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NDP kicks off convention with harassment apology, sober report on fundraising

OTTAWA — The federal NDP kicked off its national convention in earnest Friday with a sober apology from the party’s president to all those New Democrats who have suffered harassment or discrimination. “There are women within our party — volunteers, staff, MPs — who have survived unacceptable and unwelcome behaviour from peers and people who …

NDP leader attacks web giants, defends taxes in call to arms for equality

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh issued a call-to-arms against inequality as he sought to put his stamp on the federal NDP on Saturday by taking aim at the Trudeau government and foreign web giants while offering a full-fledged defence of taxes and public services. He delivered the battle cry at the NDP’s national convention and, as …

Feds forced to pony up extra $800M to pay for support to injured troops, vets

OTTAWA — The federal government is blaming an increase in the number of military personnel struggling with PTSD and other psychological trauma for a multimillion-dollar shortfall in a government-backed insurance program. The Defence Department says there has been a 60 per cent increase in the number of service members who have left the Armed Forces …

Divided New Democrats gathering in Ottawa to chart path to 2019 election

OTTAWA— New Democrats from across the country will begin gathering in the national capital on Thursday, hoping to lay the groundwork for victory in next year’s federal election and to confront deep divisions and challenges within their party. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh kicked off the festivities a few days early by laying out Tuesday what …

Tories accuse PM of ‘political interference’ after comments on Boushie case

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives are accusing Justin Trudeau of “political interference,” after the prime minister responded to the acquittal of a white farmer in the death of a young Indigenous man by saying the criminal justice system has to “do better.” Trudeau made the comments after a jury in Battleford, Sask., Friday found Gerald …

Philippines president kills controversial helicopter deal with Canada

OTTAWA — The president of the Philippines has told his military commanders to cancel a controversial deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada, after the Trudeau government ordered a review of the contract over human-rights concerns. President Rodrigo Duterte issued the order at a news conference Friday in which he said that he respected Canada’s position, but …

PM orders review of Justice arguments against military sex misconduct lawsuit

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put Justice Department lawyers on notice Wednesday for their response to a proposed class-action lawsuit on military sexual misconduct, saying their arguments are out of line. The lawsuit was brought forward last year by three former service members who say they were harassed or assaulted while in uniform. They …

Trudeau under fire for saying some vets want more than government can afford

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives cited an itemized list of Liberal-approved expenditures to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday as they demanded he apologize for saying some veterans want more than the government can afford. Trudeau made the comments during a townhall event in Edmonton last week, where a wounded veteran accused the prime minister of breaking a …

NAFTA ‘did not happen by accident,’ Mulroney says during defence of trade deal

OTTAWA — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney offered a spirited defence of the North American Free Trade Agreement in Washington on Tuesday, while warning about the potential impacts of a U.S. withdrawal from the deal. The comments came as Mulroney appeared before the U.S. Senate committee on foreign relations, only days after the latest round …

Finnish company raises red flags over federal negotiations for Davie icebreakers

OTTAWA — A Finnish company has raised red flags over the Trudeau government’s decision to launch negotiations with Quebec shipyard Davie for the lease of four icebreakers without conducting a competition. Helsinki-based Arctia Ltd. says it had expected a formal bidding process after the federal government asked shipowners in late 2016 to provide information about …