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Economy, Health, Society

Trudeau cautions that emergency benefits won’t be around forever

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cautioning that programs that supply emergency benefits to help Canadians get through the coronavirus pandemic won’t be around forever. Speaking Wednesday at a virtual event hosted by the Financial Times, Trudeau said just because aid »

International, Politics

Two cabinet ministers among nine barred from meeting with former ambassador

A week to the day before MPs return to Parliament for a speech from the throne that could trigger an election this fall, Canada’s ethics commissioner has delivered a ruling that may — or may not — heap added pressure »


“The last thing that Canadians and Americans need now in the middle of this pandemic is a trade war,” Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland told a press conference following the U.S. announcement on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. “This is really a day when common sense has prevailed.” (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
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Economy, International, Politics, Society

Washington backs down in aluminum tariff fight with Ottawa

Ottawa is welcoming an announcement from Washington that the U.S. is dropping taxes on Canadian aluminium. The announcement by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office that it was repealing the 10 per cent levy it set in August came Tuesday afternoon, »

International, Society

Tory MP deletes tweet that critics say pandered to racists

It was just a week ago that Erin O’Toole was basking in his new-found status as leader of Canada’s Official Opposition, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Most pundits will tell you that if O’Toole is to wrest control »

Economy, Politics, Society

Chrystia Freeland becomes Canada’s first-ever female finance minister

Chrystia Freeland has been named Canada’s first female finance minister, replacing Bill Morneau who stepped down late Monday evening. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally announced Freeland’s appointment this afternoon at a ceremony at the Governor General’s residence at Rideau Hall. »

Politics, Society

Liberal government mum on support for Gov. Gen. Julie Payette

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was conspicuously parsimonious in offering her explicit support for Gov. Gen. Julie Payette on Friday amid questions about unusual spending at the vice-regal residence and allegations of harassment within her office. When asked by CBC »

Economy, International, Politics

Canada to impose $3.6B in tariffs on U.S. goods in ‘reciprocal retaliation’

Ottawa will impose “dollar-for-dollar” tariffs on U.S. goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision to slap a 10-per-cent tariff on aluminum imports from Canada, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday. Speaking to reporters during a teleconference call from »


Canadian government approves plan to have NHL play hockey in Canada

The Canadian government has approved the National Hockey League’s plan to have a safe return to play in Canada, according to an announcement from Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland today. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S.-Canada border is »

Politics, Society

Trudeau fell silent for 21 seconds after being asked about Trump

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hesitated for 21 seconds on Tuesday before answering a question about President Donald Trump’s threat to use military force to quell protests gripping the United States. After several attempts to utter something, Trudeau eventually spoke without »