French a major advantage for Conservative leadership contenders

Can a candidate for the Conservative leadership win the party’s top job and become prime minister without speaking French well enough to order a plate of poutine in a brasserie? Kevin O’Leary hopes so — and the poor performances in Tuesday’s French-language debate suggest a few of his leadership rivals do, too. Bilingualism isn’t a requirement to win either office. But demographics, ...

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Prior leaks of navy info were on RCMP’s radar prior to vice-admiral’s removal

The RCMP conducted at least two prior investigations into leaks of sensitive information involving naval projects before this week’s suspension of the military’s second-highest ranking officer, sources tell CBC News. The revelation comes at the same time the Trudeau government has quietly moved to reassure allies that no foreign intelligence data was compromised in relation to the controversy involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. A ...

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Canada cuts $48M in tariffs to boost food manufacturing

As the incoming Trump administration talks about piling on new tariffs to discourage imports and protect American jobs, the Canadian government quietly moved in the opposite direction over the holidays: eliminating tariffs.  Why? To support Canadian jobs. A customs tariff order published Dec. 28 in the Canada Gazette describes how roughly 200 different tariffs on imported food ingredients will be repealed or ...

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‘Embrace change’: Canada cautioned to keep cool for Trump: Rosemary Barton

Half a world away from the festivities and protests taking place in the United States of America, the former Canadian primer minister managed hit the nail on the head.    “The U.S. under [Donald] Trump will focus squarely on America’s vital interests, narrowly defined, especially its economic interests. This does not mean the U.S. will be unwilling to work with friends ...

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Trump win prompts surge of interest in Canadian real estate from Americans, Royal LePage says

One of Canada’s biggest sellers of real estate says it is witnessing a surge of interest from Americans who are considering moving north as a result of the U.S. presidential election. In a report released Friday, Royal LePage said visits to its website surged by more than four times the normal daily volume the day after Donald Trump’s win on November 8th. That doesn’t ...

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Conservative leadership candidates square off at Winnipeg forum

Candidates for the Conservative party leadership squared off at a leadership forum on Thursday night that covered an array of issues ranging from carbon pricing to the role of the federal government with respect to Indigenous people to Canada’s obligations to NATO. Around 200 people attended the event at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in Winnipeg hosted by the city’s Elmwood — Transcona ...

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Actor Miguel Ferrer dead at 61, cousin George Clooney pays tribute

Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit NCIS: Los Angeles and, years earlier, to NBC crime drama Crossing Jordan, has died. CBS said Ferrer died Thursday of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. He had played assistant director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles since 2012. Before that, he played the chief medical ...

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5 Trump cabinet members Canada will come to know best, and their Canadian counterparts

As president-elect Donald Trump prepares to assume office, his cabinet nominees are still working their way through the congressional approval process — with the first confirmations not expected until Friday at the earliest.  At least five of those appointments will be critical for Canada. Trump’s cabinet picks for the foreign affairs, trade, environment, homeland security and energy files are likely to test their ...

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5 members of Trump’s cabinet Canada will come to know best, and their Canadian counterparts

As president-elect Donald Trump prepares to assume office, his cabinet nominees are still working their way through the congressional approval process — with the first confirmations not expected until Friday at the earliest.  At least five of those appointments will be critical for Canada. Trump’s cabinet picks for the foreign affairs, trade, environment, homeland security and energy files are likely to test their ...

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