News/Politics

New NAFTA could add $62B to U.S. GDP, boost jobs, Congress told

April 18, 2019

The case for ratifying the revised North American trade agreement got a boost Thursday with the release of a new analysis by the U.S. International Trade Commission that predicted economic gains for all three partners if its changes are implemented. “In light of the size of the U.S. economy relative to the size of the […]

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Canada exempts $110M more of U.S. imports from retaliatory tariffs

April 18, 2019

Earlier this week, the Finance Department quietly added $110 million worth of products and businesses to its list of exemptions from Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports. While this relief may protect jobs in Canada, it undermines political pressure the Trudeau government wants to keep on the Trump administration by making it less costly to continue to […]

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Ottawa plans to make Trans Mountain decision by June 18

April 18, 2019

The federal government will make a final decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by June 18 —passing the original 90-day deadline set by the National Energy Board. After a period of uncertainty last summer, the National Energy Board  (NEB) endorsed the project on Feb. 22, giving Ottawa a 90-day period to make a final call. That set […]

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Supreme Court rules that police don’t need warrant to carry out child luring sting operations

April 18, 2019

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that sexually explicit online messages exchanged with a minor are not private and can be used in undercover police operations without a warrant. In a unanimous 7-0 decision, the justices upheld Sean Mills’ conviction for child luring. Justices were divided on their reasons, but a majority ruled that […]

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PBO launches new service to cost out party platforms, despite the political risks

April 18, 2019

The next federal election isn’t happening until October but one federal institution is starting its election countdown in June — with a novel experiment in democracy that’s fraught with political risks. The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) will suspend its normal functions on June 23 to take on a new, temporary task: costing out election platforms for parties seeking […]

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Pass it on, provinces: Cities say provincial governments hoarding marijuana tax cash

April 17, 2019

Some of Canada’s largest cities are not getting the money they were promised from taxes on cannabis, despite the increased costs they face from dealing with legal recreational marijuana use in their communities. Six months to the day after pot legalization, municipalities say they’re feeling the side effects. “With the legalization of cannabis, municipalities are by and […]

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‘Leaders have a responsibility to tackle climate change,’ McKenna says day after Kenney victory

April 17, 2019

One day after Alberta voted in a premier who promised that his first act in office would be to repeal his province’s carbon pricing plan, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna reminded Jason Kenney that fighting climate change is as much his responsibility as it is hers. “Politicians and leaders have a responsibility to tackle climate change,” […]

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Canada pushes back after U.S. clears the way for lawsuits over seized Cuban property

April 17, 2019

Canada is “deeply disappointed” with the Trump administration’s decision to allow lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 revolution, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he won’t renew a bar on litigation that has been in place for two decades, meaning that […]

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Jason Kenney won big — and the Ottawa-Alberta relationship is about to get unruly

April 17, 2019

The New Democrats’ defeat in last night’s Alberta provincial election marked the end of a remarkable chapter in the province’s politics — Alberta’s first-ever NDP government. The arrival of a new provincial conservative government, meanwhile, could mark the start of a new chapter in federal politics. Premier-designate Jason Kenney left behind a decade-long stint in federal […]

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Feds back up a step in fight to keep some information from Mark Norman’s lawyers

April 16, 2019

Federal lawyers have signalled a partial surrender in their fight with Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s lawyers to keep the contents of some federal documents and memos secret during his trial. Marie Henein, who represents the former vice-chief of the defence staff, told court at the opening of a two-day pretrial hearing on Tuesday that she’s been informed […]

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