Politics

Canada united, America divided on NAFTA as negotiations begin

When talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement kick off Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be negotiating on behalf of a country without any significant partisan split over the trade deal. That will not be the case for her American counterparts across the table. According to polls, an increasing majority of Canadians approve of the agreement that has been in place ...

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Does Canada take the threat of far-right extremism seriously?

Despite the recent racist violence in the U.S., and an increase in right-wing extremist activity here in Canada, experts disagree about whether Ottawa should make such groups a national security priority. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, Canada’s intelligence community has devoted much of its attention to preventing Islamist terrorism. While right-wing extremism, including the activities of neo-Nazi and other racist groups, is monitored by CSIS and ...

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Anishinabek leaders to enter into historic self-governing education system

Twenty-three Ontario Indigenous communities will sign historic agreements with the federal and provincial governments today in Chippewas of Rama First Nation to solidify plans for an Anishinabek-led education system. The accord will be the largest self-governing document in Canada, and will allow Anishinabek communities to take control of education funding, and decide what is taught and how for on-reserve students between junior kindergarten and ...

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Tension between The Rebel and conservatives erupts anew

The uneasy relationship between Canadian conservatives and controversial news outlet The Rebel garnered renewed attention Tuesday after one of the site’s co-founders and two of its contributors quit over its coverage of the Charlottesville protests. Co-founder Brian Lilley said he was no longer comfortable working with an organization increasingly linked with the alt-right, the name most commonly used to represent ...

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Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for Charlottesville violence

A combative U.S. President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them. The president’s comments effectively wiped away the more conventional statement he delivered at the White House one day earlier when he branded ...

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Modest money: small sums obscure more than 40 per cent of federal political donations

Since the 2015 election, Canadians have donated nearly $75 million to the five political parties with seats in the House of Commons — but federal law makes it impossible to tell where more than 40 per cent of it came from. The Canadian Press analyzed Elections Canada financial data on donations to parties between Oct. 20, 2015 — the day after ...

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Irish PM Leo Varadkar to march with Justin Trudeau in Montreal’s Pride parade Sunday

Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s taoiseach, or prime minister, will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Montreal’s Pride parade during a three-day visit that gets underway Saturday. The two leaders met in Ireland in July, shortly after Varadkar took office as the country’s first openly gay prime minister. Trudeau says he and Varadkar plan to discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion ...

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Social media posts aim to expose white nationalists

One of the social media posts resembled a wanted poster or a missing-persons flyer: Photographs of men were arranged in rows, seeking their names and employers. But the Facebook post wasn’t circulated by law enforcement in the search for a suspect or by relatives looking for a missing loved one. It was an example of ordinary people trying to harness ...

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Tip 1 of Freeland’s Art of the Deal: Expect things to get messy

Chrystia Freeland declared herself to be “deeply optimistic” on Monday, despite the fact she’s about to enter into trade negotiations with Donald Trump, the man credited with writing the book on dealmaking. “I am confident that this is a story with a happy ending,” the foreign affairs minister told an audience at the University of Ottawa, with the renegotiation of the North American ...

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Heritage minister orders CRTC to review decision lowering Canadian content for TV, film

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has asked Canada’s broadcast regulator to review its decision earlier this year allowing some Canadian broadcasters to cut spending on the creation of Canadian content. In May, as part of the five-year licence renewals of broadcasters Bell, Corus and Rogers, the CRTC set the new minimum for how much the trio had to spend creating “programs of ...

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