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Trump front and centre as talk of trade, jobs emerges on campaign trail

Sep 14 2019 — — A familiar U.S. face is finally front and centre on the federal campaign trail: Donald Trump. The Liberals are invoking the American president’s name in a new advertisement aimed at shoring up the party’s bona fides with unions and blue-collar workers. The ad, christened “Fought Tooth and Nail” and narrated by Chrystia Freeland, boasts about […]

Ontario lowers its deficit to $7.4 billion, half of what Premier Doug Ford originally claimed

Sep 14 2019 — — Ontario’s budget deficit now stands at $7.4 billion, nearly half of the $15 billion Premier Doug Ford claimed he inherited last year from the previous Liberal government — a figure critics have said was vastly inflated. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy and Finance Minister Rod Phillips gave a financial update Friday with the government’s public […]

Party leaders contend with posts and past lives from candidates in campaign

Sep 13 2019 — Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal party leaders have spent the first days of the election campaign talking policy, as they'd like, and dismissing and defending candidates over old social-media posts, which they'd rather not. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer on Friday urged Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to denounce controversial comments by an already-turfed Liberal candidate in Montreal, […]

You’re out! A list of federal election candidates forced to step down, resign

Sep 13 2019 — The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A list of candidates forced to step down, or resigned since the start of the campaign on Sept. 11, which doesn't include, for instance, the Liberal decision to oust candidate Hassan Guillet (Saint Leonard—Saint-Michel) in late August over alleged anti-Semitic social-media posts. Liberal None since the start of the election campaign. Conservative Sept. 12: […]

Biden shrugs off age chatter, pledges medical disclosures

Sep 13 2019 — Bill Barrow, The Associated Press — HOUSTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is shrugging off thinly veiled criticism from younger rivals that he is too old for the Oval Office. The 76-year-old former vice-president told reporters Friday that he'll prove his fitness through the campaign, even asking one questioner jokingly: "You wanna wrestle?" And he pledged to release his medical […]

Mounties lay secrets-law charges against RCMP intelligence official

Sep 13 2019 — Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Cameron Jay Ortis, a senior RCMP intelligence official, made a brief court appearance Friday on charges of breaching Canada's secrets law. Ortis, 47, was charged under three sections of the Security of Information Act as well as two Criminal Code provisions, including breach of trust, for allegedly trying to disclose classified information to a foreign entity or terrorist group. […]

Ontario lowers its deficit to $7.4 billion, half of what PCs originally said

Sep 13 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's budget deficit now stands at $7.4 billion, nearly half of the $15 billion Premier Doug Ford claimed he inherited last year from the previous Liberal government — a figure critics have said was vastly inflated. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy and Finance Minister Rod Phillips gave a financial update Friday with the government's public accounts, saying the […]

Dental hygienist loses licence as ‘sexual abuser’ for treating his wife

Sep 13 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A dental hygienist branded as a sexual abuser and stripped of his licence because he treated his wife has lost his bid to have the punishment overturned. Ontario's Divisional Court decision upholding the "harsh" punishment for Alexandru Tanase comes even though regulators have proposed allowing hygienists to treat spouses as dentists may do. "There […]

Former OPP deputy commissioner launches wrongful dismissal suit, calls for inquiry into government appointments

Sep 13 2019 — — A former deputy Commissioner of Ontario’s provincial police force is launching a $15 million wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the Ontario government. Brad Blair is also calling for a commission of inquiry to investigate what he alleges are a string of “corrupt” government appointments. The veteran officer says his firing in March traumatized his family and […]

GOP lawmaker criticized over gun tweet about O’Rourke

Sep 13 2019 — Paul J. Weber, The Associated Press — AUSTIN, Texas — A Republican Texas lawmaker tweeting he had an assault rifle "ready" for Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke drew criticism Friday for the apparent threat amid heightened tensions over guns after two mass shootings in the state. The tweet by Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain came after O'Rourke pledged Thursday during the Democratic […]