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The Trump Unit: Inside Canada’s PMO Squad to Save NAFTA

The Trump Unit: Inside Canada’s PMO Squad to Save NAFTA

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

WASHINGTON – If Donald Trump deploys the big bomb during upcoming NAFTA negotiations, and threatens to blow up the continental trade agreement, a unit within the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be assigned to try disarming it.

The Canadian government has created an election-style nerve centre to handle White House-related challenges and officials describing it say it has about eight regular staff: two former trade officials, two senior PMO officials, an ambassador, a writer, a cabinet minister, and it’s run by a young staffer with a reputation for staying cool while smothering political fires.

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Trudeau Takes Unscheduled Ocean Dip While Touring National Park in Kayak

Trudeau Takes Unscheduled Ocean Dip While Touring National Park in Kayak

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

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A Parks Canada staff member, back, reacts after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fell into the water while trying to get into a kayak at Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, east of Sidney, B.C., on Saturday August 5, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

SIDNEY, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took an unscheduled dip on Saturday when he fell into the water trying to get into a kayak.

He kept his head above water, but much of the rest of his body was briefly submerged and his left leg was pointed straight upwards while he grabbed hold of the kayak. The spill happened at the shoreline where the water was shallow.

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Canada Has Capacity to Process Quebec Asylum Seekers, Trudeau Insists

Canada Has Capacity to Process Quebec Asylum Seekers, Trudeau Insists

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

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A group of asylum seekers cross the Canadian border at Champlain, N.Y., Friday, August 4, 2017. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, long an outspoken champion of Canada’s reputation for welcoming newcomers, added a bracing dose of reality Friday as he urged would-be migrants to respect the country’s border with the United States. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

MAXVILLE, Ont. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, long an outspoken champion of Canada’s reputation for welcoming newcomers, added a bracing dose of reality Friday as he urged would-be migrants to respect the country’s border with the United States.

Trudeau took pains to reassure Canadians that the country has the resources and the capacity to deal with the sudden spike in asylum seekers that have crossed into Quebec in recent weeks.

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Prime Minister Trudeau Thanks Crews for Efforts Fighting B.C. Fires

Prime Minister Trudeau Thanks Crews for Efforts Fighting B.C. Fires

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his daughter Ella-Grace meet firefighters, members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP officers in Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday July 31, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a helicopter tour of British Columbia’s charred landscape Monday left him awed by the destructive force of wildfires burning across the province and impressed by the extraordinary determination of firefighters battling the flames.

Trudeau said he saw ranches in the Cariboo region surrounded by scorched earth and evidence of flames stopping just short of a runway.

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Trudeau, Pallister Talk Northern Rail and Health Care Funding in Winnipeg

Trudeau, Pallister Talk Northern Rail and Health Care Funding in Winnipeg

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister in Winnipeg on Saturday, July 29, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
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The mayor of Churchill, Man., says damage to a shutdown rail line, shown in a handout photo, that has been a vital link for the town of 900 on Hudson Bay may not be as disastrous as first thought. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OmniTrax)

WINNIPEG – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday the federal government is willing to use all options to force Denver-based Omnitrax Inc. to repair a flooded-out rail line that has cut off the subarctic community of Churchill, Man.

The remote town’s 900 residents have had to have goods flown in, at much higher cost, since the rail line was severely damaged by high water this spring. The rail line was once federally-owned but was sold to Omnitrax in 1997.

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Trudeau Announces $35M for Canada’s Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park

Trudeau Announces $35M for Canada’s Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with daughter Ella-Grace, arrives at Assiniboine Park on Saturday, July 29, 2017. (APC / FACEBOOK)
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Canada’s Diversity Gardens is a $75 million project planned for Assiniboine Park. (APC / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Aside from his duties at Friday’s Canada Summer Games opening ceremonies, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came with a $35 million gift for Assiniboine Park.

Trudeau made the funding announcement Saturday towards Canada’s Diversity Gardens, a $75 million project scheduled to open in late 2019.

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Trudeau Urges Positivity Ahead of Meeting with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister

Trudeau Urges Positivity Ahead of Meeting with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with members of the media on the waterfront during a visit to Kenora, Ont., on Friday, July 28, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Thomson)

KENORA, Ont. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he believes he can work with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister despite public disagreement on several key files.

Trudeau and Pallister have a meeting scheduled in Winnipeg on Saturday.

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Trudeau to Attend Canada Summer Games Opening Ceremonies

Trudeau to Attend Canada Summer Games Opening Ceremonies

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kayaks on the Niagara River in Niagara-on-the Lake, Ont., on Monday, June 5, 2017. Trudeau will attend the 2017 Canada Summer Games opening ceremonies in Winnipeg on Friday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

WINNIPEG — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the thousands of visitors arriving in Winnipeg this week for the start of the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Before flying in Friday afternoon, the prime minister will receive a boat tour of Lake of the Woods in Kenora, Ontario, where rowing competitions will be held.

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Trudeau Talks Sex Appeal, Politics on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ in Niagara Falls

Trudeau Talks Sex Appeal, Politics on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ in Niagara Falls

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kayaks on the Niagara River in Niagara-on-the Lake, Ont., on Monday, June 5, 2017. Trudeau was promoting World Environment Day. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gamely bantered about his sex appeal, his thoughts on Canada’s relationship with the U.S., and how he’d like to see a woman lead the country as he appeared on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on Monday.

Trudeau was the first sitting Canadian prime minister to appear on the long-running American daytime TV show, which was visiting Niagara Falls, Ont., for two episodes.

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Mayors Press Trudeau Liberals for Help to Handle Legalized Marijuana

Mayors Press Trudeau Liberals for Help to Handle Legalized Marijuana

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Ottawa, Friday June 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – The mayors of Canada’s biggest cities say they need a slice of the tax windfall from legal marijuana to cover what they describe as significant costs associated with enforcing a signature initiative from the federal Liberals.

They raised their concerns with cabinet ministers this week, pressing the case that some tax revenues from sale of the drug must filter down to cover costs associated with land-use issues, business licensing applications and enforcement once the purchase, sale and recreational use of the drug is no longer illegal.

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