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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 7, 2018 9:39 PM Trump and Trudeau have eyes on upcoming elections as NAFTA talks grind on

It’s said that Canada’s negotiators at the trade talks in Washington explained to the Americans that political priorities would be keeping them away from the table next week — that if Canada ever does reach a deal with the United States in the days and weeks ahead, Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland are going to have to sell the deal to his Liberal 6

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

September 4, 2018 1:12 AM Trump’s NAFTA threat leaves Trudeau locked in high-stakes game of poker

That’s because Trudeau has leverage, too. It comes, in part, from members of Congress who want Canada in the deal. Trudeau could stand firm if he were willing to bet either that Trump would not submit a Mexico-only agreement to Congress or that Congress would not be willing to approve such an agreement. “I think it’s a dicey congressional atmosphere 20

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 22, 2018 5:10 PM Bernier should decide if he wants Trudeau to win next election, Rempel says

Rempel, the Conservative immigration critic, today unveiled her party’s policy platform on immigration, as well as plans for a national tour to hear Canadian views on the subject. But try as she might to focus the discussion on policy, Rempel and fellow Tory MP Gerard Deltell were instead peppered with questions about Bernier’s latest brazen display 13

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 15, 2018 9:23 PM New federal holiday will honour residential school survivors

OTTAWA — A new holiday is coming to your calendar, one that will mark the dark legacy of Canada’s residential school system. In its ongoing pursuit of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government is consulting First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups to create a new “national day” to honour those who attended the infamous church-run schools 12

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