Politics

Grassroots Liberals split on push for Canada to ease reliance on foreign oil

As the Liberal government deals with deep divisions over a western pipeline expansion, grassroots party members are pushing for a long-term vision that relies less on getting oil to market and more on Canada’s energy independence. Delegates at the Liberal convention in Halifax, the unofficial kick-off for the 2019 election campaign, begin to debate 30 policy resolutions on Friday, including ...

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No Bank of Canada interest rate hike expected Wednesday

The Bank of Canada isn’t expected to change its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday. But that doesn’t mean it thinks the Canadian economy is chugging along normally. Governor Stephen Poloz and deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins are set to reveal the bank’s latest interest rate policy on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET. Judging by trading in financial instruments known as interest ...

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Quebec Liberals narrow the gap, but CAQ still has the inside track on fall election

Recent polls suggest Philippe Couillard’s Liberals have pulled out of a dive in popular support — but that doesn’t mean the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) is no longer the favourite going into October’s provincial election in Quebec. François Legault’s party still holds significant advantages over the Liberals and Jean-François Lisee’s Parti Québécois (PQ). But instead of a ‘change’ election that would ...

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Trudeau's national security adviser to testify before committee on India trip today

The prime minister’s national security adviser will appear before a House of Commons committee today to explain a controversial briefing he gave reporters about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent trip to India. Daniel Jean’s appearance before the House of Commons’ national security and defence committee is something for which the Conservatives have lobbied hard. Last month, they even held a marathon voting ...

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'One-time shot' or 'sustained response'? Seeking a Trump Syria strategy post-missile strike

This time, as the pre-dawn skies over Syria streaked with U.S.-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles, it was a multilateral effort. The U.S.-European operation was broader than last year’s, hitting three targets rather than one Syrian air base. It was bolder, too, striking near the more densely populated capital of Damascus, after the regime unleashed a suspected chemical weapons attack on its citizens last ...

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U.S., allies target chemical weapon sites with strikes in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump, along with France and the U.K., launched what he called “precision strikes” against targets associated with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons on Friday, saying the strikes were a bid to deter future chemical attacks. The strikes were in response to an alleged chemical attack last weekend in Douma, a community not far from Damascus. Activists say the attack killed ...

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NDP health critic calls on feds to hold drug companies accountable for fuelling opioid crisis

The NDP’s federal health critic says it’s time governments hold drug manufacturers accountable for their part in fuelling the opioid crisis.  On Thursday, Vancouver-Kingsway MP Don Davies formally called on the federal government to launch a criminal investigation into the conduct of opioid manufacturers in Canada and seek compensation for the costs of addiction. Overdoses now kill more people in British Columbia than ...

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