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Friday, Nov 30


Trudeau, Ukrainian president discuss pressing Russia to de-escalate aggression


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday as pressure mounts on Canada to forge a united diplomatic front against Russian aggression in Ukraine.


Canada, U.S., Mexico to sign new trade deal Friday morning

Canada, Mexico and the United States will sign the new North American free trade pact Friday morning.

Feds hope to reduce blood donation ban for sexually active gay men


The current ban prohibiting men who have sex with men from donating blood for one year could "soon" be reduced to three months.

Thursday, Nov 29


N.B. to intervene in Saskatchewan court challenge of carbon tax


The New Brunswick government says it will intervene in Saskatchewan's court challenge of the federal government's carbon pricing plan. Saskatchewan's government has asked its Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal plan is…

NAFTA 2.0 faces uncertainty in Democrat-led House


U.S. President Donald Trump spent more than a year browbeating the leaders of Canada and Mexico into agreeing to a rewrite of North American trade rules. Now, Trump faces what could prove a more formidable foe: His own Congress.


Lots of baloney in Singh's claim bill ending postal strikes is most draconian: CP


After five weeks of rotating strikes and a growing backlog of undelivered mail, Justin Trudeau's Liberal government last week introduced back-to-work legislation for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called it …

Warren to vote against NAFTA revamp


U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is set to announce her opposition to a revamped North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, arguing that it doesn't do enough to stop the "serious and ongoing harm NAFTA causes for American workers."


Canada on track to sign new NAFTA Friday: Freeland

Canada is "on track" to sign the renegotiated North American free trade pact on Friday, according to Canada's foreign affairs minister.

Canada reviewing presence in Cuba after another diplomat falls mysteriously ill


Canada is reconsidering its diplomatic presence in Cuba following another confirmed illness among embassy staff. A senior government official says today it is too early to say what steps might be taken as a result of the review, but all…


Irregular migrants on track to cost Canada almost $400 million, watchdog says


Asylum seekers who entered Canada irregularly last year will cost federal organizations $340 million -- an amount projected to balloon to almost $400 million by the end of 2019, the federal budget watchdog says.

Canada announces sanctions targeting Saudis linked to 'abhorrent' Khashoggi murder

The Canadian government has announced sanctions targeting 17 people linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


Francophonie issue: Partisanship clouds PM, opposition leaders' meeting


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his counterparts from the four other main federal parties left a supposedly non-partisan meeting on how to help Canadian francophones divided and without a plan to save a French-language university in…

'Not acceptable': Thousands of disabled veterans wait more than a year for benefits


Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan agrees with the Conservative opposition that it’s unacceptable that thousands of veterans waited more than a year to have their benefits applications processed.

Wednesday, Nov 28


Tories call for Grewal's official resignation, PM says 'many questions' remain

The federal Conservatives are calling for outgoing Liberal MP Raj Grewal's official resignation amid new questions about the parliamentarian's time on the Hill.


Alberta considers cutting oil production, announcement coming in days: Notley


Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government has been considering cutting oil production for some time now, adding that an announcement will likely come down in days – not weeks.


Presence of Saudi crown prince complicates G20 for Canadian government


Human-rights organizations and foreign policy experts will be watching the G20 in Argentina closely this week as the attendance of Saudi Arabia's crown prince complicates the summit for world leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Feds remove regulatory barriers to trade, hope provinces will follow suit


The federal government is taking immediate steps to remove some regulatory barriers to trade across the country, hoping to persuade provinces to follow its example.


Trudeau urged to join Trump in united front against General Motors

The head of Canada's largest autoworkers union wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to borrow a page from the U.S. president's playbook and get tough with General Motors, Trump-style.


Alberta buying its own rail cars to move oil without feds, Notley says

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government will buy its own rail cars to transport more oil to market.


Tribunal orders feds to postpone contract in $60B warship project


The $60-billion effort to build new warships for Canada's navy is facing another delay after a trade tribunal ordered the federal government to postpone a final contract for the vessels' design.

'Many questions' about Grewal: PM Trudeau

'Many questions' remain regarding the departure of Liberal MP Raj Grewal, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, amid new questions about the parliamentarian's time on the Hill.


PM meeting federal leaders to discuss francophone issues


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting Wednesday afternoon with the leaders of the other main federal parties to discuss issues facing francophone Canadians.

Tuesday, Nov 27


Morneau vows oilpatch support through Trans Mountain as protesters chant outside

Hundreds of protesters chanting "Build that pipe now" jammed a downtown Calgary street for the second time in five days on Tuesday, this time to mark a speech by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau.


$1.75B in fiscal room opens door for Ottawa to start compensating farmers soon


The federal government says it plans to spend $1.75 billion by March without having said what the money is for, though at least some of the cash is likely to go to farmers hurt by new trade deals.

Canada's auto industry at risk if GM closes Oshawa plant, union president says

Unifor president Jerry Dias says General Motors' plan to close its car plant in Oshawa, Ontario puts it on the brink of leaving Canada completely.


Courts can weigh in if Canada Post back-to-work bill challenged: Hajdu

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu defended the constitutionality of the Liberal government's back-to-work bill for Canada Post workers on Tuesday, saying it will ultimately be up to the courts to weigh in should the legislation be legally…

Canada Post warns of massive losses after back-to-work bill becomes law

Canada Post on Tuesday revealed deeper losses it's booking because of a massive pay-equity order this year, while the federal government insisted back-to-work legislation that sent striking postal workers back to their jobs is…


B.C. chief tells pipeline hearings his people are responsible for the land


Protection of salmon, animals and the land in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia is an eternal responsibility of First Nations and the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline poses risks that could harm the homes and culture of…

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is getting married


Elizabeth May is getting married. The Green Party announced May’s engagement on Twitter Monday afternoon, sharing a photo of the 64-year-old leader being kissed in the Library of Parliament by her fiance John Kidder.


Senate passes legislation to end Canada Post strike

Mail service will resume all across the country at noon Tuesday after the Senate passed legislation ordering an end to five weeks of rotating strikes by postal workers.