OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is making Chrystia Freeland his new foreign affairs minister and promoting Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen to Immigration as part of a cabinet shakeup aimed in part at preparing for a Donald Trump presidency.
Freeland, a former economics journalist with extensive contacts in the United States, leaves the trade portfolio to replace veteran Liberal MP Stephane Dion, whose next assignment has not been made clear.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ringing in the new year with a determined effort to re-establish his connection with grassroots Canadians after closing out 2016 amid accusations of kowtowing to wealthy donors at elite Liberal fundraisers.
Trudeau is planning to embark on a campaign-style tour, talking to average folks at coffee shops and church basements across the country.
TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canadian actors Dan Aykroyd and William Shatner are some of the scores for people paying tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars.”
Trudeau — who is known to be a big fan of “Star Wars” — honoured the iconic American actor by tweeting: “We’ll never forget you, Carrie. May the Force be with you always.”
OTTAWA – When it comes to keeping promises, Canadians know full well that politicians are not at all like Horton, the Dr. Seuss character who “meant what I said and I said what I meant: an elephant’s faithful, 100 per cent.”
They make many promises to win elections, but often find it impossible to deliver on them once they take office.
Think back seven short months to that October evening when Canada’s political landscape was dramatically transformed. After a decade out of power — much of it as the third party in parliament — the Liberals were back in, led by Trudeau the younger. His brilliant campaign had brought out millions of new and mostly younger voters, ending the era of the dreaded Stephen Harper.
By Joanna Smith and Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA – The House of Commons erupted in pandemonium Wednesday as opposition MPs angrily accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of “manhandling” the Conservative whip and elbowing a female NDP MP in the chest prior to a key vote.
Quebec MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau said she was so shocked by the encounter, she had to leave the chamber as mayhem descended on the Commons floor, with Trudeau at one point in a face-to-face encounter with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, MPs scrumming around them like kids witnessing a schoolyard tussle.
The incident – coming amid the superheated atmosphere of the doctor-assisted death debate – had MPs in an uproar as they shouted and pounded their desks in a display of antipathy rarely seen in the parliamentary chamber.
Justin Trudeau has been our Prime Minister for just over 100 days. He is still being given an amazing amount of slack by what’s left of the media when it comes to the promises he made last year, and what has and has not happened with them.
In the grand scheme of things, the promise he should worry about least was the pledge to legalize marijuana. It may have won him a surprisingly huge number of votes in October, but it should be way down his list of priorities. However, police forces across Canada seem to making it up as they go along when it comes to enforcing the old laws dealing with pot smoking.
When motorists are routinely stopped by the police, the last thing the officers seem to be worried about is the joint that might be in the ashtray, but if you try to grow weed and sell it, it’s a different story. This past week in Winnipeg, the cops shut down a grow operation. They seized 338 plants, with an estimated street value of $378,000. A man and a woman were arrested, and they were immediately released on a promise to appear.