Politics

Trillanes files libel, graft complaints against Uson

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday, September 22, filed criminal and administrative charges against Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux “Mocha” Uson for spreading “fake news”. “The era of fake news is over. Lahat ng magkakalat ng fake news ay mananagot sa ating batas. [Everyone who will spread fake news will be liable to …

Trudeau honours Allan MacEachen as ‘peerless’ parliamentarian at N.S. service

ANTIGONISH, N.S.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a moving tribute to the late Allan J. MacEachen on Sunday, saying the former Liberal cabinet minister should be remembered as a key architect who shaped some of Canada’s most cherished institutions. “I bring the thanks of a grateful country,” he told about 400 people gathered for a public …

Federal NDP candidates make final appeal ahead of leadership vote

HAMILTON—The four federal NDP leadership hopefuls had one last chance Sunday to make their case to party voters before balloting begins to select a replacement for outgoing leader Thomas Mulcair. And all four said they are the candidate to unseat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government. Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, Quebec MP Guy Caron and Ontario …

Sean Spicer pressed (gently) as ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ guest

NEW YORK — It was a different Sean Spicer who paid a visit to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night. This was a smiling, chill Spicer, in marked contrast to the six hot-tempered months he spent as White House Press Secretary, conducting volatile news conferences that were given added heat thanks to Melissa McCarthy’s unsparing …

Ontario appeal court upholds convictions for former MP Del Mastro

TORONTO — A former federal politician has lost his bid to have his convictions for electoral offences overturned. The Ontario Court of Appeal said Wednesday it is upholding Dean Del Mastro’s 2014 convictions on three violations of the Canada Elections Act. Del Mastro was former prime minister Stephen Harper’s one-time point man on defending the Tories against …

Feds say lack of airstrips, infrastructure slowed hurricane evacuations

OTTAWA — Federal ministers expressed sympathy Monday for the hundreds of Canadians affected by Hurricane Irma as well as their worried families back home, even as they sought to explain why more wasn’t done earlier to help them. The government expected most Canadians needing assistance in the Caribbean to have been evacuated by commercial flights …

B.C. budget funds 3,500 teachers, homes for homeless; hikes taxes on rich

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s minority New Democrat government says it is starting to build the province all residents want, tabling a budget update that promises to hire 3,500 teachers and build thousands of rental units and homes for the homeless. Finance Minister Carole James said Monday the government’s first budget document puts people first after …

Trudeau, cabinet plan second half of mandate, attend 9/11 forum

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet are gathering in St. John’s, N.L., where they will look to the past before preparing for the months ahead and the second half of their mandate. The visit to Newfoundland began with Trudeau marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by joining a discussion …

NDP leadership hopefuls pitch members for support in final public debate

VANCOUVER—Federal NDP leadership hopefuls lined up Sunday to take shots at rival Jagmeet Singh during the eighth and final debate in the campaign to replace outgoing Leader Tom Mulcair. Singh, an Ontario legislator, is the only one of the four candidates who is not a federal politician, and he bore the brunt of the attacks …

Caroline Mulroney named Progressive Conservative candidate for Ontario riding

TORONTO—Caroline Mulroney has been named the Progressive Conservative nominee for the riding of York-Simcoe. Mulroney, vice-president of an investment firm and daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, accepted the nomination at a meeting in the riding on Sunday. In a speech, she criticized the province’s Liberal government for its controversial minimum wage hike and …

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