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Border Agency Watchdog Will ‘Fill Gap’ for Disgruntled Travellers, Goodale Says

Border Agency Watchdog Will ‘Fill Gap’ for Disgruntled Travellers, Goodale Says

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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A Canadian Border Services agent stands watch at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Travellers, immigration detainees and others who feel they were mistreated by Canada’s border agency would be able to complain to an independent body under a new measure included in the federal budget. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

OTTAWA — Travellers, immigration detainees and others who feel mistreated by Canada’s border agency will be able to complain to an independent body under a new measure included in the federal budget.

Border officers can stop travellers for questioning, take blood and breath samples, and search, detain and arrest people without warrants. Some encounters at the border have left travellers frustrated and angry.

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Liberals Offer ‘Modest’ Help for First-Time Homebuyers

Liberals Offer ‘Modest’ Help for First-Time Homebuyers

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau arrive in the Foyer of the House of Commons to table the federal budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA — On the eve of a federal election this fall, the Liberal government is looking to help more Canadians buy their first homes by picking up a portion of their mortgage costs and increasing the amount they can borrow from their retirement savings for a down payment.

Helping people enter the housing market has been a growing preoccupation for the Liberals ever since they were elected in 2015, with soaring real-estate prices in some of Canada’s largest cities putting home ownership beyond the reach of many.

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Canada Orders Grounding of All Boeing 737 Max 8s Over Safety Concerns

Canada Orders Grounding of All Boeing 737 Max 8s Over Safety Concerns

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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A Sunwing Boeing 737-800 passenger plane prepares to land at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is closing Canadian skies to the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, effectively grounding the planes over safety concerns arising from the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed everyone on board, including 18 Canadians.

The decision to ground the planes is a precautionary move that was made after a review of all the available evidence, Garneau told a news conference Wednesday in Ottawa that was twice delayed by what he called new incoming information.

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Drive to Ratify New North American Trade Deal Gets Lift from U.S. TV Exposure

Drive to Ratify New North American Trade Deal Gets Lift from U.S. TV Exposure

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right to left, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, President of the United States Donald Trump, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, and President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto participate in a signing ceremony for the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — The push for the speedy passage of the new NAFTA is getting a boost from a big advertising campaign in the United States.

An alliance of U.S. companies, trade associations and lobbyists launched a series of TV commercials and digital ads Monday that it hopes will inspire more Americans to push their congressional representatives to ratify the continental trade agreement.

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Nearly 40,000 Veterans Waiting for Disability Benefits as Backlog Keeps Growing

Nearly 40,000 Veterans Waiting for Disability Benefits as Backlog Keeps Growing

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

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A Canadian flag patch is shown on a soldier’s shoulder in Trenton, Ont., on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg)

OTTAWA — Despite repeated promises to fix the mess, the number of veterans waiting to find out whether they qualify for disability benefits has continued to grow, and there are fears the turmoil will only worsen in the coming weeks.

New figures from Veterans Affairs Canada show nearly 40,000 veterans were waiting at the end of November to hear whether their applications for financial assistance would be approved — 11,000 more than the previous year.

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Trudeau Acknowledges ‘Erosion of Trust’ Between Office and Former Minister

Trudeau Acknowledges ‘Erosion of Trust’ Between Office and Former Minister

By Kristy Kirkup and Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to the National Press Theatre in Ottawa to deliver remarks on Thursday, March 7, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he should have been aware trust had broken down between his office and former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould over the SNC-Lavalin controversy, but stopped short of apologizing to her.

“Over the past months, there was an erosion of trust between my office and specifically my former principal secretary and the former minister of justice and attorney general,” Trudeau said during a morning news conference in Ottawa on Thursday.

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Trudeau Strikes More Conciliatory Tone After Second Minister Resigns Over SNC-Lavalin

Trudeau Strikes More Conciliatory Tone After Second Minister Resigns Over SNC-Lavalin

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped his insistence that his government has done nothing wrong in the SNC-Lavalin affair after a second cabinet minister in less than a month resigned Monday.

Treasury Board president Jane Philpott handed in her resignation Monday afternoon, saying she’s lost confidence in the way the government has dealt with criminal charges against the Montreal engineering giant.

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Growing Support for Separating Roles of Justice Minister and Attorney General

Growing Support for Separating Roles of Justice Minister and Attorney General

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press

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Justice Minister David Lametti responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA — Federal Justice Minister David Lametti is publicly musing about whether Canada should consider separating the offices of its attorney general and its minister of justice in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin controversy, an idea that has backing from others who know the job intimately.

The woman at the centre of the political storm has herself called for this separation to be studied. As part of her explosive testimony to the House of Commons justice committee earlier this week, Jody Wilson-Raybould said she believes there is merit in the committee studying splitting the roles of attorney general and justice minister.

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