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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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CANADA POLITICS: Armenian-Canadians to Trudeau: Cancel Armoured Vehicles Export to Azerbaijan

CANADA POLITICS: Armenian-Canadians to Trudeau: Cancel Armoured Vehicles Export to Azerbaijan

Chahé Tanachian, the Montreal-based president of the Canadian-Armenian Political Affairs Committee, the lobbying arm of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), one of the oldest and largest Armenian diaspora organizations, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express the community’s concerns:

“Canadians of Armenian descent and human rights activists throughout the country are dismayed by Global Affairs Canada’s recent approval of the export of Canadian-made armoured personnel carriers (produced by INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing) to Azerbaijan. The decision to furnish arms to a country which regularly threatens peace in the region is one that violates all the principles that we as Canadians stand for, and which Global Affairs Canada seeks to promote in the world.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

“Canada will uphold and preserve the elements in NAFTA that Canadians deem key to our national interest – including a process to ensure anti-dumping and countervailing duties are only applied fairly when truly warranted,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a speech at the University of Ottawa.

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CANADA POLITICS: Iqra Khalid Biography

CANADA POLITICS: Iqra Khalid Biography

Iqra Khalid, a Pakistani-Canadian woman said: “… When fresh boundaries were being drawn out to create an electoral constituency in Mississauga, my name came up in casual conversation to represent Mississauga-Erin Mills.” Second generation women of colour are grossly under-represented in Canada’s parliament and her peers thought Khalid would do well representing this constituency as a Liberal candidate.

“I figured one has to start somewhere. You get out there and the more you listen and work toward fulfilling your obligation, the community will trust you. My constituency has a majority of minorities and different communities live besides each other, but they don’t live with each other. We need to connect with our neighbours and I want to make that happen.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Quebec Border Camp Swells With Asylum Seekers From US, Many Haitian

CANADA POLITICS: Quebec Border Camp Swells With Asylum Seekers From US, Many Haitian

Most of the recent arrivals have been Haitians, officials say, who fear they will be deported from the U.S. as their “temporary protected status,” which granted more than 50,000 Haitians residency in the U.S. after the 2010 earthquake, is set to expire in January. Spurred by false accounts of guaranteed residency in Canada, they made for the border.

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CANADA POLITICS: North Korea Releases Rim Hyon Su on ‘Humanitarian’ Grounds

CANADA POLITICS: North Korea Releases Rim Hyon Su on ‘Humanitarian’ Grounds

“Rim Hyon Su, a Canadian civilian, was released on sick bail according to the decision of the Central Court of the DPRK on August 9, 2017, from the humanitarian viewpoint,” KCNA said, using the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau ‘Very Hopeful’ of Getting US Softwood Lumber Deal

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau ‘Very Hopeful’ of Getting US Softwood Lumber Deal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “As we embark on the NAFTA renegotiations and improvements, people know that this is one that we need to make sure that we are settling right.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Says Taking Reports About Saudi Abuse ‘Very Seriously’

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Says Taking Reports About Saudi Abuse ‘Very Seriously’

“We are looking at these claims very seriously… and have immediately launched a review,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Saudi Using Canadian Armored Vehicles in Crackdown on Shias: Report

CANADA POLITICS: Saudi Using Canadian Armored Vehicles in Crackdown on Shias: Report

Saudi Arabia is one of the largest arms importers in the world.

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