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Trudeau Shuffles Familiar Faces, Adds New Ones to Expanded Cabinet

Trudeau Shuffles Familiar Faces, Adds New Ones to Expanded Cabinet

By The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled his pre-election cabinet, shuffling six ministers to new portfolios and promoting five other MPs to his front benches in a bid to boost the profile of his team.

Trudeau confidant and long-time MP Dominic LeBlanc moves from fisheries to take on intergovernmental affairs, placing a veteran in charge of unpredictable federal-provincial relations.

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont Takes Former NDP Premier’s Seat in Byelection

Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont Takes Former NDP Premier’s Seat in Byelection

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Dougald Lamont
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont speaks to media outside the legislature after the provincial throne speech was read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Liberals won a key provincial byelection Tuesday night, securing a legislature seat for their new leader, Dougald Lamont, and gaining official party status and the funding that comes with it.

Lamont, elected Liberal leader last October, soared well ahead of second-place NDP candidate Blandine Tona as results continued to come in late Tuesday night in the St. Boniface constituency in Winnipeg.

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Trudeau’s Youth Council Divided Over Trans Mountain Pipeline Purchase

Trudeau’s Youth Council Divided Over Trans Mountain Pipeline Purchase

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – Fissures have appeared inside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s youth council after a group of current and former members publicly urged the Liberal government to reverse its decision to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

The request was made in a letter to the prime minister signed by 16 past and present members of the council and released to the public on Monday, in which signatories expressed “our immense disappointment” with the planned $4.5-billion pipeline purchase.

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Parody Account Targeting Iqra Khalid Closed After MP Complains to Twitter

Parody Account Targeting Iqra Khalid Closed After MP Complains to Twitter

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Iqra Khalid
Liberal MP Iqra Khalid makes an announcement in Ottawa on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. A Twitter account billing itself as a parody of Liberal MP Iqra Khalid has been closed after she complained about references to her Muslim heritage and claims she supports Sharia law and the Islamic State militant group. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle)

OTTAWA – A Twitter account billing itself as a parody of Liberal MP Iqra Khalid has been closed after she complained about references to her Muslim heritage and claims she supports Sharia law and the Islamic State militant group.

Khalid, who was targeted with hate mail and death threats last year over her controversial motion to condemn Islamophobia and systemic racism, had asked Twitter to investigate the account.

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Feds Will Make Marijuana Legal in Canada on Oct. 17, Trudeau Says

Feds Will Make Marijuana Legal in Canada on Oct. 17, Trudeau Says

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reflected in a TV screen as he speaks at a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Canadians will have to wait until Oct. 17 — one month longer than expected — before they’ll be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the date Wednesday during the last question period in the House of Commons before MPs departed for a three-month summer break.

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Ethics Watchdog Says Bill Morneau Didn’t Break Law with Pension Bill

Ethics Watchdog Says Bill Morneau Didn’t Break Law with Pension Bill

By The Canadian Press

Bill Morneau
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau arrives for a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 4, 2018. The federal ethics commissioner says Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not violate any conflict of interest laws in sponsoring a pension bill last year. Morneau found himself in hot water when he introduced pension-reform legislation, which critics insisted would benefit Morneau Shepell, his family company. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not violate any conflict of interest laws in sponsoring a pension bill last year, the federal ethics commissioner said Monday.

Morneau found himself in political hot water when he introduced the pension-reform legislation, which critics insisted would benefit Morneau Shepell, his family company. The finance minister rejected the allegations, which were among a series of ethical questions he faced late last year.

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Manitoba Politician Sorry for Saying Crash That Paralyzed Colleague Was a Gift

Manitoba Politician Sorry for Saying Crash That Paralyzed Colleague Was a Gift

By The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa Thursday, March 27, 2014. A Manitoba politician is apologizing for saying a crash that left Fletcher a quadriplegic was a gift. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba politician is apologizing for saying a highway crash that left one of her colleagues a quadriplegic was a gift.

Judy Klassen, a Liberal legislature member, made the remark to former MP Steven Fletcher, who sits as an Independent in the Manitoba legislature.

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Several Resignations Hit Manitoba Liberal Party Ahead of Key Byelection

Several Resignations Hit Manitoba Liberal Party Ahead of Key Byelection

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Dougald Lamont
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont speaks to media outside the legislature after the provincial throne speech was read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 21, 2017. The Manitoba Liberal Party has lost some key members as its leader, Dougald Lamont, prepares to run for a legislature seat in an upcoming byelection. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Liberal Party has suddenly lost some of its key members in the lead-up to a byelection in which leader Dougald Lamont is seeking a seat in the legislature.

Party president Paul Brault, communications director Ian McCausland and a co-ordinator for byelection volunteers, Michelle Finley, all resigned this week.

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Ottawa Has ‘Turned a Corner’ in First Nations Child Welfare: Philpott

Ottawa Has ‘Turned a Corner’ in First Nations Child Welfare: Philpott

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Canada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

WINNIPEG – Canada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children.

“We have turned a corner,” Jane Philpott told The Canadian Press. “We will reach a day soon where we will know that the parties have agreed that we have fully complied.”

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Seeking to Win Legislature Seat in St. Boniface

Manitoba Liberal Leader Seeking to Win Legislature Seat in St. Boniface

Dougald Lamont
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont speaks to media outside the legislature after the provincial throne speech was read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Lamont is running for a legislature seat in an upcoming byelection in St. Boniface. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont will seek the recently vacated legislature seat in the St. Boniface constituency.

Lamont was elected leader of the Liberal party last October, but has never held elected office.

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