Canada Politics & Government
Zimbabwean politician dies in Canadian helicopter crash
Donald Trump is prepared to deploy troops for attack on North Korea
Under White House orders, Steve Bannon refuses to answer House committee questions
Kathleen Wynne to shuffle senior cabinet positions with Ontario election looming in June
Donald Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by an immigrant to Canada
Trudeau defends Canada's position on Jerusalem at United Nations
Ethnic tensions raised as leading Kosovo Serb politician assassinated, halting talks
Health minister's Twitter account highlights cost of government tweeting
2018-01-19 12:09:56 Canada's health minister launched her official Twitter account last summer, and after five months posted about 250 tweets. CBC News has learned that the account requires the equivalent of 1.5 staff members to run, with at least $6,500 in overtime costs so far.   Read More ...
U.S. Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown
2018-01-19 09:10:03 Democrats demand protections for "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children Related Stories A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan staredown over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that passed the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown   Read More ...
Zimbabwean politician dies in Canadian helicopter crash
2018-01-19 08:15:55 FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwe opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)'s treasurer Roy Bennett leaves the High Court building in Harare, November 12, 2009. Exiled Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett and four other people were killed in a helicopter crash in a remote northern part of the US state of New Mexico. According to Reuters, the crash occurred in rugged terrain near Raton‚ New Mexico   Read More ...
Sorbara won't lead re-election campaign: Wynne
2018-01-19 08:14:58 Pat Sorbara is off the election team, Premier Kathleen Wynne says. Sorbara was charged following allegations by a Sudbury byelection candidate that he had been offered a bribe in the form of a job or position to step aside, clearing the way for then-NDP MP Glenn Thibeault to run and win the riding for the Liberals. At the time, Sorbara was the premier’s chief of staff   Read More ...
Trump appears unyielding on Mexican wall, despite chief of staff's comments
2018-01-19 06:26:21 Trump comments come after report chief of staff John Kelly said president had been uninformed on wall U.S. President Donald Trump insisted Thursday in a series of tweets his views on a border wall with Mexico have not evolved, pushing back against his own chief of staff's comments to lawmakers. Trump said on Twitter: "The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it   Read More ...
New Zimbabwe president says election could be held in May or June
2018-01-19 06:25:01 Mnangagwa to be at World Economic Forum, no doubt looking to shore up legitimacy after Mugabe rule Related Stories Zimbabwe's president says elections will be in May or June, as he faces pressure at home and abroad to deliver a credible vote to cement his legitimacy. President Emmerson Mnangagwa took power from longtime ruler Robert Mugabe with the military's help in November, and this will be the first election without Mugabe since Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980   Read More ...
U.S. Senate approves NSA surveillance program extension
2018-01-19 06:24:53 Donald Trump expected to sign off despite his confusing The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew a critical foreign intelligence collection program dubbed the "holy grail" because it allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad. he Senate voted 65-34 to reauthorize the program for six years. The bill, which already has been passed by the House, now heads to the White House, where President Donald Trump has said he will sign it into law, despite issuing a tweet last week that confused legislators hours before the House vote   Read More ...
To end 'whining and moaning' over Brexit, Nigel Farage proposes referendum re-do
2018-01-19 06:24:27 Former UKIP leader said second referendum would stop debate 'for a generation' Margaret Evans is a correspondent based in the CBC News London bureau. A veteran conflict reporter, Evans has covered civil wars and strife in Angola, Chad and Sudan, as well as the myriad battlefields of the Middle East. Related Stories Talk of a second referendum in the charged aftermath of Britain's decision to leave the European Union has picked up steam here in recent days from an unlikely quarter: Mr   Read More ...
Members of far-right Storm Alliance attend Trudeau's town hall in Quebec City
2018-01-19 06:23:45 PM has touted tour as a chance to escape 'Ottawa bubble' and meet with Canadians Related Stories Prime Minister Justin Trudeau swung into Quebec City for the second leg of his cross-country town hall tour Thursday, fielding questions on the state of Canada's immigration system and how to combat racism as members of a far-right group looked on. In the crowd at École secondaire De Rochebelle were about 10 members of the Storm Alliance — a group that identifies as "ultranationalist" but which claims to eschew ties to far-right white nationalists   Read More ...
U.S. House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim
2018-01-19 06:23:34 'Democrats want a shutdown,' Trump says as Friday night deadline looms Related Stories A divided U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to prevent a government shutdown after an 11th-hour deal brought conservatives aboard. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a Friday night deadline   Read More ...
A look at the cognitive test that Trump aced — and why it's 'not considered definitive'
2018-01-19 06:23:03 Montreal Cognitive Assessment 'only a 1st pass at cognition,' says Mayo Clinic neurologist Related Stories Drawing a clock. Counting backward by sevens. Rattling off words that begin with "F" before a minute's up. They may not sound like difficult tasks, but they're part of a cognitive exam that's getting a lot of attention because U.S. President Donald Trump aced it   Read More ...
New poll shows Americans don’t care what Canadians think of US leadership
2018-01-19 06:08:16 Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star on Thursday shared the results of a new Gallup survey that seems to show a nosedive in Canadians’ approval of U.S. leadership since President Trump took office. Gallup survey finds Canadian approval of US leadership plunged from 60% under Obama in 2016 to 20% under Trump in 2017, a record low. It's now 20% approve, 76% disapprove   Read More ...
Notley slams Opposition tax plan, says Kenney thinks Robin Hood 'scary movie'
2018-01-19 05:40:31 Premier Rachel Notley says the Opposition's proposal to return Alberta to a flat tax on income would deliver hundreds of millions of dollars to higher-income earners at the expense of everyone else.   Read More ...
Nova Scotia 'seriously considering' banning plastic bags: environment minister
2018-01-19 05:40:24 HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia's environment minister says he's "seriously considering" enacting a province-wide ban on plastic shopping bags -- a move that would make it the first province to do so. Iain Rankin said he was looking at all options to reduce the use of so-called film plastics, including an outright ban or fee on plastic bags. "Everything is on the table," he told reporters Thursday after a Liberal government cabinet meeting   Read More ...
White House physician says Trump's health is 'excellent'
2018-01-18 12:22:50 White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson reads out the first physical examination of U.S. President Donald Trump which he deemed as "excellent." For more: https://globalnews.ca/news/3968959/tr   Read More ...
Sen. Jeff Flake rips president Trump for his 'attack on truth'
2018-01-18 12:22:00 Republican senator Jeff Flake took to the Senate floor on Wednesday morning to criticize president Donald Trump's ongoing attack on the media and "the truth."   Read More ...
Trump era encouraging world dictators, human rights group says
2018-01-18 10:04:31 PARIS - Human Rights Watch says that new intolerance in countries like the United States is encouraging oppressive strongmen from Russia to China and Turkey. The advocacy group's annual report released Thursday says immigrant-bashing and other populist policies pose "an enormous threat" to hard-fought minority rights in democracies. The group's director, Kenneth Roth, singled out President Donald Trump, saying he "has broken all the taboos against racism, against misogyny, against xenophobia   Read More ...
Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says
2018-01-18 09:05:13 Trump says he gets exercise by playing golf, walking By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland, Thomson Reuters Posted: Jan 18, 2018 1:10 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 18, 2018 1:10 AM ET Related Stories Do not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to hit the gym, despite his doctor's orders. He gets plenty of exercise on the golf course and at the White House complex, the president told Reuters on Wednesday   Read More ...
Fact check: Trump unveils his ‘Fake News Awards’ but are they really examples of fake news?
2018-01-18 06:03:16 President Donald Trump announced the recipients of his so-called Fake News Awards, on Wednesday, his latest attack on the press that has drawn objections from within his own party. In a tweet, announcing “And the FAKE NEWS winners are . . . “Trump directed readers to the GOP.com website, which is run by the Republican National Committee. The New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC News and CNN were among the “winners” cited by Trump   Read More ...
Donald Trump says terminating NAFTA would yield the ‘best deal’ in renegotiations
2018-01-18 04:32:49 U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would result in the “best deal” to revamp the 24-year-old trade pact with Canada and Mexico in favor of U.S. interests. Lawmakers as well as agricultural and industrial groups have warned Trump not to quit NAFTA, but he said that may be the outcome. “A lot of people are going to be unhappy if I terminate NAFTA   Read More ...
Donald Trump announces ‘2017 Fake News Awards’ winners
2018-01-18 04:07:48 And the winners are … Donald Trump kept his pledge to announce the winners of the inaugural “2017 Fake News Awards” on Wednesday night. In a tweet, the U.S. president linked to a list of journalists and media organizations for their “unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news.” The first “recipient” of the night went to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, for his claim that on the day Trump won the 2016 election, the economy would never recover   Read More ...
Donald Trump medical results spawn ‘girther’ movement, $100,000 offer to step on scale
2018-01-18 03:04:42 On Tuesday, the doctor who gave Donald Trump a medical exam last week gave glowing reviews of the fitness of the U.S. president. “The president’s overall health is excellent,” said Navy doctor Ronny Jackson, who predicted Trump would remain healthy for the duration of his presidency despite a diet heavy on fast food and an exercise regime limited to weekend golf outings   Read More ...
John Ivison: Interest-rate hike could turn aspirational voters away from Trudeau’s Liberals
2018-01-18 02:03:41 Justin Trudeau was elected on a “fairness” ticket — in his words, “putting more money in the pockets of those who need it, instead of giving advantages and benefits to the wealthy.” But polls suggest Canadians are experiencing acute anxiety about their personal debt situations — and Wednesday’s interest-rate rise is likely to worsen circumstances for nearly half of all Canadians who say they are hovering close to financial insolvency   Read More ...
Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions
2018-01-18 00:07:45 Pyongyang's missile program getting 'closer every day,' U.S. president says Related Stories U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea," Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters   Read More ...
Wynne shuffles several senior cabinet posts ahead of election
2018-01-18 00:04:37 TORONTO -- Premier Kathleen Wynne shuffled several senior roles in her cabinet Wednesday as she prepares for a provincial election less than five months away. Deputy Premier and Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews, Treasury Board President Liz Sandals and Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid have all said they're not running in the June election, and Wynne is filling those jobs with politicians who are up for re-election   Read More ...
GOLDSTEIN: Why can’t politicians admit mistakes?
2018-01-17 23:10:28 What is it in the DNA of politicians that prevents them from admitting to even an honest mistake? Do they not understand how foolish they look when they don’t and how it contributes to public cynicism about politics? And, worst of all, that it undermines the very things they hoped to avoid in terms of public attitudes about important issues? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory all made an honest mistake when they assumed an 11-year-old Muslim girl’s account that she had twice been attacked in Toronto by an “Asian” man, who cut her hijab with scissors, was true   Read More ...
Donald Trump to speak as Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal
2018-01-17 21:33:20 WASHINGTON – Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal.The Kansas Republican, a decorated World War II veteran and his party’s 1996 presidential candidate, will receive Congress’ highest honour during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday. President Donald Trump plans to attend. Some of the award’s 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa. Dole is considered one of his party’s best dealmakers, a distinction Trump has given himself, as well   Read More ...
Republican senator blasts Trump's press attacks, recalls rhetoric of Stalin
2018-01-17 21:08:33 U.S. President Donald Trump's use of the terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" is "shameful" and reminiscent of words infamously used by Russian dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says in a speech on Capitol Hill.   Read More ...
Senate wants court to remove upper house from Duffy's $8M lawsuit
2018-01-17 21:08:21 If court finds in favour of Senate, Duffy would have to restrict his legal action to the RCMP Related Stories Lawyers representing the Senate will soon ask an Ontario court to remove it from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit launched by Sen. Mike Duffy, arguing its actions in the expenses scandal are protected by parliamentary privilege. A Senate spokesperson told CBC News on Wednesday that lawyers for the Red Chamber will make such an argument in court this week as it looks to extricate itself from a lawsuit the P   Read More ...
Donald Trump aced the Montreal Cognitive Assessment: here’s what the test looks like
2018-01-17 21:04:13 U.S. President Donald Trump is apparently is in good working order health-wise, according to the White House doctor, and – despite some questioning his mental stability – the president’s cognitive skills are perfect, the doctor says. Trump’s physician, Navy doctor Ronny Jackson, administered a medical checkup on Jan. 12. The doctor also said he administered the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), at Trump’s request, and the president aced it   Read More ...
U.K. government appoints 'Minister for Loneliness'
2018-01-17 21:04:00 In memory of British lawmaker Jo Cox, who was murdered by a right-wing extremist in 2016, the U.K. government has announced the appointment of a new “Minister of Loneliness.” Conservative MP Tracey Crouch was named to the post by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday. The recommendation for the appointment came from the Jo Cox Foundation, a registered charity that was set up in Cox’s memory after her death   Read More ...
Republican senator says Trump inspiring dictators, compares him to Stalin
2018-01-17 19:05:32 Republican senator says Trump enabling other dictators, compares him to Stalin. Republican Senator Jeff Flake condemned U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday for popularizing the “fake news” message and even compared him to the infamous Russian leader, Josef Stalin.ABOVE: Sen. Jeff Flake blasts Trump for using the Stalinist phrase “enemy of the people” to describe the free press. “2017 was a year which saw the truth – objective, empirical, evidence-based truth – more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government,” Flake said while speaking on the Senate floor   Read More ...
Catalan parliament meets for 1st time since election, but deep divisions remain
2018-01-17 18:10:02 Several politicians from pro-independence parties are in jail or outside Spain Catalonia's new parliament elected a pro-secession speaker, virtually guaranteeing that the chamber's push for independence for Spain's northeastern region will continue as its lawmakers prepare to elect a new government. Wednesday's opening session of the new Catalan assembly came amid looming questions about the role that fugitive and jailed politicians will play in the chamber's separatist majority and the future regional government   Read More ...
Ottawa long way from restarting or scrapping missing, murdered women inquiry: PM
2018-01-17 18:09:56 The executive director of the national inquiry left last week Related Stories Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is a long way from "starting over or scrapping" the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The federal government is monitoring the work of the federally funded commission and its staff to ensure they have the ability to do their jobs, Trudeau said in an interview this week   Read More ...
Child-care benefits need to be updated, says Canada-U.S. council on women in business
2018-01-17 18:09:11 Report was filed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump Related Stories Child-care benefits and other family policies need to be updated to help support women entrepreneurs grow their business, recommends the first report from the Canada-U.S. council on women in business. In its report to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump, the independent council recommends both governments look at ways to lower the cost of unpaid care   Read More ...
Donald Trump is prepared to deploy troops for attack on North Korea
2018-01-17 18:06:53 U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is “very seriously” considering military options for the North Korea nuclear stand-off, a Republican congressional chairman has revealed. Mac Thornberry, who heads up the House Armed Services Committee, told The Daily Telegraph that officials were looking into ammunition and deployment issues linked to military involvement. He said such efforts were not being undertaken for “token” reasons but because it was “prudent” to make such preparations, given the instability in the region   Read More ...
Doctor says Trump is 6-3, 239 pounds, and the Internet has so many athlete comparisons
2018-01-17 17:06:47 The results of President Donald Trump’s first formal medical exam since taking office were announced Tuesday, and the big news was that the physician involved, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, said the 71-year-old president received a perfect score on a cognitive test. However, other announced results were also of interest, particularly to those who couldn’t help but notice that Trump was listed at 6-3 and 239 pounds   Read More ...
Trump’s alleged use of racially charged slur prompts heated Senate debate
2018-01-17 16:33:58 U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, under intense questioning from Democratic senators, said on Tuesday she did not hear President Donald Trump use a vulgarity to describe African countries during an impassioned White House meeting last week. Nielsen’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee echoed statements she has made since the meeting on Thursday with Trump and Republican and Democratic legislators, which roiled the debate on an immigration law deal and generated accusations of racism toward Trump   Read More ...
FATAH: Trump doesn't understand the damage he's done
2018-01-17 16:15:08 No American president in recent history has faced as many obstacles from day one of his presidency as Donald J. Trump. But it must also be said no other president has inflicted more wounds on himself than The Donald. The American writer Edward Klein, writing in his latest book All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump, gives a credible account of how the Trump presidency was being set up for failure, months before he took his oath of office   Read More ...
Donald Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by an immigrant to Canada
2018-01-17 15:05:17 WASHINGTON — When the White House released the results of a test on Donald Trump’s mental aptitude Tuesday, showing he aced it without signs of cognitive decline, there was one person out there brimming with pride despite not knowing the president. That person was Ziad Nasreddine — who designed the test. The Lebanese-Canadian neurologist learned from a reporter Tuesday afternoon that the White House had selected the Montreal Cognitive Assessment to test the president’s faculties after days of speculation about his state   Read More ...