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CANADA POLITICS: Badly Shaken By Ethics Scandal Trudeau’s Government Offers to Reset Public Focus on Economy

CANADA POLITICS: Badly Shaken By Ethics Scandal Trudeau’s Government Offers to Reset Public Focus on Economy

Opposition parties from both the political left and right have seized on the ethics scandal, trying to tie Trudeau’s team to what they say is an entitled Liberal Party that has previously faced corruption charges.

“The opposition has changed the focus from substance to ethics, and they won’t let that go that easily,” said Genevieve Tellier, a political professor at the University of Ottawa.

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CANADA POLITICS: Quebec to Ban Face Coverings By Muslim Women

CANADA POLITICS: Quebec to Ban Face Coverings By Muslim Women

“We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters in the province’s National Assembly.

“We are in a free and democratic society. You speak to me, I should see your face, and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that,” he said.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it was deeply concerned by the law’s passage and was looking at its legal options.

“This legislation is an unjustified infringement of religious freedoms,” said executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

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CANADA POLITICS: US Creates More Tensions in NAFTA Talks

CANADA POLITICS: US Creates More Tensions in NAFTA Talks

The Trump administration says the clause, causing NAFTA to expire every five years unless all three countries agree it should continue, is to ensure the pact stays up to date. But Mexico and Canada insist there is no point updating the pact with such a threat hanging over it, arguing the clause would stunt investment by sowing too much uncertainty about the future of the agreement. The head of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector labor union, said it was clear the United States did not want a deal.

“NAFTA is not going anywhere. This thing is going into the toilet,” Jerry Dias told reporters on Thursday.

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CANADA POLITICS: Aboriginal Children Removed from Families to Get Compensation

CANADA POLITICS: Aboriginal Children Removed from Families to Get Compensation

Marcia Brown Martel, an aboriginal chief who led the campaign for compensation, lamented the “stealing of children” and noted some of those involved lived as far away as New Zealand.

“Think of it as a puzzle, a great big puzzle. Pieces, people are missing,” she told reporters.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Law ‘On Victims of Corrupt Foreign Governments’ Undermines International Law: Kosachev Russian Senator Says

CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Law ‘On Victims of Corrupt Foreign Governments’ Undermines International Law: Kosachev Russian Senator Says

Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said: “I even cannot decide which trait of this recently passed act is more bizarre – the blind imitation of their ‘big brother’ actions that makes the whole action a blatant parody or their bombastic yet still provincial claim for the status of a global ombudsman.”

“Who has empowered Canada with the right to do such things in the international arena, to decide who is corrupt in other nations and who is not, to apply repressive measures to foreign citizens?” Kosachev asked.

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CANADA POLITICS: Negotiators Weigh NAFTA Progress as Canada Fumes Over Bombardier

CANADA POLITICS: Negotiators Weigh NAFTA Progress as Canada Fumes Over Bombardier

“This is an unjust, punitive ruling,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters before the dinner, reiterating comments by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “The government of Canada cannot treat, as a trusted partner, a company which is attacking our aerospace sector,” she said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Liberal MPs Oppose Conservative Pick Rachael Harder

CANADA POLITICS: Liberal MPs Oppose Conservative Pick Rachael Harder

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denied he pressured his MPs to initiate the protest, but said he supported the move to boycott Harder.

“The fact is that the Liberal Party, and indeed this government, is unequivocal in our defence of women’s rights. We will always defend women’s rights … and quite frankly, one would hope that the committee for the status of women would have a spokesperson to stand up and unequivocally defend women’s rights. That is sort of the point of the status of women committee,” he told reporters.

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CANADA POLITICS: Chelsea Manning Denied Entry to Canada

CANADA POLITICS: Chelsea Manning Denied Entry to Canada

In 2013, Chelsea Manning was convicted on 20 counts, including six involving the Espionage Act, but was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. She announced her plans to transition shortly after her conviction.

In one of his last acts as president, Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence, and she was released from military prison in May after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

Manning, 29, refuted that comparison of charges online and said she would be challenging her Canadian denial at a future hearing.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Unlikely to Walk Away from NAFTA

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Unlikely to Walk Away from NAFTA

Since NAFTA came into force in 1994, supply chains have become so integrated that borders barely exist, especially for key sectors such as the auto industry.

“Is this the most important trade agreement for Canada? Damn right it is,” said Dennis Darby, president and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, adding that dismantling the deal would be like trying to “unwind a clock”.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

“We have been working hard … to correct past injustices and bring about a better quality of life for indigenous peoples in Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“Though this path is uncharted, I am confident that we will reach a place of reconciliation,” Trudeau later added.

Trudeau promised to move forward with a review of federal laws and policy, and to support indigenous self-determination.

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CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

The passport mess joins the botched Phoenix payroll system, the struggling email transformation initiative and the Canada.ca project as IT schemes inherited by the Liberal government that have bogged down in delays and cost over-runs.

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CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has maintained consistency on the issue of asylum-seekers.

“Canada welcomes immigrants… that said, there are laws and processes in place for people seeking asylum and our government is sending a clear message,” the spokesman said last month.

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CANADA POLITICS: Jagmeet Singh Example of Discrimination that Deters Minorities From Politics

CANADA POLITICS: Jagmeet Singh Example of Discrimination that Deters Minorities From Politics

NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh, who is Sikh, responds to the woman saying he supports and loves her, and that he won’t be intimidated by hate.

“Everyone in this room loves you, we all support you, we believe in your rights,” Jagmeet Singh said as she continued yelling at him in front of a crowd of supporters.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Slams North Korean Missile Testing, Asks United Nations to Step in

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Slams North Korean Missile Testing, Asks United Nations to Step in

North Korea announced this weekend that it had detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet, which it declared a “perfect success.”

Justin Trudeau also stated that Canada would continue to work with allies including South Korea, Japan, and the U.S., but did not provide more details on his government’s involvement.

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CANADA POLITICS: Liberal Tax Proposals Backfire

CANADA POLITICS: Liberal Tax Proposals Backfire

“There is a genuine outrage among people who have made all their financial calculations and planning based upon a certain set of tax assumptions and are now seeing those tax assumptions challenged,” said Toronto MP John McKay.

“I don’t know at this stage how locked-in the government is on their proposals, but I do know there is significant outrage among a relatively influential group of people.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet, Focuses on Aboriginal Woes

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet, Focuses on Aboriginal Woes

Trudeau, who took office in 2015 promising to repair ties with Canada’s 1.4 million aboriginals, said the former ministry had been designed in an earlier colonial era when governments dictated to indigenous peoples rather than talking to them.

“There’s a sense we have pushed the creaky old structures around (the ministry) about as far as they can go … it could not deliver the reconciliation that we need,” Trudeau told reporters after the reshuffle.

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CANADA POLITICS: US Will ‘Probably’ End NAFTA: Donald Trump

CANADA POLITICS: US Will ‘Probably’ End NAFTA: Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has already threatened earlier this year to end NAFTA. At the time Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office said “heated rhetoric” is common in trade negotiations, her officials had little to add in response to Trump’s Sunday tweet.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Frets Over Possible Huge Surge in Asylum-Seekers: Sources

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Frets Over Possible Huge Surge in Asylum-Seekers: Sources

Trudeau said Canada was enforcing immigration rules:

“We are an open and welcoming country because citizens have confidence in our immigration and refugee system and we have been able to continue to defend and protect the integrity of that system.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Rana Sarkar Not First Diplomat to be Paid Above Scale: Trudeau Office

CANADA POLITICS: Rana Sarkar Not First Diplomat to be Paid Above Scale: Trudeau Office

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins says no one’s questioning Rana Sarkar’s qualifications, or the importance of the kind of work he will be doing. But he says it’s clear he’s getting special treatment.

“The job comes with a salary range,” Calkins said. “And the PMO knows that. The issue here is another well-connected Liberal is being rewarded with taxpayers’ money.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Tackling Refugees Surge From United States

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Tackling Refugees Surge From United States

Most of the new arrivals are Haitians who face expulsion from the United States at the end of the year. Then, temporary asylum granted to 60,000 Haitians affected by a devastating 2010 earthquake is due to expire. Their numbers have soared from about 400 in May to 3,800 in the first weeks of August. Under a Canada-US agreement, asylum seekers traveling through the United States would be turned away at Canadian border checkpoints and told to file a refugee claim in the United States. The Canada-US border is the longest between any countries in the world. There are no fences along the vast stretches of dense forests and mountainous terrain, and security is relatively low.

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