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National Column: Pride proud to not single out groups

Reading Time: 3 minutesToronto’s Pride parade prides itself on never shouting down – or shutting down – participants.

That may be news to the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, which rained on this month’s parade when it ransomed the event. But it’s an important distinction, the difference between protest tactics and parade principles. […]

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National Column: Coffee, tea or electoral reform?

Reading Time: 3 minutes“Congratulations! You have decided to host a dialogue on Canadian federal electoral reform,” I read in the federal government’s new handbook, Your Guide to Hosting a Successful Dialogue on Canadian Federal Electoral Reform, as I walked up Parliament Hill on Thursday. […]

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Mail could stop Friday, business group concerned

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is encouraging the postal service to find a solution to what they see as a growing pension problem and urging a quick settlement before any mail disruption.

Before Monday’s 72-hour notice of a postal lockout, the CFIB issued a letter to Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra calling for a settlement and noting pension costs must be lowered to ensure plans are sustainable and don’t force rate hikes or service cuts on customers.
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National Column: Effort matters more than pep talks

Reading Time: 3 minutesI like a good speech, too, just like you. Even when it doesn’t always line up precisely with the facts.

Canada’s Parliament has seen many distinguished visitors, but those who were there will be talking about Barack Obama’s speech for years to come. In the perilous hour, with Britain apparently pulling out of the European Union and Donald Trump the likely Republican nominee for president, Obama made a detailed and compelling case for a more generous path. […]

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National Column: The Trudeau Interview: Fourth of five parts

Reading Time: 3 minutesCanada would be seen as a “banana republic” if it scrapped a $15-billion deal to sell armed vehicles to Saudi Arabia, Justin Trudeau says.

“People have to know that when you sign a deal with Canada, a change in governments won’t immediately scrap the jobs and benefits coming from it,” the prime minister said in an interview in his office in Parliament’s Centre Block. “Because we’re not a banana republic.” […]