to publicly shame MP Maxime Bernier for a now-stalled book that accuses Andrew Scheer of pandering to “fake Conservatives” in the Quebec dairy lobby during last year’s leadership race. The controversy over the book, which has since been pulled from publication, won’t leave the party […]

New auto rules will be the ‘core’ of future NAFTA deal, Freeland predicts

Apr 19 2018 — — New automotive rules will be the centrepiece of a new NAFTA agreement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said during a negotiating round Thursday that remained focused on cars. In an exchange with reporters between sessions at the U.S. trade representative’s office across from the White House, Freeland said she and her peers are now down […]