November 21st, 2019

National News

Somali-Canadian activist Almaas Elman killed in Mogadishu

By The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

The Somali government says a Somali-Canadian human rights activist and diplomat has been killed. The Somali ministry of information says Almaas Elman was murdered in the capital city of Mogadishu. The government said in a tweet that it is investigating and will bring those responsible to justice. A Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman said the department ... Read More »

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Politicians in B.C. watch supermodel’s transition journey on Transgender Day

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

VICTORIA – A Canadian male supermodel who walks the fashion runways of Paris and appeared on front covers of trend-setting magazines relayed his story to British Columbia politicians during a special screening of a documentary film that follows his life-changing surgical transition from a depressed and suicidal female to his true self inside and out. ... Read More »

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Alberta NDP seek ruling to ban UCP from voting on bill to fire election watchdog

By The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition NDP is asking the ethics commissioner to ban the entire United Conservative caucus from voting on a bill that would fire the election watchdog. Leader Rachel Notley says the entire UCP caucus is in a conflict of interest because they would all benefit from having Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson’s contract terminated. ... Read More »

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New Trudeau cabinet must prioritize Phoenix deal, ‘fair’ contract: PSAC

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – The country’s largest civil service union isn’t waiting for the prime minister to give marching orders to his new cabinet, offering up its own suggestions for government priorities in the coming months. The Public Service Alliance of Canada is set to release an open “mandate letter” of sorts to Justin Trudeau and his ... Read More »

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What’s the president of the Privy Council do? Five things about the new cabinet

By The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – Five things to note about the new federal cabinet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Wednesday: He has a deputy prime minister Besides being intergovernmental-affairs minister, in charge of dealing with Canada’s restive provincial premiers, Chrystia Freeland has the title of deputy prime minister. It’s a symbolic appointment meant to indicate that a minister ... Read More »

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Reaction and quotes about the new Liberal cabinet

By The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – What newsmakers said about the new federal cabinet sworn in Wednesday: “We recognize that this Parliament will be one in which collaboration, in which working with a broad range of parties and indeed stakeholders across the country, is going to be incredibly important. And the team that we’ve assembled here is a team ... Read More »

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Civil service union calls on new cabinet to prioritize Phoenix deal, contract

By The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – The country’s largest civil-service union isn’t waiting for the prime minister to give marching orders to his new cabinet, offering up its own suggestions instead of government priorities in the coming months. The Public Service Alliance of Canada is set to release an open “mandate letter” to Justin Trudeau and his new Treasury ... Read More »

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Trudeau unveils new cabinet aimed at pushing priorities, soothing tensions

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled Wednesday a larger cabinet that aims to advance Liberal campaign promises to tackle climate change and promote middle-class prosperity, while attempting to soothe regional tensions exacerbated by last month’s election outcome. The pivotal role in his new cabinet for a minority-government era went to Chrystia Freeland, who moved ... Read More »

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Attorney General Lametti swears new oath in wake of SNC-Lavalin affair

By The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – The swearing-in ceremony for members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet had a new element added Wednesday: a revamped oath for the attorney general and justice minister. David Lametti, who is continuing to serve in that position, had new wording incorporated into his oath as a result of the SNC-Lavalin affair. One element ... Read More »

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New faces in Trudeau’s minority cabinet include rookies and former backbenchers

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press on November 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has welcomed some new faces into his cabinet, including some rookie MPs and former Liberal backbenchers. Steven Guilbeault, Canadian Heritage Guilbeault, a prominent Quebec environmental activist, was one of the Liberals’ star candidates during the federal election campaign and was highly expected to be tapped for cabinet after winning ... Read More »

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