Politics

Armenian-Canadians urge Liberals to stop export of armoured vehicles to Azerbaijan

Canada’s Armenian community has launched a campaign to convince the Trudeau government to cancel export permits for the sale of Canadian-made armoured personnel carriers to Azerbaijan. The campaign started after Radio Canada International and CBC reported in July that Toronto-based manufacturer INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing signed a deal with Azerbaijan’s Interior Ministry to supply the country with the vehicles. A ...

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Canada’s 10 NAFTA demands: A list of what Canada wants as talks start this week

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland released Canada’s list of key demands Monday for a new North American Free Trade Agreement as talks get set to begin in Washington later this week. Freeland’s list, which is much shorter than the U.S. wish list of more than 100 items, includes: A new chapter on labour standards The original NAFTA included a labour ...

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Why NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh might need thousands of new members to win

With his big lead in fundraising and endorsements, Jagmeet Singh appears to be the front-runner in the federal NDP leadership race. But the only polling data available suggests he is in last place among party members. Despite this contradiction, Singh could still be the favourite to win. It all depends on how many new members he can sign up — ...

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2 Canadians among 18 killed in Burkina Faso attack

Two Canadians are among 18 killed in a suspected extremist attack on a popular restaurant in the capital of the west African country of Burkina Faso.  Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed the two Canadians, whose names have not been released, died after gunmen stormed a popular restaurant in Ouagadougou on Sunday evening.  “The heartfelt condolences of our government go out to the loved ones ...

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Parti Québécois wants to nix Safe Third Country Agreement amid asylum seeker boom

The leader of the Parti Québécois is calling for the suspension of the Safe Third Country Agreement amid a surge of asylum seekers arriving at illegal border crossings into Quebec. Under the agreement, the majority of migrants coming from the United States who make an asylum claim at an official border checkpoint in Canada are denied entry since the U.S. is deemed to be ...

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Canadian pastor freed by North Korea describes ‘loneliness’ of imprisonment

A Canadian pastor has spoken publicly for the first time since his release from imprisonment in North Korea last week, describing in detail the harsh conditions he endured while performing hard labour.  Hyeon Soo Lim, 62, spoke at length in Korean at the end of a Sunday service at his church in Mississauga, Ont., west of Toronto.  During the service, at Light Presbyterian Church, Lim sat at ...

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Memo raises doubts about who was ‘architect’ of residential schools

Federal officials raised doubts about accusations Hector-Louis Langevin was an architect of the residential school system four months before his name was ignominiously stripped from the prime minister’s building, as the Liberal government acceded to complaints from Indigenous groups. An internal briefing note says Langevin had a “complex” relationship with Canada’s Indigenous peoples and even tried to spare the life of ...

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Liberal MP Darshan Kang accused of sexual harassment

The federal Liberals have confirmed Darshan Kang, one of two Liberal MPs in Calgary, has been accused of sexual harassment.  “We were made aware of the allegations and referred them, as per the House of Commons process, to the chief human resources officer,” Charles-Eric Lepine, the chief of staff to Chief Government Whip Pablo Rodriguez, said in an email to CBC News.  ...

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Jagmeet Singh won’t seek federal Commons seat until 2019 if chosen as NDP leader

New Democrat MPs in the House of Commons could be without a permanent leader on Parliament Hill until after the federal election in 2019 if Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh takes over at the party’s helm. Should he win the leadership in October, Singh told The Canadian Press he would prefer to forego seeking a Commons seat until the next election ...

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Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim lands in Ontario after release from North Korea

Toronto-area pastor Hyeon Soo Lim was reunited with his family in Ontario today after more than two years in detention in North Korea. Lim landed in Ontario Saturday morning and is resting, said Lisa Pak, a spokesperson for the family, in an email to media. The 62-year-old pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., just outside Toronto, had requested a private ...

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