September 25, 2018

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Tory leader Andrew Scheer cannot be a pussyfooter

It’s make it or break it time for Andrew Scheer.

The newish leader of the Conservative Party of Canada – his squeaker victory in May coming as a surprise during the 13th round of a complicated balloting system – has to break up the lovefest Canadians still seem to have for Justin Trudeau.

This is job number one, and it’s no easy task.

Freeland says losing NAFTA would be a blow to U.S.: ‘Canada is important to the U.S., too’

Before Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland travelled to Washington last Tuesday as part of ongoing NAFTA negotiations, she received a surprise in her constituency office.

“Red and white flowers, and they were signed from a ‘devout Canadian,’” she told The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson.

Freeland says losing NAFTA would be a blow to U.S.: ‘Canada is important to the U.S., too’

Chrystia Freeland returns to Washington to hammer out NAFTA deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is flying back to Washington tonight for the fourth time in as many weeks as she tries to bridge the gap between Canada and the United States in negotiations to revamp the crucial North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

But speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday, Freeland said she is also willing to walk out of the talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer if Canada doesn’t get a “good deal.”

“As the prime minister has said very clearly, our government is committed to getting a good deal for Canadians and we absolutely believe that no deal is better than a bad deal,” Freeland said.

Statutory holiday ‘a necessary step for reconciliation,’ says Senator Murray Sinclair

If it was up to Senator Murray Sinclair, every Canadian would spend at least one day a year reflecting on how to improve relationships with Indigenous peoples.

He feels a statutory holiday in September is the best way to accomplish that.

“It’s a necessary step for reconciliation. We want recognition of this day to be about our commitment to correct the wrongs of the past … by having a better relationship into the future.”

Sinclair was responding to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement that his government will create a new holiday to fulfil a recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Why Canada’s new stat holiday may not mean a day off for everyone

The federal government is moving forward with plans to add a new statutory holiday to mark the legacy of residential schools in Canada.

While a date has not yet been decided for the holiday, it is meant to offer a solemn reminder of the thousands of Indigenous children who were taken from their families, forbidden to practice their culture and subjected to physical, psychological and sexual abuse in the schools.

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