Politics

Trudeau forced to defend Morneau’s decision not to put business shares in a blind trust

In question period on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his finance minister’s decision not to put tens of millions of dollars’ worth of shares in his company into a blind trust before joining the federal cabinet. Trudeau took every question, as has become convention in the House of Commons on Wednesdays, and all but a few were about the conflict of ...

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Outspoken Mountie who won’t shave goatee removed from regular duty

An RCMP officer who was reprimanded last week for voicing displeasure about senior management has now been assigned administrative duties because he’s refusing to shave off his goatee. Cpl. Pat Bouchard first got into hot water after speaking to CBC News outside the Moncton, N.B. courthouse on Sept. 29, when the RCMP was found guilty of breaking the Canada Labour Code in connection ...

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Alleged Amanda Lindhout kidnapper tries to explain inconsistencies, despite taped evidence

In the last day of testimony in the Amanda Lindhout kidnapping trial, the Crown poked holes in the story of the alleged negotiator who handled many of the details of the ransom payment that led to the Canadian journalist’s release. Ali Omar Ader, the Somali man lured to Canada by an undercover RCMP officer promising a book deal, told Ontario Superior ...

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Jagmeet Singh hopeful Quebec’s controversial Bill 62 will be overturned

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he’s “completely opposed” to Quebec’s new and controversial law that would effectively force Muslim women who wear a niqab or burka to uncover their faces to use or provide public services, but he’s confident the legislation will be challenged. The provincial government’s Bill 62 on religious neutrality passed a vote Wednesday morning in Quebec’s ...

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Liberals continue tax change tour, narrow scope of passive-income measure

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is continuing to pull and pluck away at his government’s controversial tax regime proposals, this time promising to adjust the rules on passive income so only three per cent of the “most wealthy” privately owned corporations will have to pay higher taxes. Morneau announced the latest tweak to his proposed tax changes at a cafe in ...

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U.S. Democrats slam Arctic drilling plan as ‘polar payout’ to Big Oil

Democrats and environmental groups denounced a Republican plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying it would defile a crown jewel of U.S. wilderness to promote oil exports to China and other nations.

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‘We are less as a country’: Politicians pay tribute to Gord Downie

Politicians are paying tribute to Canadian icon Gord Downie following his passing, praising him as a musical legend, loving man and strong advocate for reconciliation with Indigenous people. The Tragically Hip frontman died Tuesday night at age 53. He was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer in 2015.  Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie greets Prime ...

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Bill Morneau set to unveil more federal small business tax changes

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is set to outline federal help for small businesses at an event in Hampton, N.B., on Wednesday morning. The federal finance minister is expected to make the announcement at 10 a.m. AT. Morneau is planning to unveil changes to his passive investment proposal so that it only targets unfair tax advantages used by the wealthy, a senior ...

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