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November 17, 2018 12:36 AM Ottawa to deliver competitive boost for Canadian companies

He said soft oil prices have created a “new headwind” for the Canadian economy. Markets, he said, are watching closely for Morneau’s response “to the competitive challenges posed by last year’s U.S. tax reforms,” particularly a made-in-Canada capital investment boost. “If Morneau delivers on that hope, some will see it as a new tailwind for a Canadian 6

November 15, 2018 8:48 PM Manitoba MLAs accused of harassment should be subject to suspension, Liberals say

WINNIPEG—The leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party said politicians accused of inappropriate behaviour should face possible suspension from the legislature. Dougald Lamont’s comments come after a woman said she was groped and propositioned by Cliff Graydon, a legislature member who was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus last month 4

November 6, 2018 10:31 PM Justin Trudeau treads carefully on U.S. election day

While Americans were rendering their verdict on Donald Trump’s politics on Tuesday, Justin Trudeau was on CNN, talking about the “elephant and moose” relationship between Canada and the United States. Canada is still “massively outweighed” in that metaphor, Trudeau told CNN interviewer Poppy Harlow, but “will stand securely in our own strength and our own approach 14

November 5, 2018 11:00 AM The left has yielded language to the right

Historically in North America, populism has had both left and right variants. Some were anti-immigrant and racist. But the most successful, such as the People’s Party of the late 19th century or the Progressives of the early 20th were left-leaning. In Canada, right-populist Social Credit controlled Alberta’s government for decades. At about the same time, the left-populist 9

November 3, 2018 1:13 PM Government urged to rein in Canadian Commercial Corporation on arms deals

OTTAWA —The Crown corporation that arranges Canadian arms sales abroad has to be stopped from making deals with human-rights violators that become practically impossible for the government to cancel, say two international arms-trade watchdogs. Project Ploughshares and Amnesty International say the upcoming ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade 11

October 23, 2018 3:20 PM Trudeau says cancelling Saudi Arabia arms deal would cost $1 billion

Canada has added its voice to global calls for answers, with Trudeau telling the CBC in an interview today that the Saudi government’s explanation of what happened lacks credibility. Human rights groups have urged Canada to cancel the $15-billion contract to sell light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia — a 2014 deal signed by the Harper government and upheld 19

October 22, 2018 10:46 AM Clock ticking for New Brunswick legislature to select Speaker as political deadlock winds on

FREDERICTON—The clock is ticking for New Brunswick members of the legislature to select a Speaker as the province’s political deadlock winds on. The Liberals say there will be a candidate for Speaker when the legislature sits tomorrow, but it remains unclear whether Premier Brian Gallant can cling to power. Acting Liberal house leader Lisa Harris said Friday 16

October 20, 2018 1:48 PM Australia’s ruling coalition forced into minority government

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Australia’s ruling coalition was forced into minority government on Saturday after a massive swing against its senior partner, the Liberal Party, in a byelection for the seat of the prime minister the party itself had dismissed. In a stinging backlash from the electorate after the fourth toppling of an Australian leader by internal 15

October 15, 2018 9:35 PM Thanks to Doug Ford, the sky’s the limit for marijuana in Ontario

Come Wednesday, marijuana will waft across our parks, jogging trails and beaches with impunity. For better or for worse, the pungent odour will float in the open air — while weighing down our public spaces. If you have forgotten the stale aroma of cigar or pipe smoke in our past, brace yourself for a trip back in time as the smell of cannabis wends its way into your nostrils 20

October 10, 2018 5:22 PM N.B. Greens say no deal with Liberals

FREDERICTON—Premier Brian Gallant will convene a new session of the New Brunswick legislature on Oct. 23, but he has been unable to come to a formal agreement with the Greens in his bid to stay in power. Gallant’s Liberals won 21 seats in last month’s provincial election — one fewer than the Progressive Conservatives. The Green Party and the People’s 18