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LGBTQ advocates want military, RCMP, public service to take part in apology

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should not be the only one to say sorry for state-sanctioned discrimination against LGBTQ people, say advocates who have long demanded the federal government apologize for years of persecution. Lynne Gouliquer, a military veteran who has researched the history of how LGBTQ people were hounded out of their jobs in the …

Website will track commitments in mandate letters for Liberal ministers

OTTAWA — People looking to know how the Liberals have fared on fulfilling their promises — as well as how far they have to go — can now visit a website the federal government has set up to track the tasks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assigned to his cabinet ministers. “Canadians should have the best tools possible …

MPs move to keep religious protections in Criminal Code clean up efforts

OTTAWA — Disrupting a religious service is likely to remain a crime, since MPs on the House of Commons justice committee have agreed to change a controversial part of proposed legislation aimed at modernizing the Criminal Code. This spring, the Liberal government moved to rid the Criminal Code of sections that are redundant or obsolete, …

LGBTQ apology will keep remedies separate from regret: PM special adviser

OTTAWA— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will back up his promised apology for state-sanctioned discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community with reparations for the harm they suffered over the decades, says the Liberal MP handling the file. But Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault says the remedies will be separate from the regret. “The two are not …

Cut down on court delays by supporting victims of crime: ombudsman

OTTAWA—Making sure those who experience the biggest impacts of crime have the support they need would do a lot to speed up the wheels of justice, says the federal ombudsman for victims of crime. “We have to have a criminal justice system that is effective and efficient,” Sue O’Sullivan said in an interview ahead of …

Tory MP accuses Liberal MP of intimidating her over House of Commons heckle

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Alice Wong says she was riding a bus back from Parliament Hill when she started to feel intimidated by a fellow passenger. “(He) stopped and hovered over me, began to wave his hand in my face, chastise me and intimidated me,” Wong, the MP for Richmond Centre, B.C., said Thursday in …

Bill Morneau to talk to ethics watchdog about his personal fortune

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau said he will go out of his way to reassure Canadians his personal fortune will not get in the way of his job, but his political rivals are not about to let things go that easily. “The rules work, but what we will consider in my situation is how …

Gender gap in manufacturing won’t narrow without more training for women: report

OTTAWA— Recruitment efforts to get more women working in manufacturing will fail unless girls get the education and training needed for those jobs, says a new report. “Businesses are actively looking to recruit more women, but they find that few ever even apply,” said the report released Wednesday by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, a …

Unifor head Jerry Dias ‘glad to be in the middle of it’ on NAFTA talks

OTTAWA — Just hours before Bombardier Inc. was to unveil a dramatic plan to escape its latest crisis, Jerry Dias was summoned to Montreal to meet with Alain Bellemare, the beleaguered firm’s chief executive. There, the head of Canada’s largest private-sector union was told that after months of searching for partners to help finance its sleek …

Finance Minister Bill Morneau to talk tax reforms at first ministers’ meeting

OTTAWA — The Liberal government has been fielding a lot of complaints about controversial proposed tax reforms — and now the premiers are poised for their turn as they gather in Ottawa to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The provincial and territorial leaders will get a chance Tuesday to hear Finance Minister Bill Morneau discuss …