Politics

Revenge of the comment section: Will CETA really benefit ordinary Canadians?

After years of negotiations, Canada is finally getting its deal with the European Union. Polls suggest that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has majority support, but some CBC commenters aren’t sold on its merits. Politicians have called it “a deal for the people,” but is it really? Check out the comments below.  A Gouda deal Does this mean we can all stop ...

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Trudeau’s Europe trip dominated by trade and Trump

Justin Trudeau ended his European visit with a keynote speech at a black tie dinner during which he warned an audience of Germany’s business and political elite that corporate practices had to change if future trade deals were going to be possible. Speaking to a sea of tuxedoes and ball gowns — and wearing a tuxedo himself — Trudeau sharpened his now ...

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MPP wants Ontario legislature to hold its own debate on Islamophobia

The furor in the House of Commons over a motion condemning Islamophobia is prompting a similar debate in the Ontario legislature next week. Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers sent a letter to other members on Friday asking that they support a motion that she intends to introduce next Thursday. It calls for the House to condemn all forms of Islamophobia. ...

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Conservative leadership hopefuls in B.C. for back-to-back debates

The travelling Conservative leadership contest heads west this weekend and is expected to draw some big crowds at a pair of back-to-back debates in B.C.’s Lower Mainland. The first, dubbed the ‘Debate in the Valley,’ sold out a week ahead of time. It will be moderated by Senator Yonah Martin and is set for Langley at 1 p.m. PT at Darvonda Nurseries located at 6690 – 216 ...

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Former NDP, Bloc MP displays membership in far right Quebec group La Meute

Former MP Claude Patry appears to be an active member of Quebec’s secretive far right group, La Meute. Patry won the Jonquière-Alma riding as part of the NDP’s “orange wave” in Quebec in the 2011 election. In 2013 he left to join the Bloc Québécois. He only served one term, ending in 2015. Patry posted a photo of himself with the La Meute wolf paw logo on his Facebook page earlier ...

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Vice-Admiral Mark Norman owed the ‘decency’ of silence while system works: Vance

The country’s top military commander delivered a heartfelt appeal for privacy and an end to the speculation surrounding the fate of his deputy. Gen. Jonathan Vance, speaking to reporters Friday, said the extraordinary situation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman requires him to maintain a dignified silence. He once again refused to explain why he ordered Norman suspended a month ago and ...

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Anti-Islamophobia debate might define both Liberals and Conservatives

Appearing before reporters earlier this week to explain that the Liberal government would be putting its authority behind a Liberal MP’s motion calling for a parliamentary condemnation and study of Islamophobia, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said a “question of leadership” was at hand. She returned to the theme Thursday as she explained why the Liberals would not support a Conservative counter-proposal that drops references to ...

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To take advantage of coming agriculture ‘revolution’ Canada needs investment, says expert

A leading Canadian agri-food expert says Canada has an opportunity to significantly boost its gross domestic product and be a key player in the coming agriculture-industrial revolution but the sector needs investment from the federal government to take advantage of the opportunity.  “Agriculture really is at the cusp of a new industrial revolution…This is Canada’s moment to take advantage of a huge opportunity,” Evan ...

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Canada’s top general is asked about getting equipment fitted especially for women

Canada’s diminutive top soldier told a compact female cadet that he can relate to womens’ complaints about oversized body armour and other kit designed for larger men. “Listen, I hear you sister. I’m like five seven, I’ve been chaffing against this stuff my whole career too,” he told Officer Cadet Melissa Sanfacon at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute 2017 Ottawa ...

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Police offer extra protection to MP Iqra Khalid following threatening messages

Police say they are offering increased protection to a Liberal MP and are investigating potentially threatening messages sent to her office after she put forward a motion in the House of Commons condemning Islamophobia. Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid tabled private member’s motion M-103 calling on the federal government to eliminate “Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” ...

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