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Justin Trudeau Adds Fresh Faces to Cabinet; Freeland Up, Dion, McCallum Out

Justin Trudeau Adds Fresh Faces to Cabinet; Freeland Up, Dion, McCallum Out

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland is sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

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.

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Trudeau Aims to Connect with Canadians in Coffee Shops, Church Basements

Trudeau Aims to Connect with Canadians in Coffee Shops, Church Basements

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

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The city of vancouver is shown in the background as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours a tugboat in Vancouver Harbour, Tuesday, Dec.20, 2016. Trudeau is planning to embark on a campaign-style tour, talking to average folks at coffee shops and church basements across the country. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

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.

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Trudeau Issues Statement Wishing Canadians Happy New Year

Trudeau Issues Statement Wishing Canadians Happy New Year

By The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – The prime minister says his resolution for 2017 is to “stand against the politics of fear and division.”

Trudeau’s New Year’s message released Saturday said he will focus on what brings people together.

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Trudeau, Canadian Actors Pay Tribute to Star Wars Actor Carrie Fisher

Trudeau, Canadian Actors Pay Tribute to Star Wars Actor Carrie Fisher

By Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press

Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher is seen in this undated handout photo during a performance of “Wishful Drinking” at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Mirvish Productions)

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.”

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Progress Report on Justin Trudeau’s Election Campaign Promises, One Year Later

Progress Report on Justin Trudeau’s Election Campaign Promises, One Year Later

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises dueing Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

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.

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Trudeau in Winnipeg: PM Meets with Country’s Big City Mayors

Trudeau in Winnipeg: PM Meets with Country’s Big City Mayors

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets delegates at the 2016 Liberal Biennial Convention in Winnipeg, Saturday, May 28, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Winnipeg today as the second day of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ 2016 Annual Conference and Tradeshow gets underway.

Trudeau will meet with Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman at 8 a.m. for a photo-op at the RBC Convention Centre before delivering remarks at the conference at 9 a.m.

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PETA to Protest Trudeau at Liberal Convention in Winnipeg

PETA to Protest Trudeau at Liberal Convention in Winnipeg

PETA Seal Protest
PETA plans to protest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Winnipeg on Saturday to encourage him to end federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter. (LEIGH VOGEL / PETA)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be the focus of a protest by PETA on Saturday when he’s in Winnipeg.

Holding a sign urging, “Trudeau: End Canada’s Commercial Seal Slaughter,” a PETA member wearing a seal costume will protest outside the Liberal Party of Canada’s Biennial Convention.

“For years, the Canadian government has poured millions in taxpayer dollars into a failing industry that shoots, bludgeons, and skins seals,” said PETA senior vice-president of campaigns Dan Mathews.

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Elbows Up in the House of Commons

Elbows Up in the House of Commons

By Roger Currie

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, face towards the camera left of centre of the frame, is shown near Opposition whip Gordon Brown in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday May 18, 2016. (The Canadian Press/House of Commons)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, face towards the camera left of centre of the frame, is shown near Opposition whip Gordon Brown in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (The Canadian Press/House of Commons)

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.

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House of Commons Erupts as Trudeau Accused of Elbowing Female NDP MP

House of Commons Erupts as Trudeau Accused of Elbowing Female NDP MP

By Joanna Smith and Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, face towards the camera left of centre of the frame, is shown near Opposition whip Gordon Brown in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday May 18, 2016. (The Canadian Press/House of Commons)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, face towards the camera left of centre of the frame, is shown near Opposition whip Gordon Brown in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday May 18, 2016. (The Canadian Press/House of Commons)

 

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.

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Over-Policing Canada’s Marijuana: Currie

Over-Policing Canada’s Marijuana: Currie

By Roger Currie

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference with Mayor Gregor Robertson at City Hall in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday December 17, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, marijuana clones are monitored inside the “Vegetative Room” at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Seth Perlman)

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.

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