Politics

Couillard says he won’t back down on financial reforms despite protests

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec –The Quebec government won’t back away from reforms aimed at balancing the province’s books despite opposition and protests, Premier Philippe Couillard said Saturday. In a speech, Couillard told party members gathered for a meeting in Trois-Rivieres not to be distracted by those fighting the changes. “Will there be obstacles? Yes. Should we agree, …

Memoirs contain surprising revelations about Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau’s new memoir, Common Ground, contains a number of surprising revelations about the Liberal leader and his family that aren’t generally known, despite a lifetime lived in the public eye. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know: — When youngest brother Michel was swept by an avalanche into B.C.’s Kokanee Lake …

On Twitter, Kenney defends his ‘no veils’ policy at citizenship ceremonies

I believe people taking the public Oath of Citizenship should do so publicly, w/ their faces uncovered. Do you agree? http://t.co/5UxKm2sMKe — Jason Kenney ن (@kenneyjason) October 18, 2014 OTTAWA — Jason Kenney took to Twitter on Friday to publicly promote his directives while immigration minister to forbid Muslim women from wearing niqabs while taking …

Rachel Notley wins party balloting to become new leader of Alberta NDP

EDMONTON — Rachel Notley picked up the torch from her famous father Saturday, winning a commanding 70 per cent of the party vote to become the new leader of Alberta’s NDP. She told 300 cheering supporters that it’s time to sweep away a tired Progressive Conservative government shot through with rot and scandal. “Politics should …

Aquino, Binay private meeting – all is well

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay held an almost three-hour private meeting last Tuesday evening at Bahay Pangarap in Malacañang, the President’s official residence, as Binay faced an investigation and likely impeachment charges initiated by administration officials and allies. When asked about the meeting, Binay confirmed reports that he …

Obama’s under-used credit card declined in NY

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service is charged with watching the president’s back, but who’s watching his wallet? When his credit card was declined last month while dining in New York, President Barack Obama wondered if he had become a victim of identity theft. “It turned out, I guess I don’t use it enough,” Obama said …

Senate’s improved trust rating due to hardwork – senators

MANILA — Senators on Tuesday expressed elation over the latest result of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which showed that the Senate’s trust rating from the previous quarter increased from 12 percent to 28 percent this month. Senators attributed the leap in the approval rating to the fact that senators continued to work hard …

UNA questions De Lima’s ‘sudden interest’ in Binay probe

MANILA, Philippines – The political party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) questioned Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s ‘sudden interest’ in the Senate hearings against Vice President Jejomar Binay. “Anong nangyari sa affidavit ni Czech Amb. Josef Rychtar na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa inilalabas ng NBI? Anong nangyari sa affidavit at listahan ni Napoles na sangkot …

VP Binay grateful 70% of Filipinos satisfied with his performance –Remulla

MANILA — “Vice President Jojo Binay is happy and thankful that 70 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with his performance,” Remulla said. “It makes him more committed to bring the issues directly to the people and perform his duties,” he added. The survey, conducted on Sept. 26-29, indicated that Binay retains a “very good” rating with …

Harper and Prentice meet in Calgary to discuss wide range of issues

CALGARY — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Alberta’s new premier are both describing their first meeting since Jim Prentice was sworn in last month as productive. Prentice said the topics discussed during Friday’s meeting included the economy, energy prices, the environment, aboriginal matters. It also included Alberta’s labour needs and the importance of skilled labour …

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