Politics

Justin Trudeau faces heat over decision to speak French only at town hall

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in retrospect, maybe he should have answered in English when asked questions in that language at last night’s town hall meeting in Sherbrooke, Que. The prime minister at first defended his decision to respond to questions only in French, including one about anglophone access to mental health services, when asked about it at a news conference this ...

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Ex-army commander Andrew Leslie to play key role in dealing with Trump administration

Retired army commander Andrew Leslie has been appointed parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, and will take on “special responsibilities” for the crucial Canada-U.S. relations file. A news release from the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Leslie, MP for the Ontario riding of Orléans, will play “a critical role in building ties with the new U.S. administration.” “As a ...

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Justin Trudeau speaks only French at Sherbrooke town hall, despite English questions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answered questions ranging from local concerns about public transit to tabling new federal pot legislation at Tuesday night’s town hall in Sherbrooke, Que., and he answered them all in French — because, he said, “we’re in Quebec.” A woman asked in English what would be done to help Anglo-Quebecers seeking mental health services when those services are only available in French. “Thank you for ...

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