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Justice Minister at Center of Trudeau Political Tempest Will Not Testify Again

Chris Wattie/Reuters OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has been trying for weeks to shift the country’s attention from accusations by his former justice minister that his government improperly pressured her on a criminal case. On Wednesday, members of his party helped him do that by blocking the minister from testifying again about the matter before a parliamentary committee. Mr. Trudeau’s opponents immediately cried foul. “What does this say to Canadians?” said Tracey Ramsey, a member of the New Democratic Party. “That they have something to hide.” The committee is controlled by Mr. Trudeau’s Liberal party. He also told lawmakers that Ms. Wilson-Raybould, who was moved to the less prestigious post of veterans affairs in January before she resigned from the cabinet, was first offered the job of Indigenous affairs minister but turned it down. And Conservatives pushed for the committee to call her back. Trudeau directed his committee members to shut down the committee’s investigation into the SNC-Lavalin scandal,” Pierre Poilievre, a Conservative, told reporters. Since then, the Liberals appear to have been trying to focus the conversation on a budget that will be presented on Tuesday and will outline the government’s priorities leading up to the national election in October. Mr. Trudeau is in Florida this week with his family on a school break vacation.

Maple leaf and hockey sticks: Tim Hortons shrugs off the politics to go all-Canadian...

The store in Shanghai — the first of a planned 1,500 — has hockey sticks for door handles and abundant maple leaves, on cups and dusted on the tops of lattes. And that’s been around and survived 60 years “I’m not the political expert,” Tim Hortons President Alex Macedo said Tuesday. What Macedo can control, though, is how much Tim Hortons reveals about its Canadian roots to Chinese consumers. “And that’s been around and survived 60 years.” “When we tested the brand and our products, people were fine. We didn’t test anything political, I don’t think. So I think it was a good day.” The China expansion is out of the Restaurant Brands International Inc. playbook. Cartesian builds and runs the restaurants, with the option to sub-franchise them. By using the same strategy — and the same private equity firm — with Tim Hortons in China, Macedo was confident the company will surpass its goal of opening 1,500 locations in 10 years, political tensions or not. “If the Chinese government is annoyed and feels that it has unfairly dealt with, then it will respond by telling its people that the Chinese people have been hurt.” It’s not yet clear whether the Huawei episode will reach that level, he said, though news of a spike in Chinese imports of Canadian soy beans in January could be interpreted as an encouraging sign for Canadian brands in China. And one of the most obvious things that Tim Hortons can do is to basically say they’re not American.”

MARIN: Trudeau played petty politics with Jagmeet Singh

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau works very hard on his public image. In his former job, he was highly respected as the Deputy Leader of the NDP at Queen’s Park. And Trudeau was faced with headlines such as “Pioneering party leader could be the Trudeau Canada hoped for.” Singh had both substance and style. Because a frightened Trudeau and his clan have been scheming non-stop to prevent him from getting a seat in the House of Commons. Singh announced last August that he would be running in the by-election in South Burnaby as the seat became vacant on Sept. 14, 2018. If Trudeau claims to be a gentleman or a “gentlepeople,” to borrow Trudeau’s lingo, he would not have run a candidate against him. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May announced last August that she would not fight Singh in a by-election, an informal parliamentary custom called “leader’s courtesy.” A classy move by May. While rumours were brewing that Trudeau would do the same, he balked and showed he wanted to play hard ball with Singh. Singh’s failure to connect with voters is due to the political machinations of “angel politician” Trudeau. Regardless of Trudeau’s ill-will towards Singh, he will now face a liberal in the upcoming by-election followed by a general election in the fall.

National monument land Trump gave back to ‘the people of the United States’ to...

What are some of your thoughts on this? Here we are on the Pacific Ocean. I bought it fifteen years ago. I made one of the great deals they say ever. I have no more mortgage on it as I will certify and represent to you. And I was able to buy this and make a great deal. That’s what I want to do for the country. We have to, we have to bring it back, but God is the ultimate. I mean God created this (points to his golf course and nature surrounding it), and here’s the Pacific Ocean right behind us. So nobody, no thing, no there’s nothing like God.”[1]

Canada and America are cousins. We don’t stab each other in the back

What has just happened to Canada? And we are the Americans’, although most of them don’t know it. Canada was a founding member of Nato and a strong supporter of the new international institutions such as the United Nations, the IMF and the World Bank the Americans were setting up. There is much more to the relationship than security and trade. Canadians see the Americans as cousins. Americans tend to think we are just like them and so don’t bother to learn much about us. Trump’s vulgarity could be the one diplomatic style Kim Jong-un understands | Simon Jenkins Read more When Donald Trump was elected, our government, as its predecessors have always done, set out to establish friendly links with the new administration. Trudeau himself and his foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, made a point of getting alongside the new president and his advisers. So when Trump calls the chief minister of one of his country’s most reliable friends “very dishonest and weak” he is clearly not putting the interests of the United States first. The United States is shattering an international order – economic but also political – that has served the world and the US itself well.

Facebook suspends Canadian political data firm

(CNN)Facebook announced late Friday that it is suspending AggregateIQ, a Canadian data firm, for its alleged ties to SCL, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica. "In light of recent reports that AggregateIQ may be affiliated with SCL and may, as a result, have improperly received FB user data, we have added them to the list of entities we have suspended from our platform while we investigate," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN. "Our internal review continues, and we will cooperate fully with any investigations by regulatory authorities." In a statement on its website, AggregateIQ distanced itself from Cambridge Analytica and SCL but did not deny it has done work with SCL. "AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates. It has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity. All work AggregateIQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client." Cambridge Analytica said in a statement last week that it had "subcontracted some digital marketing and software development to Aggregate IQ in 2014 and 2015," and added, "The suggestion that Cambridge Analytica was somehow involved in any work done by Aggregate IQ in the 2016 EU referendum is entirely false." The news comes after Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, and its parent company last month over concerns about violations of the social media site's policies. Facebook has said the data was initially collected by a professor for academic purposes in line with its rules.