The storyline detailing the flood of refugees crossing into Canada to escape Donald Trump should be kept in perspective.
First, it is not a flood. Second, not all of those who claim to be refugees will necessarily be granted that status. Third, it is not yet clear that all or even most are fleeing the new U.S. president.
Opposition and Interim Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose unveiled her plan to hold the Canadian judiciary more accountable when it comes to presiding over sexual assault trials. Ambrose's Private Member Bill - the Judicial Accountability through Sexual Assault Law Training Act (JUST Act) was tabled Thursday morning to hold the Canadian judiciary responsible for the ongoing training of its judges on the application of law in sexual assault trials.
Justin Trudeau has discovered Europe. The prime minister had hoped to find there a counterweight to Canada's economic dependence on the U.S. He found instead a continent anxious about American intentions and desperate to find someone who could interpret Donald Trump.
Almost a decade ago, Montreal philosopher Charles Taylor - one of Canada's leading intellectuals - co-presided over a provincial commission on religious accommodation that recommended, among other measures, that Quebec impose a secular dress code on the province's judges and police forces.
OK. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have met. They did not get into a slanging match. They did agree that Canada and the U.S. are the best of pals. They issued a bland but not unimportant joint communiquÈ.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Donald Trump handed Justin Trudeau the rose he coveted on Monday in Washington. Like all roses, it comes with thorns. Only time will tell whether those thorns matter more than the flower itself.