Politics

Canadian military works to iron out challenges ahead of Latvia deployment

Some NATO allies are calling it “Noah’s Ark.” The description of the Canadian-led battle group being assembled in Latvia this summer is more than just a cheeky reference to the disparate collection of nations that make up the force of 1,500 heavily-armoured troops. It underlines some of the very real challenges military planners face, including how much intelligence data Canadians ...

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Toronto lawyer says he is no longer representing Senator Don Meredith

Toronto lawyer Selwyn Pieters announced on Twitter Monday that he is no longer representing Senator Don Meredith in his ethics case with the upper chamber as it reviews an internal report detailing the senator’s relationship with a teenager.  Earlier this month the Senate’s ethics watchdog found that Meredith, a Toronto-based senator, breached the Red Chamber’s ethics code by engaging in an inappropriate sexual ...

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‘Nothing good’ about residential school system, Anglican Church tells Senator Beyak

Leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada have penned a strongly worded letter to Lynn Beyak, the Conservative senator who recently mounted a defence of the Indian residential school system, to denounce her remarks and take ownership of the atrocities committed in the church-run schools. In a letter sent Monday, church leaders said they were “dismayed” that Beyak would try and shed ...

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Stephen Harper’s ex-spokesman admits he wrongly suggested Muslim group had terrorist ties

Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s one-time communications director admits he was inaccurate when he suggested a Canadian Muslim group had ties to a terrorist organization. Jason MacDonald makes the admission as part of a settlement in a libel suit launched two years ago by the National Council of Canadian Muslims. The lawsuit was prompted by comments MacDonald made to the ...

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Cut out the cardboard cut-outs of Trudeau, Canadian diplomats told

Canada’s diplomats have been told to stop using life-size, cardboard cut-outs of Justin Trudeau at promotional events. Stand-up images of the prime minister have appeared at Canadian events in the United States, attracting visitors, many of whom have snapped fake-Trudeau selfies and then posted them on social media. Global Affairs Canada ordered this cut-out of Trudeau for a Canada Day ...

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Failing to extradite pair for ‘honour killing’ trial would undermine global justice, government lawyer says

Canada could undermine the global justice system by failing to extradite a pair accused of orchestrating the honour killing of a 25-year-old B.C. woman, a government lawyer argued today before the Supreme Court of Canada. Janet Henchey, a lawyer for the Attorney General of Canada, made the case to extradite two B.C. residents to India to face trial for their ...

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Lisa Raitt calls for Conservative leadership ‘cheaters’ to be expelled

Conservative leadership contender Lisa Raitt is calling on the party to expel any candidate who has broken the party’s rules and levy “significant” fines on their campaigns. The call comes amid a flurry of allegations of membership fraud and vote buying and a series of barbs traded between the Maxime Bernier and Kevin O’Leary camps as the race to replace Stephen Harper ...

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Tortured in Syria, Abdullah Almalki hails long-sought apology as ‘victory for Canada’

An Ottawa man who was falsely imprisoned in Syria for nearly two years says he’s hoping last week’s apology and settlement from the federal government will help him finally move on with his life. “My family and I are very pleased to receive this long-fought-for apology,” Abdullah Almalki told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning on Monday. “This is a victory for Canada. ...

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Liberals urged to scrap 19th century rule that requires laws be printed in books

An obscure statute dating from Confederation has Parliament frozen in time, forcing the government to print every new law on old-fashioned paper. Bureaucrats want to ditch those rules, end the costly printing and make digital versions the new standard — but the Liberal government has yet to decide whether to break with tradition. At issue is the Publication of Statutes ...

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