Trudeau gives nearly 300 tasks for ministers to take on in new parliament

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his cabinet ministers marching orders Friday, spelling out that he wants legislated targets on greenhouse gas emissions, universal pharmacare, the Trans Mountain pipeline, a UN Security Council seat and high-frequency rail between Toronto and Quebec City. Trudeau released his mandate letter for all members of his cabinet, much as he […]

After meeting with Trudeau, Kenney says next few weeks critical for Alberta-Ottawa relations

Both Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and the federal Liberal government are describing a meeting Tuesday between Kenney and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a frank and realistic discussion. But after the meeting, Kenney said the next few weeks will be a critical time for Trudeau to prove it’s not just talk, and the Liberals are […]

Chris Selley: Kathleen Wynne’s portrait was unveiled Monday; at this rate Ford’s won’t be far behind

Kathleen Wynne’s official portrait, which was unveiled in the lobby at Queen’s Park Monday evening, is rich in very deliberate symbolism. The books on her desk, which she is pictured standing in front of, include a biography of Pierre Trudeau. “It was his vision of a just society that helped me to first articulate my […]

‘What are you at?’ Donald Trump presses Trudeau over Canada’s NATO defence spending

LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump put Justin Trudeau on the spot Tuesday over Canada’s NATO defence spending. “What are you at? What is your number?” Trump pointedly asked, referring to how much Canada spends on NATO defence as a percentage of its GDP. The two men met on the sidelines of a major NATO […]

Court rejects federal government’s bid to put Indigenous child welfare ruling on hold

OTTAWA — The Federal Court has rejected a request from Ottawa to press pause on a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling ordering compensation for First Nations children who were unnecessarily removed from their families and communities due to underfunding of the on-reserve child welfare system. The decision means the federal government will have to submit […]