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.

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Trudeau says McLellan report on AG role won't be released until SNC ethics probe released

The findings of an examination into whether the roles of justice minister and attorney general should be divided, won’t be made public until the federal ethics commissioner issues his report on the SNC-Lavalin affair, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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According to reports, some Liberal insiders have privately expressed they believe the Ethics Commissioner's report will be released in early September. With Trudeau's announcement today, the Liberals will be trying to 'blunt the impact' of a potentially damaging report by releasing McLellan's findings the same day.

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Trudeau, Tory to discuss gun violence in Toronto

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to meet with Toronto’s mayor Tuesday to discuss possible strategies to combat gun violence. The prime minister’s meeting with John Tory is set to take place a day after the federal, provincial and municipal governments announced they would jointly offer $4.5 million to Toronto police to tackle gun crime.

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Gun violence has been all the talk in Toronto  after an August long weekend saw 17 people shot. Sussex's Hugues Theoret wrote the featured article this week on how recent gun violence, here, and in the United States, has fuelled calls for a national hand gun ban. Although this topic will be at the top of the agenda in the meeting between Tory and Trudeau, the federal election will certainly be discussed.

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Maxime Bernier left out of federal leaders' election debate, for now

The Leaders' Debate Commission, the body organizing two major federal election debates, has invited the leaders of five political parties to participate with the notable exception of People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier.

The parties all met at least two of the three criteria for participation established last year by the federal government.

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In order to satisfy the third criterion, the PPC will be required to submit a list of 3-5 ridings in which it thinks it has a legitimate chance of winning. If Bernier chooses to do so, those 3-5 ridings will give the other federal parties, as well as the Canadian audience as a whole, some insight into where the PPC will be focusing its resources leading up to the election. Bernier's riding of Beauce, as well as Vancouver-Granville, where Jody Wilson-Raybould's former staffer is the PPC candidate, seem likely to be on that list.

Bernier has until August 23 to submit the list to the Leaders’ Debates Commission.


Trump has sent unusual, Sharpie-written notes to Trudeau at least twice: Axios

One missive was so odd, the Canadian ambassador double-checked with the White House to be sure it wasn't a prank. In at least one instance, Trudeau also wrote to Trump. The exchange of handwritten notes, never before reported, was confirmed by several sources with firsthand knowledge.

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This is quite the odd story coming out of the United States. It is yet another hurdle in dealing with the Trump presidency. After two of these unusual notes, with one pointing to the false claim that the U.S. had a trade deficit with Canada, Trudeau felt compelled to respond in the same fashion, sending Trump a hand written note referring to him as "Donald" and enclosing a cut out of Canada's informational page from the website of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, so as to dispute the President's claim. Trudeau also wished him happy holidays.


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.

Airdate: Aug 14, 2019


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


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


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


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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