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September 14, 2018 9:08 PM Charter of Rights architects — including Jean Chrétien — condemn Doug Ford’s use of notwithstanding clause

OTTAWA—Former prime minister Jean Chrétien, retired chief justice of Ontario Roy McMurtry and former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow — political heavyweights instrumental in the creation of the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause — are condemning Ontario Premier Doug Ford for using the controversial measure to overrule a provincial court. In a joint 10

September 12, 2018 7:04 PM First-past-the-post enables ‘fringe’ candidates like Doug Ford, says Jagmeet Singh

SURREY, B.C.—Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has taken aim at Conservative politicians while lambasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for abandoning a campaign promise to bring in electoral reform. Singh told his caucus during a retreat in Surrey, B.C., that Trudeau’s explanation for disavowing the promise was that he was worried a new electoral system 10

September 5, 2018 1:31 AM Democrats love Canada. Republicans, not so much, U.S. poll finds

WASHINGTON—Americans of all political stripes still like Canada. But Democrats are currently much fonder than Republicans, a new poll has found. In a Pew Research survey in August, 63 per cent of Democrats said their feelings toward Canada were “very warm.” Just 39 per cent of Republicans said the same. Eleven per cent of Democrats said they were somewhat 17

August 22, 2018 7:40 PM Brampton judge faces discipline hearing over involvement in advocacy group

A Brampton judge is facing a discipline hearing over his involvement with a national advocacy organization for Black Canadians. Ontario Court Justice Donald McLeod’s “conduct could negatively impact the confidence of members of the public in the independence of the judiciary from politics,” according to allegations of judicial misconduct set out in a notice 15

August 20, 2018 12:27 AM Trudeau says 2019 Canada election is fight against polarization

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau said the 2019 Canadian election will be a contrast between his Liberal Party’s push for a cleaner environment and fighting inequality, and Conservatives who’ll attempt to exploit divisions created by a global wave of populism. The prime minister made the remarks late Sunday afternoon in his home district in Montreal, turning attention 13

August 14, 2018 9:03 PM Canadians give Ottawa mixed reviews for its handling of Saudi Arabia spat

OTTAWA — Canadians are giving the federal government mixed reviews for its handling of the diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, a new poll shows. A poll done by Forum Research shows that 44 per cent say they approve Ottawa’s response to the surprise tiff, with almost one-quarter saying they strongly approve. But almost one-third of those surveyed (30 per cent) 13

August 13, 2018 4:38 PM Conservative MP Maxime Bernier criticizes Trudeau for promoting ‘ever more’ diversity

OTTAWA—Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is taking issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s oft-repeated message of diversity in Canada, calling it a form of “radical multiculturalism.” In a series of tweets published late Sunday, Bernier says he believes promoting too much diversity could have the effect of dividing Canada into “little tribes” that cause 10

July 16, 2018 3:03 PM Trump administration files World Trade Organization complaint against Canada’s retaliatory tariffs

Trump imposed the 25 per cent steel tariff and 10 per cent aluminum tariff under a controversial “national security” provision of U.S. trade law. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said it is absurd and insulting to use such a provision against Canada, a close military ally. Trump has scoffed at Trudeau’s arguments. Administration officials have argued 13

July 11, 2018 9:39 AM Trudeau announces new Canada led NATO training mission in Iraq

BRUSSELS— The Canadian military will command a new NATO training and capacity building mission in Iraq for its first year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in Brussels on Wednesday as part of the annual alliance summit. Trudeau said the mission, to begin in the fall of 2018 in Baghdad and the surrounding vicinity, will include the deployment of as many as 250 Canadian 12

July 3, 2018 4:19 PM Justin Trudeau to visit Canadian soldiers in Latvia before NATO summit

The Canadian-led multinational NATO battle group was established in Latvia as the alliance’s response to Russia’s surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its invasion of eastern Ukraine. Canada’s leadership of the battle group represents Canada’s largest sustained military presence in Europe in over a decade. Trudeau, who will meet in Riga with Latvian 18