On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on the Canadian government's decision to allow two state-owned companies, China's CNOOC and Malaysia's Petronas, to take over Canadian resource companies. The $15 billion takeover of Canada's Nexen by CNOOC was at the centre of much discussion over the last few months.
As well, he deals with the latest omnibus budget bill which was passed this week by the House of Commons, a new designation "irregular arrival" to deal with certain refugee claimants who arrive in Canada, and he updates the situation with the mayor of Canada's largest city, Rob Ford, who has been allowed an appeal to a court decision forcing him to leave office.
Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announces arrests in human smuggling operation (audio report) - here
Canada's new 'irregular arrivals' designation changes rights of refugee claimants (audio report) - here
Survey: 55 per cent satisfied with Canadian democracy (text and audio) - here
Canadian Health Coalition raises alarm over lack of federal leadership (text and audio) - here
Almost a million Canadians a month turn to food banks to be able to eat (text and audio) - here
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