Politics

Kevin O’Leary drops out of Conservative leadership race, will endorse Maxime Bernier

Kevin O’Leary is dropping out of the Conservative leadership race and will endorse Maxime Bernier, multiple sources tell CBC News. The businessman and reality TV star is ending his campaign only hours before the last leadership debate in Toronto, and two days before party members can start casting their ballots. O’Leary is confident he could win the Conservative race, but now believes ...

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RCMP allege Vice-Admiral Norman fed cabinet secrets to Quebec shipbuilder

Royal Canadian Navy Vice-Admiral Mark Norman (left) speaks with Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd during a change of command ceremony, Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) The RCMP are accusing the military’s second-in-command of passing cabinet secrets to a Quebec shipping executive in a cozy relationship meant to advance a navy project he “personally” favoured, according to a newly ...

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Midweek podcast: In the Oval Office with Donald Trump

Canadians should not read to much into U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent tough trade talk, according to the international president of the United Steelworkers union. Leo Gerard was in the Oval Office, near Donald Trump, last week when the president Trump attacked Canada’s dairy industry, and first went after “timber, lumber and energy.”  “There were some handwritten remarks of his own, talking about ...

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Michael Chong urges rivals to ‘get serious’ as Conservatives gather for final leadership debate

Earlier this month, a mere year into the race to choose a new leader for the Conservative Party, Michael Chong declared it was “time to get serious.” “It is time to say ‘Enough!'” Chong said in a note to supporters after a group of young men wearing Make America Great Again hats were reported to have profanely heckled a reporter at ...

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It’s Trudeau’s move after Trump goes from tough talk to action with lumber duties: Chris Hall

Donald Trump is proving, once again, to be a most unpredictable partner. He can talk about how much he values Canada one day, and then brand this valued neighbour a “disgrace” for the simple reason that he sees a political advantage in doing so back home. The Trump administration slapped punishing duties on Canadian softwood lumber on Tuesday. That, at least, ...

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Liberal MPs get closed-door briefing on harassment

Eager to avoid a repeat of past scandals, the Liberal caucus used a closed-door meeting last month to give MPs clear guidelines on appropriate workplace behaviour and to encourage them to report harassment between MPs and staff to the proper authorities, caucus sources tell CBC News. The move comes two years after two Liberals MPs were kicked out of caucus ...

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Hearing begins into Canada Post ban on controversial newspaper Your Ward News

A board of review hearing began Tuesday into a federal order prohibiting a Toronto-area publication that’s been called vile, racist and anti-Semitic from being sent in the mail. The people who run the newspaper Your Ward News are challenging the order put in place in June, 2016, by the then-federal minister responsible for Canada Post. Police have investigated the publication ...

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259,010 members will choose next Conservative leader

Newly released numbers by the Conservative Party show that 259,010 members will be eligible to cast a ballot in the party’s leadership race. This represents growth of 150,000 members since the beginning of the January, according to a Conservative Party of Canada statement. Roughly 250,000 members had been eligible to vote in the party’s last leadership campaign in 2004, following the mergers ...

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Trade minister courts China for softwood as US announces duties on Canadian lumber

With Canada and the United States at war over softwood lumber, the Liberal government decided the time was right to look eastward for a new customer: China. The prime minister announced the decision after a meeting with the Chinese premier. Sound familiar? It happened in September 2005, between Liberal prime minister Paul Martin and Hu Jintao, then the most powerful ...

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Liberals repeal Conservative immigrant residency requirement targeting marriage fraud

The Liberal government is repealing a measure brought in by the Conservatives that required newcomers to live with their sponsoring spouse for two years or face deportation. The conditional permanent residency status policy, which kicked in October 2012, was designed to clamp down on marriage fraud. But immigrant advocates said it had the effect of trapping some people in violent, abusive relationships.  Scrapping ...

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