Politics

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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Economic unknowns to play a big role in federal budget plans

The Trudeau government will chart the next segment of its mandate this week in what’s expected to be a modest budget — but the omnipresent economic unknowns in the U.S. could eventually force Ottawa from a steady-as-she-goes course. For now, the stronger U.S. economy is benefiting Canada. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will present the country’s budget Wednesday amid a brightening outlook, ...

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One day after decisive victory, new PC Leader Jason Kenney gets to work

Jason Kenney will hold his first news conference as Alberta Progressive Conservative leader Sunday, one day after he captured 75 per cent of the votes cast at the party’s leadership convention in Calgary. CBC will be live streaming the event, which is scheduled to get underway at 1:30 p.m. local time. Kenney, who was elected on a platform of uniting ...

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For Jason Kenney, now the real work begins

​Jason Kenney just orchestrated what some PCs are calling a hostile takeover of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta. It’s taken almost a year of planning and hard work. He says he drove 65,000 kilometres in that blue pickup truck. Now he’s the PC leader. He has won a job that pays him nothing. The party confirms it will not pay ...

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Supreme Court to hear ‘honour killing’ extradition case

A long-running legal battle heads to the Supreme Court on Monday as two B.C. residents accused of arranging the honour-killing of a young relative in India continue to fight the federal government’s efforts to extradite them. Jaswinder (Jassi) Sidhu was found dead in a canal in India in 2000. India has been trying for years to extradite Malkit Sidhu and Surjit Badesha, both of Maple ...

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Internal review questions number of diplomatic passports

Federal officials are raising questions about whether Canada should be issuing so many diplomatic passports each year, including some to retired officials who perform no diplomacy. The problem arises from “unclear, inconsistent or outdated eligibility provisions,” according to an internal document from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which runs the passport program. A formal review of the program began in ...

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Voting underway to choose next Alberta PC leader

Voting is now underway in Calgary to elect the next leader, and possibly last, leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party. Former MP and federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney, Alberta PC MLA Richard Starke and Calgary lawyer Byron Nelson are vying to replace the late Jim Prentice as the party’s permanent leader. Results of the first ballot are expected ...

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Jason Kenney wins Alberta PC leadership on first ballot

Former MP and federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney is the new leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party. “Today we have chosen the future. Today we have chosen hope. Today we have chosen unity. Today, It’s springtime in Alberta,” Kenney said to loud cheers from the crowd of 2,000 at the Telus Convention Centre in downtown Calgary. Kenney won the ...

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Canada has detained more Mexican refugees in two months than in all of 2016

The Canada Border Services Agency detained more Mexican migrants in the first two months of 2017 than it did in all of 2016, new statistics show. According to the CBSA, 444 Mexicans had been detained in Canada as of March 9. In 2016, 410 Mexicans were held by Canadian border officials. The spike comes immediately after Canada’s federal government lifted its ...

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