Canada Politics & Government
Kim Jong Un wants to sign peace treaty after meeting Trump, South Korean media reports
Japanese government admits it falsified documents in scandal linked to PM Abe’s wife
Groups push Canadian government for mefloquine answers
Uhuru, Raila lead Kenyans in praising Shujaas after Canada 7s
‘Keep America Great’: Trump previews 2020 campaign at Pennsylvania rally
China makes historic move to allow Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely
Canadian Prime Minister Presses For Pipeline
2018-04-16 03:00:02 April 15, 2018 7:37 p.m. ET OTTAWA—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday took his strongest stance yet in backing the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, saying he would ensure it gets built despite fierce opposition from the Pacific province of British Columbia. The promise, following a special meeting of western Canadian provincial leaders in the nation’s capital, follows an ultimatum issued last week by Kinder Morgan Inc   Read More ...
Trump mocks Trudeau at GOP fundraiser, bluffs prime minister on trade
2018-03-16 20:00:11 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump boasted Wednesday that he once privately challenged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's understanding of the trade balance between the two countries — without knowing the facts himself — and turned out to be right. Imitating Trudeau at a fundraiser for Missouri Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, Trump recounted the prime minister insisting during a meeting that the U   Read More ...
Questions remain as federal government pledges to help veterans with PTSD
2018-03-13 10:32:50 OTTAWA - Heads turn and smiles break out as the four veterans make their way through the Bayshore mall in Ottawa's west end one recent Tuesday morning. But it isn't just the men that the shoppers are watching: it's also their dogs. A little-noticed promise in the most recent federal budget has sparked applause and sighs of relief from veterans across Canada dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological trauma   Read More ...
Pennsylvania election tests a 'template' for Democrats hoping to take the House
2018-03-13 09:07:25 Dead-heat race in 18th district tests 'the right kind' of Democratic candidate to field this fall Matt Kwong is a Washington-based correspondent for CBC News. He previously reported for CBC News as an online journalist in New York and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at: @matt_kwong. Related Stories A dependably red swatch of southwest Pennsylvania could fall after Tuesday's vote to a 33-year-old Democrat who has never held elected office   Read More ...
U.S. Secretary of State says poisoning of ex-spy in Britain will 'certainly trigger a response'
2018-03-13 06:05:04 Tillerson says he's grown 'extremely concerned' about Russia Related Stories U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cast the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain as part of a "certain unleashing of activity" by Russia that the United States is struggling to understand. He also warned that the poisoning would "certainly trigger a response." Tillerson, echoing the British government's finger-pointing toward Moscow, said he didn't yet know whether Russia's government knew of the attack with a military-grade nerve agent, but that one way or another, "it came from Russia   Read More ...
Justin Trudeau says Donald Trump has always talked straight with him
2018-03-13 05:05:08 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says U.S. President Donald Trump is a straight shooter.Trudeau was a guest on Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday when the CNN host mentioned Trump’s flip-flop on gun control and asked whether Trudeau had full confidence he would stick to his word in their dealings.“He always has with me,” Trudeau said. “When we’ve agreed on things, he’s moved forward   Read More ...
Protestors emerge as Trump visits California border
2018-03-13 04:32:48 SAN DIEGO -- Numerous rallies both for-and-against Donald Trump's "big beautiful border wall" are expected to mark his first visit to California as president, where he will examine prototypes for future towering barriers to separate the United States and Mexico. Protests are also being planned across the border in Tijuana, Mexico on Tuesday when Trump will examine eight, 30-foot-tall prototypes built along the international border to fulfil his signature campaign promise   Read More ...
Trudeau: Canada's steel industry can breathe 'sigh of relief' after exemption
2018-03-13 04:07:00 Washington (CNN)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said he expects Canadians in the center of the steel industry can "breathe a sigh of relief" as trade talks continue between NAFTA members. Trump has railed against major global trading partners, most recently by imposing a tariff on steel and aluminum exports, but granted an exemption to Canada and Mexico as the three countries approach a reorganization of NAFTA, the trade agreement Trump has threatened to tear up   Read More ...
Doug Ford developing a ‘shorter and clearer’ PC election platform from scratch: adviser
2018-03-13 03:33:56 With just three months until the next provincial election, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party is going back to square one on its policy platform. While some parts of the platform developed by former leader Patrick Brown may survive, new chief Doug Ford is more or less starting from scratch, a source on his team said Monday. Out the window is the People’s Guarantee, the centre-right manifesto released by Brown last year   Read More ...
Draft Republican report: No co-ordination between Trump, Russia
2018-03-13 03:06:22 House intelligence committee's report is sure to please the White House and enrage panel Democrats Related Stories U.S. Republicans on a House of Representatives intelligence committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or co-ordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia. It's a finding that is sure to please the White House and enrage panel Democrats   Read More ...
Ottawa looks to settle with residential school survivors who were abused by other students
2018-03-13 03:06:17 Government has identified at least 240 former students who could now be eligible for compensation The Canadian government is pursuing settlements with former residential school residents who suffered student-on-student abuse and were left out of the compensation process, CBC News has confirmed. Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett will formally announce Tuesday that the government will set up a separate stream outside of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) to help those former students receive compensation   Read More ...
Draft GOP report: No co-ordination between Trump and Russia
2018-03-13 03:05:15 WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or co-ordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, a finding that pleased the White House but enraged Democrats who had not yet seen the document. After a yearlong investigation, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway announced Monday that the committee has finished interviewing witnesses and will share the report with Democrats for the first time Tuesday   Read More ...
Trump spoke with Canada's Trudeau about tariffs, NAFTA talks: White House
2018-03-13 02:44:16 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spoke on Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the steel and aluminum import tariffs Trump announced last week, the White House said. Trump also emphasized the importance of quickly concluding ongoing negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)“to ensure the vitality of United States and North American manufacturing industries and to protect the economic and national security of the United States,” the White House said in a statement   Read More ...
Kim Jong Un wants to sign peace treaty after meeting Trump, South Korean media reports
2018-03-13 02:04:29 (Bloomberg) — Kim Jong Un wants to sign a peace treaty after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean media reported, reviving a long-held goal of the North Korean regime. Kim is likely to raise the possibility of a peace treaty, along with establishing diplomatic relations and nuclear disarmament, during a meeting with the U.S. leader, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said Monday, citing an unidentified senior official in South Korea’s presidential office   Read More ...
Japanese government admits it falsified documents in scandal linked to PM Abe’s wife
2018-03-13 02:04:22 TOKYO — Japan’s Finance Ministry acknowledged Monday that it doctored documents in a widening scandal linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife that has rattled his government. The altered documents relate to the 2016 sale of state land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen in Osaka at one-seventh of the appraised price with the alleged involvement of first lady Akie Abe, who supported the school’s ultra-nationalistic education policy   Read More ...
Patrick Brown likely out as candidate under Doug Ford, Ontario PC sources say
2018-03-13 02:04:15 Whether he bows out on his own or is forced to do it, Patrick Brown will almost certainly not be running as a Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate under new leader Doug Ford, Tory sources said Monday. Meanwhile, Ford’s team is reviewing several other ridings where nomination results are in dispute, and may overturn some of them, sources said. If Brown does not run, it would mark the final chapter in his short, tumultuous career as a provincial PC legislator   Read More ...
House Republicans say no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump campaign, Russia
2018-03-13 01:34:20 Republicans on the House intelligence committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.The finding is sure to please the White House and enrage panel Democrats who have not yet seen the document. After a yearlong investigation, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway says the committee has finished conducting dozens of witness interviews and will share the report with Democrats on Tuesday   Read More ...
Doug Ford doesn't like Trump comparison but praises his policies
2018-03-13 01:34:15 Newly elected Ontario PC Party Leader Doug Ford pushed back against comparisons to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, but went on to praise some of Trump’s economic policies. “We’ve been in politics for 30 years, before even Donald Trump even existed,” said Ford, whose father was a PC MPP and whose brother Rob served as mayor of Toronto. “But I’ll tell you one thing,” Ford said in the interview on CTV’s Power Play   Read More ...
Slovak minister resigns, PM fights to save government
2018-03-13 00:07:50 Organizers plan more protests Friday, demanding accountability for journalist's death Related Stories Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalinak said on Monday he would resign, bowing to the demands of a junior coalition partner, as Prime Minister Robert Fico fights to save his government after mass protests following a journalist's murder. Fico is seeking to keep his three-party coalition together after the murder of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak shook the nation, stoked public anger over corruption and saw the biggest street protests in decades on Friday   Read More ...
Trump’s tariff reprieve small comfort to Canada’s steel town living on the edge
2018-03-13 00:06:14 HAMILTON, ONTARIO — A temporary exemption from U.S. tariffs is little comfort to the Canadian steel city of Hamilton, coping with months of uncertainty as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened a potentially devastating 25 per cent duty unless the North American Free Trade Agreement is renegotiated. Canadian negotiators are weighing the interests of the relatively small sector, responsible for about 22,000 direct Canadian jobs and $9   Read More ...
Wynne says voters have to choose between the ‘stark’ contrast of her and Doug Ford
2018-03-12 22:04:34 TORONTO — Ontario’s premier says voters will have a “stark” choice between her Liberal party and the Progressive Conservatives led by Doug Ford in the province’s spring election. Kathleen Wynne says Ford being made leader of the official Opposition this weekend won’t change how her party plans for the June vote, pitching herself as the candidate ready to invest in people   Read More ...
How big of an economic threat are Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs?
2018-03-12 21:08:24 The global steel industry accounts for less than two per cent of world trade Related Stories U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminum have several countries around the world frantically trying to seek an exemption from the world's biggest economy on the trade tax. The European Union (EU), Japan and Australia are among others asking to be exempt from the proposed import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent of aluminum   Read More ...
Doug Ford says he's ready for attack ads during Ontario election campaign
2018-03-12 21:04:25 Doug Ford says he’ll be ready if this spring’s provincial election campaign gets personal. The newly-named leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives was asked on CP24 Monday about the possibility that the other parties may choose to use attack ads during the campaign to try to discredit him. “Our family has been an open book and I’ve been used to the smearing before,” Ford responded   Read More ...
Meghan Markle makes first appearance with Queen Elizabeth
2018-03-12 20:15:48 LONDON — Prince Harry’s bride-to-be has made her first public appearance with Queen Elizabeth II. Meghan Markle joined the queen and other senior royals Monday at the Commonwealth Day service at London’s Westminster Abbey. The Queen receives a posy at the end of this year's #CommonwealthDay service at @Wabbey. pic.twitter.com/lVQWe410cN. — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) It marked another milestone in Markle’s path to joining the British monarch’s family   Read More ...
After steel tariff battle, Trudeau heads out on cross-country factory tour
2018-03-12 18:07:30 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has begun a cross-country tour of aluminum and steel factories with a visit to Quebec’s Saguenay region.Trudeau is meeting this morning with stakeholders in the aluminum industry in the region about 250 kilometres north of Quebec City.Other stops will include Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Regina. Both industries are facing uncertainty after U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on the rest of the world last week   Read More ...
Trudeau to kick off tour of steel and aluminum factories in Quebec
2018-03-12 15:09:46 About 85 per cent of Canadian steel and aluminum exports are destined to the U.S. Related Stories Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is kicking off a tour of aluminum and steel factories today with a visit to Quebec's Saguenay region. The prime minister will meet with both bosses and union leaders at a Rio Tinto aluminum factory in Jonquiere, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City   Read More ...
Putin says he approved plan to shoot down plane in 2014
2018-03-12 14:36:09 MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he approved of a plan to shoot down a hijacked passenger jet in 2014. A Ukrainian man tried to hijack a Turkey-bound flight and demand that it go to Sochi as the Winter Olympics were about to start there. The pilot instead tricked the man, who was drunk and falsely claimed he had a bomb, and landed in Istanbul   Read More ...
Opinion: Trudeau's Liberals are faltering on foreign policy
2018-03-12 14:06:19 At the midpoint between its ascent to power and the next federal election, the Trudeau government gets an overall grade of B- on its foreign policy, having improved in some areas while underperforming in others. The government’s actions and rhetoric have been inconsistent and, at times, contradictory, focused on messaging and advancing the Liberal brand more than fixing real problems. These are the findings from our Foreign Policy Report Card, produced annually by the School of International Affairs and the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal   Read More ...
Trump backs off push for raising assault rifle purchase age
2018-03-12 13:34:45 WASHINGTON -- The White House unveiled a new plan to prevent school shootings that backs off President Donald Trump's support for increasing the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21. Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue as part of a package the White House announced Sunday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead   Read More ...
North Korea still silent on planned meeting with Donald Trump
2018-03-12 13:04:59 News of the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent shockwaves around the globe. But in North Korea — as of Monday, several days after the announcement — not a word about it had been reported by the state-run media. Pyongyang has been surprisingly quiet on the slew of momentous, and possibly even historic, events that have come in quick succession over the past few months   Read More ...
Groups push Canadian government for mefloquine answers
2018-03-12 12:12:47 The anti-malaria drug mefloquine is back in the news. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been asked to reopen the Somalia Commission of Inquiry and investigate the role of the drug in the death of Shidane Arone. As the 25th anniversary of the tragedy approaches, The Quinism Foundation and its executive director, Dr. Remington Nevin, have appealed to Trudeau to have the Canadian government reopen an inquiry that could clear the names of Canadian soldiers and the Canadian Airborne Regiment sent to Somalia at the end of 1992   Read More ...
Feds to launch first review of nation’s port authorities with focus on security, innovation
2018-03-12 11:32:32 OTTAWA — The federal government is launching the first review of Canada’s port authorities since they were established 20 years ago, with the aim of improving their efficiency and innovation, upgrading security, and strengthening consultations with local communities and Indigenous groups. Ports are a crucial part of Canada’s trade infrastructure, handling almost $90 billion of Canada’s exports to world markets (or 17 per cent) and $110 billion of Canada’s total imports (21 per cent) in 2017   Read More ...
Uhuru, Raila lead Kenyans in praising Shujaas after Canada 7s
2018-03-12 10:09:01 President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga have praised the Kenyan rugby team for its gallant performance at Canada 7s. The two sides met in a cup final for the second time after facing each other two seasons ago in Singapore, a match in which Kenya won its first IRB trophy. In his message on Twitter, the President said: "Well done Kenya Sevens for the confident and gallant performance at the Canada7s tournament   Read More ...
'Disruption, distraction and dysfunction': What Doug Ford's Ontario PC leadership could mean for Canada
2018-03-12 09:05:29 Ford elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario after contentious leadership race Related Stories Saturday's Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership convention was supposed to close a chaotic six-week chapter in the party's history, providing a smooth transition into the campaign leading into the June election. But the process was disorganized, the vote hours late and then briefly contested by Christine Elliott, the candidate who finished second   Read More ...
Trump backs off push for raising assault rifle purchase age
2018-03-12 06:33:02 WASHINGTON - The White House has unveiled a new plan to prevent school shootings that backs off U.S. President Donald Trump's support for increasing the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21. Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue as part of a package the White House announced Sunday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead   Read More ...
China's Xi Jinping gets expanded mandate, may rule for life
2018-03-12 04:32:03 BEIJING - Xi Jinping, already China's most powerful leader in more than a generation, received a vastly expanded mandate as lawmakers Sunday abolished presidential term limits that had been in place for more than 35 years and wrote his political philosophy into the country's constitution. In one swift vote, the rubber-stamp legislature opened up the possibility of Xi being president for life, returning China to the one-man-rule system that prevailed during the era of Mao Zedong and the emperors who preceded him   Read More ...
‘Keep America Great’: Trump previews 2020 campaign at Pennsylvania rally
2018-03-12 03:03:18 Donald Trump has offered a preview of his 2020 election campaign with a rambling speech to supporters during which he announced his slogan will be “Keep America Great!” At a rally in the industrial heartland of Pennsylvania at the weekend, he touched on familiar themes: Railing against European Union tariffs and the news media, promising the “greatest deal” with North Korea and praising foreign leaders who impose the death penalty for drug dealing   Read More ...
China makes historic move to allow Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely
2018-03-12 02:06:14 BEIJING — China’s rubber-stamp lawmakers on Sunday passed a historic constitutional amendment abolishing a presidential two-term limit that will enable Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. The amendment upends a system enacted by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 to prevent a return to the bloody excesses of a lifelong dictatorship typified by Mao Zedong’s chaotic 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution. “This marks the biggest regression in China’s legal system since the reform and opening-up era of the 1980s,” said Zhang Lifan, an independent Beijing-based political commentator   Read More ...
White House plan includes gun training for teachers
2018-03-12 02:03:20 WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to combat school shootings will include helping states pay for firearms training for teachers and a call to improve the background check system. But Trump's plan will not include a push to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons or an embrace of more comprehensive background checks, as Trump has at times advocated   Read More ...
Vladimir Putin says his grandfather worked as a cook for Lenin and Stalin
2018-03-12 00:31:51 Vladimir Putin’s paternal grandfather worked as a cook for both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the president said in a film posted on the internet on Sunday. In the two-hour documentary, called Putin, the president said Spiridon Putin was a valued member of Stalin’s staff. The wartime Soviet leader, who died in 1953, conducted extensive purges during his around three decades in power   Read More ...