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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

Justin Trudeau
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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New Fundraising Rules Could Hurt Manitoba’s Opposition Parties: Analyst

New Fundraising Rules Could Hurt Manitoba’s Opposition Parties: Analyst

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks during the closing news conference at the First Ministers Meeting in Ottawa, Friday December 9, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s governing Progressive Conservatives are already raising much more money than their opponents.

But Premier Brian Pallister is now eyeing changes to fundraising rules that one analyst says would entrench the Tories’ ability to outspend and out-advertise the opposition.

In a year-end interview with The Canadian Press, Pallister said he is considering raising limits on political donations and how much money candidates and parties can spend during election campaigns.”

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Manitoba Liberals Name Interim Leader

Manitoba Liberals Name Interim Leader

Judy Klassen
Interim Liberal leader Judy Klassen and MLA for Kewatinook (MANITOBALIBERALS.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Liberals have named Judy Klassen as their interim leader to guide the party until next fall.

Klassen is the party’s MLA for Kewatinook and takes over for Rana Bokhari, who recently stepped down from the position following her party’s defeat in last spring’s provincial election.

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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

Justin Trudeau
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

Justin Trudeau
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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Bokhari Mulling Political Future After Election Loss

Bokhari Mulling Political Future After Election Loss

By Megan Benedictson (@OhGeeMDB)

Rana Bokhari
An emotional Rana Bokhari, leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, arrives to the Alt Hotel in downtown Winnipeg following the election results on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (MEGAN BENEDICTSON / CHRISD.CA)
David Engel
Liberal volunteer David Engel reacts to the election results on Tuesday night. (MEGAN BENEDICTSON / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari will take time to evaluate whether she will try to stay in the top position after losing the Fort Rouge riding to NDP candidate Wab Kinew, according to the party’s director of communications, Mike Brown. Bokhari told media it was “not a conversation to have today,” after a two-minute media scrum she held in place of a traditional concession speech, before making a round of quiet hugs with candidates and volunteers.

Bokhari’s loss comes after a five-week campaign that saw a number of missteps, including paperwork issues that led to candidates being rejected. Dozens of party faithful who gathered at the headquarters at the Alt Hotel on election night sighed deeply when it became apparent that Bokhari, the 38-year-old lawyer who has led the party since 2013, could not catch up to Kinew. In the end, the Liberals saw only three of its candidates be elected: Cindy Lamoureux (Burrows), Judy Klassen (Kewatinook), and the former Manitoba Liberal leader who held its only seat going into the election, Jon Gerrard (River Heights.)

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Liberals Would Have Minister Focused on Lake Winnipeg

Liberals Would Have Minister Focused on Lake Winnipeg

Rana Bokhari
Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Manitoba’s Liberal Party would assign a minister specifically to tackle Lake Winnipeg issues if elected.

Leader Rana Bokhari says her government would amend the Phosphorus Reduction Act to eliminate phosphorus from all soaps including industrial-use soaps and detergents.

“Manitoba has some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the world and we need to start taking concrete steps to protect them or the next generation will not be able to enjoy them,” Bokhari said.

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