Politics

Ottawa to overhaul victims’ fund, where administrative costs far outstrip benefits

A federal fund designed to give financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone missing has spent more than 14 times as much on administration costs as it has on actual grants. Internal government documents obtained by The Canadian Press show that the fund has doled out $170,000 in grants as of March 2015, while at the ...

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Atlantic Canada premiers talk U.S. trade at western Newfoundland meeting

Three of the four Atlantic Canadian premiers gathered for meetings on Newfoundland’s west coast Monday talk about business growth and international trade.  “National trade and what’s happening south of the border dominated a lot of our discussions, ” said Newfoundland and Labrador’s Dwight Ball, who is hosting the session.  New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant and P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLaughlan met with Ball in Steady Brook at ...

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A quarter of Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll shows

A significant minority of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high and one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel ban. Those are just two of the findings in a new Angus Reid poll that looked at Canadian’s attitudes towards the federal government’s handling of refugees. Overall, 47 per cent ...

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Two Tory MPs call on Ottawa to stop irregular Canada-U.S. border crossings

Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people irregularly crossing the United States border into Canada. Michelle Rempel and Tony Clement tweeted on Sunday that the crossings are unsafe and place a burden on local law enforcement. “The government must respond to this situation in a way that keeps Canadians safe, ...

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Kenney works to consolidate lead as Alberta PC leader race enters homestretch

The Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race is in the homestretch and front-runner Jason Kenney says he’s still running like he’s 10 votes behind, but he’s also looking past voting day. “I’m (now) on a month-long tour around the province to meet with as many elected PC delegates as I can,” said Kenney in an interview. “(It’s) just to strengthen my ...

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Vancouver hosts 2nd B.C. debate for Conservative leadership candidates

The second of two back-to-back debates for Conservative leadership candidates is set for Sunday afternoon in Vancouver. Organizers say “candidates will engage in a series of one-on-one debates” as well as smaller group debates at the Vogue Theatre downtown, beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Kirk LaPointe, who ran for Vancouver mayor in 2014, will act as moderator. He’s also a former journalist and CBC ombudsman. Bored ...

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Brian Mulroney sings for Donald Trump

New Former Canadian PM performs When Irish Eyes Are Smiling at cancer research gala CBC News Posted: Feb 19, 2017 12:36 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 19, 2017 12:43 PM ET Related Stories Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, attending a fundraising gala with Donald Trump, was called to the stage Saturday night to sing a tune he performed alongside another ...

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Conservative leadership hopefuls draw crowd of 600 to Langley, B.C., debate

Opposition to safe injection sites, ideas for a two-tiered health care system and Islamophobia, along with jobs and the economy, were alll topics touched on by 12 of 14 of the federal Conservative leadership candidates in the first of two back-to-back B.C. debates. The Langley debate, hosted by a local nursery, sold out a week in advance and was dubbed, ...

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Federal Ottawa-Vanier byelection happening April 3

Ottawa-Vanier will elect a replacement for Mauril Bélanger on April 3, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. Bélanger represented the urban riding for the Liberals from February 1995 until August 2016, when he died less than a year after announcing he had been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Those running to replace him include: Nirmala Dookeran for the Green ...

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‘Broken promise that will cost lives’: Government has yet to resettle any Yazidi victims of ISIS

The Liberal government is set to unveil its resettlement plan for Yazidi victims of ISIS, but as a one-week deadline looms, the federal program has not yet brought in a single survivor. On Oct. 25, MPs unanimously adopted a Conservative motion to formally declare ISIS persecution of Yazidis a genocide and promised to bring refugees fleeing the violence to Canada within four months. With the ...

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