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Ottawa announces $1.75B to compensate dairy farmers harmed by trade deals

The Liberal government is delivering $1.75 billion in compensation for dairy producers negatively impacted by the CETA and the CPTPP. The funding will roll out over eight years for nearly 11,000 farmers to compensate them for losses. About $345 million of that total will be paid out in the first year in direct payments according to their production quotas.

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The president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) Pierre Lampron sent a clear message on Friday to the Prime Minister: keep your promise. That promise being that the Government of Canada will make no further concessions to the domestic dairy market in future trade negotiations. This injection of cash will be welcomed by dairy farmers across the country who have struggled in 2019.

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Wilson-Raybould talks about Trudeau ethics report, SNC-Lavalin controversy

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is responding to Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s report into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s conduct in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Wilson-Raybould says Dion’s report validates the importance of independence for institutions like the attorney general’s office.

August 15, 2019
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Ottawa announces $1.75B to compensate dairy farmers harmed by trade deals

The Liberal government is delivering $1.75 billion in compensation for dairy producers negatively impacted by the CETA and the CPTPP. The funding will roll out over eight years for nearly 11,000 farmers to compensate them for losses. About $345 million of that total will be paid out in the first year in direct payments according to their production quotas.

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The president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) Pierre Lampron sent a clear message on Friday to the Prime Minister: keep your promise. That promise being that the Government of Canada will make no further concessions to the domestic dairy market in future trade negotiations. This injection of cash will be welcomed by dairy farmers across the country who have struggled in 2019.

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Ethics committee to hold emergency meeting next Wednesday; seek to hear from Dion about SNC-Lavalin report

Conservative and NDP MPs both requested an urgent meeting of the parliamentary ethics committee in an attempt to hear directly from the federal ethics watchdog about his damning report on the scandal, published Wednesday morning. Conservative MP Bob Zimmer, the committee chair, has confirmed the meeting will take place next Wednesday.

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In February it was Jody Wilson-Raybould who captured the attention of the country when she testified before the ethics committee. Next Wednesday however, it will be Mario Dion, the author of the scathing report released on Wednesday that found the Prime Minister violated ethics laws. Expect the Opposition to press Dion on one specific subject: the efforts the PM and his team made in order to block certain witnesses from testifying.

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Ethics Commissioner finds that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke ethics rules in the SNC-Lavalin affair

The Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion said in his report that PM Trudeau used his position of authority over Jody Wilson-Raybould to seek to influence her decision on whether she should overrule the Director of Public Prosecutions' decision on SNC-Lavalin.

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An absolutely scathing report by Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion with just over two months before the federal election. Trudeau is scheduled for a press conference today in Niagara-on-the-lake. No word yet on whether or not he will attend.

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RCMP looking at SNC-Lavalin affair 'carefully,' promise to take actions 'as required

The RCMP says it's reviewing the facts of the SNC-Lavalin affair "carefully" in the wake of a new damning report from the ethics commissioner that found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act, following renewed calls from the Opposition to investigate.

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Justin Trudeau is already the first sitting PM to have been found in breach of ethics laws, and he's done it twice. If the RCMP decides the evidence put forward by the report warrants a criminal investigation, there will be no more sunny days for Justin Trudeau.

Globe and Mail

Taleeb Noormohamed officially acclaimed as Liberal candidate in Jody Wilson-Raybould's riding of Vancouver Granville

The Liberals now have a candidate in the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Granville, where their biggest rival will be someone they once called their own.

Taleeb Noormohamed, a 42-year-old tech entrepreneur, has been acclaimed as the Liberal vying to unseat Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister now seeking re-election as an Independent candidate.

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The riding of Vancouver-Granville will certainly captivate the country given the SNC-Lavalin scandal and Wilson-Raybould's expulsion from the Liberal caucus. In addition, her former staffer is also running as the PPC candidate in that riding. Wilson-Raybould's memoir will be released at the end of the September, in the middle of the campaign.

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How Trudeau's SNC-Lavalin ethics violation could affect the election

The RCMP says it's reviewing the facts of the SNC-Lavalin affair "carefully" in the wake of a new damning report from the ethics commissioner that found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act, following renewed calls from the Opposition to investigate.

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What's at stake for Canada in the Hong Kong protests?

As the situation deteriorates, what's at stake for Canada and the estimated 300,000 Canadians living in the city?

Airdate: Aug 13, 2019

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Maxime Bernier excluded from initial invitations to leaders' election debates

The Leaders' Debates Commission has invited the leaders of five political parties to participate with the notable exception of People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier.

Airdate: Aug 12, 2019

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Inside Trump and Trudeau’s tense relationship

It wasn't long before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau realized he would have to take U.S. President Donald Trump 'with a grain of salt,' according to a new book.

Airdate: Aug 12, 2019

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Trudeau, Scheer in dead heat ahead of federal election: poll

Michael Geoghegan discusses a new poll showing a tight race between Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer.

Airdate: Aug 11, 2019
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Jody Wilson-Raybould said Thursday that as a Canadian, she would've liked to have heard an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The PM reiterated yesterday that while he accepts the findings of the report, he will "not apologize" for protecting Canadian jobs.

The Prime Minister will be Darthmouth for a roundtable to discuss efforts supporting women pursuing careers in the STEM fields. Meanwhile, Transport Minister Marc Garneau will make a funding announcement for a port in Sept-Iles, Que., Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will be in Compton, Que., to give an update on the government’s support for dairy producers, and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef is in Calgary to discuss the feds’ strategy for engaging men and boys in the fight for gender equality.

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