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Why Justin Trudeau's main foe in 2019 is the Justin Trudeau of 2015. The Justin Trudeau of 2019 — the leader who is now seeking re-election — is not the Justin Trudeau of 2015, the young politician who became Canada's 23rd prime minister on a sunny day in November four years ago.

Why Justin Trudeau's main foe in 2019 is the Justin Trudeau of 2015

For one thing, the Trudeau of 2019 now knows exactly how much trouble can result when you make an open-ended, but absolute, promise to implement electoral reform. The promises of 2015 (simple and aspirational) have become an actual record of governing (messy and imperfect). Not everything went according to plan. Some things didn't get done. Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj. Hasan Minhaj Presses Trudeau About Pipelines, Saudi Arabia On ‘Patriot Act’ When it comes to First Nations, Trudeau doesn’t get it. This is the have-your-cake-and-eat-it, the-world-is-upside-down Liberal vision, where words have no meaning and they can say anything.

When it comes to First Nations, Trudeau doesn’t get it

Or at least they think they can, but increasingly, Canadians aren’t buying their fake bill of goods. At the nomination for a clearly now ex-environmentalist since he’s running for the pro-pipeline Liberals, Steven Guilbeault and Justin Trudeau were protested for their lack of respect of Indigenous rights and their faux progressivism on the environment. Expect plenty more of it until the Liberals change their ways. Greenwashing Trans Mountain Profits Won't Put Oil Back In The Ground. For millennials in Canada, the middle class dream slips a little further away: OECD. With a federal election coming later this year, expect politicians to be talking non-stop about the middle class and its importance to the country.

For millennials in Canada, the middle class dream slips a little further away: OECD

The problem is, according to a new report, the middle class is shrinking — squeezed by high housing and education costs, displaced by automation and lacking the skills most valued in the digital economy. And faring particularly badly are millennials, who are less likely to reach middle-income levels in their 20s than their baby-boomer parents, says the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development analysis. The picture is as bad or slightly worse in Canada as in the average OECD country, said the report, which calls for various government measures to tackle the problems. The Liberal government’s crisis is a crisis of liberalism. 'Trudeau? Scandal? I don't believe it': As controversy rocks Canada's PM, the world winces — then shrugs. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's political crisis has shaken Ottawa — and now, the tremors are starting to register abroad.

'Trudeau? Scandal? I don't believe it': As controversy rocks Canada's PM, the world winces — then shrugs

Outside the white-marble Newseum building in Washington on Thursday, the morning's copy of the Globe and Mail sat behind glass, displayed alongside the front pages of newspapers from all 50 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia. Janet McCarty, a retired civil servant living in Washington, perused the headlines. Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she was met with ‘hostility, anger’ in private Trudeau talks.

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she was met with hostility and anger from Justin Trudeau when she told him she was leaving politics, prompting her to speak out about the Prime Minister’s behaviour.

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she was met with ‘hostility, anger’ in private Trudeau talks

Ms. Caesar-Chavannes sent out a tweet earlier this week after Mr. Trudeau spoke about his leadership style during a news conference to address allegations of political interference between his office and former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin. PressProgress. What we learned from Canada's top bureaucrat about the SNC-Lavalin affair. Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick, Canada's top bureaucrat, testified before the Commons justice committee Thursday, saying he did not inappropriately pressure former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut a legal deal with the Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin — although he did warn her of the consequences of prosecuting the criminal charges.

What we learned from Canada's top bureaucrat about the SNC-Lavalin affair

More than any other government player said to be involved in this ballooning controversy, Wernick spoke in clear terms about what he saw happening inside the machinery of government as the federal Liberals grappled with the file. In 2015, the Mounties laid corruption and fraud charges against SNC-Lavalin over allegations it used bribery to secure government contracts in Libya. In an effort to avoid a criminal trial, SNC-Lavalin lobbied a cross-section of cabinet ministers, MPs, senators, senior bureaucrats and premiers, asking that some sort of remediation agreement be reached that would allow it to avoid a criminal conviction. Activists urge Trudeau to act as Canadian trash continues to rot in Manila.

OTTAWA -- More than 100 community and environment groups in the Philippines are pleading with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take out Canada's trash.

Activists urge Trudeau to act as Canadian trash continues to rot in Manila

Under the banner EcoWaste Coalition, the groups wrote a letter to Trudeau on Wednesday asking him to make good on a promise he made when he visited Manila in November 2017 to finally address more than two million kilograms of Canadian household and electronic waste rotting in two Filipino ports for nearly six years.

In 2013 and 2014, a total of 103 shipping containers from Canada labelled as plastics arrived in the Philippines for recycling, but Filipino customs inspectors determined the containers were actually filled with debris from Canadian trash bins. Filipino inspectors uncovered mounds of adult diapers, soiled papers, electronic equipment and assorted household waste in the bins, none of which could be recycled. Ottawa may have overpaid for Trans Mountain by up to $1B, parliamentary budget officer says.

The federal Liberal government may have overpaid for the Trans Mountain pipeline project by up to $1 billion, the parliamentary budget officer estimates — and there's a risk its value could decline further if there are any other delays in the construction timeline.

Ottawa may have overpaid for Trans Mountain by up to $1B, parliamentary budget officer says

Even if Ottawa paid too much, however, the value of the project for Canada's oil producers — and in turn for government coffers — is considerable, as it will close a price gap that plagues the oilpatch, the Parliamentary Budget Office said in a report released Thursday. The report says both the existing pipeline and the proposed expansion project are valued at between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion, an imprecise range that pegs it at either well below the government's purchase price — $4.5 billion — or right on the money. "The government negotiated a purchase price at the higher end of PBO's valuation range. PBO's financial valuation assumes that the pipeline is built on time and on budget," says the report. B.C. Election reform bill passed in time for implementation in 2019 federal vote. Ottawa rejects senators' demand to give greater weight to human rights in arms deals. The Trudeau government, which is still weighing whether to suspend shipments in the $15-billion sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, has rejected a call from Canadian senators to give human rights and international humanitarian law greater weight in the arms-export control system.

Ottawa rejects senators' demand to give greater weight to human rights in arms deals

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, in a letter to the Senate human rights committee, said she could not agree to this or another recommendation that would place additional controls on the end use of Canadian goods by foreign customers to ensure they are not part of serious violations of rights or international humanitarian law. Ms. Freeland wrote in the letter, dated Nov. 2, that if Canada instituted new export controls unilaterally, it would be out of step with its allies and place Canadian exporters at a disadvantage. Story continues below advertisement Canada and other countries are considering measures to censure Saudi Arabia over the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Liberals 'absolutely committed' to Trans Mountain after Federal Court of Appeal quashes construction approvals. In a stunning blow, the Federal Court of Appeal has quashed approvals to build the Trans Mountain expansion project, but the federal government is determined to proceed with the pipeline.

Liberals 'absolutely committed' to Trans Mountain after Federal Court of Appeal quashes construction approvals

Today's ruling is a major victory for Indigenous groups and environmentalists opposed to the $7.4-billion project. In the decision released Thursday, and written by Justice Eleanor Dawson, the court found the National Energy Board's assessment of the project was so flawed that it should not have been relied on by the federal cabinet when it gave final approval to proceed in November 2016. Trudeau government removes 'climate change' from name of cabinet committee on the environment.

Kinder Morgan just told its shareholders how it persuaded the Trudeau government to pay billions for a pipeline no one else wanted to buy. PressProgress. News New study finds Canada’s public social expenditures rank in the bottom 10 of all OECD countries Think government spending on social programs is out-of-control? Nevermind what the Fraser Institute and other right-wing groups will tell you, Canada is actually underfunding social programs by a significant amount compared to other industrialized countries around the world.

According to a new OECD study looking at how much countries spend on services, benefits and tax breaks related to healthcare, families, old age security, unemployment, housing and more, Canada’s public social expenditures fall well below the OECD average – even lower than the United States. Using the latest data available, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development calculates Canada’s public spending on social programs is equal to 17.2% of GDP, placing Canada well below the OECD average (21%) and ranking Canada in the bottom 10 of all 35 industrialized OECD countries. The Illusion of a Gentle Machine Gun Hand. On May 31, 2018, Canada’s Minister of Public Services and Procurement announced the construction of new Joint Support Ships (JSS) for the Royal Canadian Navy.

“With the construction of the JSS,” declared Carla Qualtrough, “our government is delivering on our commitment to support the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy as they undertake humanitarian and military missions on behalf of our great country.” While the core capability of the JSS will be the “provision of fuel, ammunition, spare parts, food, water, and other supplies to warships at sea,” the Minister presented these ships as instruments of humanitarian operations, not war or peacemaking. 'I don't remember any negative interactions,' Trudeau says of 18-year-old groping allegation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has directly addressed allegations of "groping" a reporter at an event 18 years ago before he was involved in politics, saying he does not recall any "negative interactions" that day.

Kinder Morgan execs Ian Anderson and David Safari offered $1.5 million bonuses under Trudeau bailout. Liberals' Broken Promise To Fix National Security Laws Risks Our Rights. Trudeau's silence means complicity in the age of Trump. You have to watch closely to catch the moment. It's an instant of recognition or perhaps understanding that, given the public forum, had to remain private, hidden behind a blank stare as an accusatory finger was pointed squarely at the guilty.

This was the scene as Senator Cory Booker launched into an impassioned eight-minute soliloquy during a judiciary committee hearing earlier this month while Donald Trump's Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, sat mute and under oath before him. Why indigenous people are crashing Canada's 150th birthday party. Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, and with free national park access, hundreds of events and a large media campaign by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the country is pulling out all the stops.

But while Canadians revel in a long year of national pride, indigenous communities are crashing the parties and challenging the narrative. In 1867, Canada was formally established through a federation of four provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. Over the next century and a half, the country would slowly grow to what we know as Canada today, adding six more provinces and three territories. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted the nation’s diversity and unity in a statement on Canada Day, July 1, but he also acknowledged wrongdoings in Canadian history. “As we mark Canada 150, we also recognize that for many, today is not an occasion for celebration. Canadians Are Pretty Much Done With America Fawning Over Trudeau. Chris Selley: Facile ‘Canada 150’ celebration deserves to be disrupted.

On Wednesday evening, indigenous protesters marched on to Parliament Hill and, after some back and forth with the local constabulary, erected a large white tepee. People Are Roasting This Manspready Justin Trudeau Magazine Cover. Parliamentary wrap-up: Four bills the government didn't pass — and one it did. Trudeau to drop name of residential schools proponent from Langevin building.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked National Aboriginal Day by promising to strip the name of a residential schools proponent from a federal building and to rename the annual occasion as National Indigenous Peoples Day. Trudeau also formally announced that 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa, a heritage building and former U.S. embassy, will become a space dedicated to Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples.

During an event outside the building located across from Parliament Hill, Trudeau said there has never been a space dedicated to Indigenous peoples in the parliamentary precinct. "That changes today," he said told the crowd of assembled Indigenous leaders and community members. "It is our hope that this historic building will be a powerful symbol of the foundational role of Indigenous peoples in Canada's history as well as our close relationship towards our shared future.

" Justin Trudeau deploys the politics of hype. Jeremy Corbyn offers politics of hope. Liberal MPs Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Sean Casey Vote To Call Out Electoral Reform Pledge. On April 1, 2017, members of Parliament received a rougly 1.4 per cent pay increase, bringing the basic pay of each MP up to $172,700 from $170,400 the year prior. Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet. CETA Signing Was A Molehill. Ratifying It Could Be A Mountain.

Hey, Trudeau: congratulations on signing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Now the real work starts. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L), European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) hold a joint news conference after the signing of CETA at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium on Oct. 30.

(Photo: Eric Vidal/Reuters) Trudeau says pipelines will pay for Canada's transition to a green economy. Steadfast in his commitment to getting Canadian oil to market, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said putting pipelines in the ground will help pay for the country's transition to a greener future. Contrast Between Photo-Op Justin And Policy Trudeau Is Night And Day  He won't talk about his government's non-progressive policies, but man does he ever look good with his shirt off.

It's been 10 months, and Liberal voters are still having a difficult time seeing past the glossy veneer slathered on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They have yet to acknowledge that their aspirational leader is anything other than the exact antithesis to their ideological enemy, Stephen Harper. If you try talking about tough issues, issues that run counter to his best-guy-ever image, you are met with a list of rebuttals completely absolving Trudeau, and then it's just a quick pivot to the ever popular anti-Harper talking points.

It never fails. Ever. A pattern has emerged since last October, and it includes a prime minister who uses the photo op to distract the public from the more conservative facets of his party's agenda. The Saudi arms deal? Contrast Between Photo-Op Justin And Policy Trudeau Is Night And Day  Justin Trudeau’s Hamburg speech hints at populist shift in Ottawa: Paul Wells. The St. Address by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the St. Matthew’s Day Banquet in Hamburg, Germany. Justin Trudeau's tweets won’t make Canada a refugee haven—but popular pressure can. Canada now best nation in world by default - The Beaverton. Contrast Between Photo-Op Justin And Policy Trudeau Is Night And Day