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Canadian MPs vote to ban LGBT 'conversion therapy'

Canada's House of Commons has voted unanimously to ban so-called LGBT conversion therapy. The legislation would make it illegal to have a child undergo the practice or have anyone unwillingly undergo it. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals proposed the measure, though its passage prompted applause on both sides of the aisle.

bbc.com ,  8 hours ago 0
Canadian MPs vote to ban LGBT 'conversion therapy'

Behind closed doors, Conservatives hatched a strategy to move past conversion therapy controversy

OTTAWA—A Conservative plan to defuse the ticking political time bomb that was the Liberals’ latest bill to ban conversion therapy came together over two intense days of deliberation and a clear message from Erin O’Toole to his caucus: we need to move on. Although dozens of them are on the record as opposing the ban, Conservative MPs unanimously asked the House of Commons to pass the bill in a single step Wednesday, a move that came just minutes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau castigated them for voting against it the last time around.

thespec.com ,  21 hours ago 0
Behind closed doors, Conservatives hatched a strategy to move past conversion therapy controversy

O’Toole to allow free vote for Conservative MPs on new conversion therapy ban

OTTAWA - Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will once again allow his caucus to have a free vote on a government bill seeking to ban conversion therapy. The so-called therapy is widely discredited as a harmful practice, aimed at trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

thespec.com ,  22 hours ago 1
O’Toole to allow free vote for Conservative MPs on new conversion therapy ban

Norad modernization awaiting political direction as China, Russia develop new threats

OTTAWA - The commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command says China and Russia are developing new ways to attack even as he waits for political direction to modernize the continent’s outdated early-warning system. U.S. Gen. Glen VanHerck made the comments during a roundtable with reporters this afternoon during his first visit to Ottawa since taking over as Norad commander in August 2020.

thespec.com ,  1 day ago 5
Norad modernization awaiting political direction as China, Russia develop new threats

Flood-Ravaged Western Canada Braces for More Rain

OTTAWA - Canada's westernmost province British Columbia is bracing for another downpour that officials said Sunday could be as bad or worse than a torrent that caused major flooding and deadly mudslides two weeks ago. 'We're in the middle of one of the most intense series of storms that we have seen along coastal B.C.,' British Columbia Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth told a briefing.

thelondonnews.net ,  3 days ago 1
Flood-Ravaged Western Canada Braces for More Rain

Trudeau’s clear path on priorities

Although Justin Trudeau’s Liberals may have the thinnest public support of any federal government in Canadian history, a shade less than one-third of the two-thirds of the eligible voters who cast ballots on Sept. 20 — or roughly 20 per cent of the entire electorate — we should probably stop calling them a minority government.

thespec.com ,  3 days ago 0
Trudeau’s clear path on priorities

Justin Trudeau went back to Ottawa with the same agenda. Inflation had other plans

MONTREAL — Looking at the reopening of the House of Commons last Monday, one could have been forgiven for forgetting that a federal election had so recently taken place. In many obvious ways, the 44th Parliament looks like a clone of the previous one. It features the same leaders, the same Speaker, the same party dynamics and, essentially, the same government agenda.

thespec.com ,  3 days ago 0
Justin Trudeau went back to Ottawa with the same agenda. Inflation had other plans

Is Justin Trudeau to blame for inflation? That depends on which Conservative you ask

Just when we start to think Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre has scored a point in blaming inflation all on Justin Trudeau, his leader comes along and upsets the apple cart. “This is a global phenomenon,” Erin O’Toole told reporters on Thursday in response to questions about high inflation all over the developed world.

thespec.com ,  5 days ago 0
Is Justin Trudeau to blame for inflation? That depends on which Conservative you ask

Intense weather systems head for B.C. as province reopens, repairs major road routes

VICTORIA - Rainstorms of increasing intensity are forecast to hit British Columbia over the coming days, prompting warnings for people to be prepared to evacuate floodwaters if necessary. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the biggest rainstorm is expected to arrive on Tuesday and people living in areas prone to flooding should be on alert.

thespec.com ,  5 days ago 1
Intense weather systems head for B.C. as province reopens, repairs major road routes

Whether it’s inflation or ‘Justinflation,’ Liberals are keeping a careful eye on grocery prices

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland would like you to know that she will be grocery shopping in Toronto this weekend. “I’m going to cook on Saturday,” Freeland told reporters at a news conference this week. “I go to the grocery store whenever I’m home.”

thespec.com ,  6 days ago 0
Whether it’s inflation or ‘Justinflation,’ Liberals are keeping a careful eye on grocery prices

Gen. Wayne Eyre named permanent defence chief despite McDonald seeking reinstatement

OTTAWA - Gen. Wayne Eyre has been officially appointed Canada’s next chief of the defence staff, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday. “General Eyre will continue working hard to build and oversee cultural change in the Canadian Armed Forces, and to gain trust and confidence of survivors of sexual misconduct,” Trudeau said in a statement.

thespec.com ,  6 days ago 0
Gen. Wayne Eyre named permanent defence chief despite McDonald seeking reinstatement

Environment watchdog slams Canada’s — and Justin Trudeau’s — record fighting climate change

OTTAWA—Canada’s independent environment commissioner has delivered a sobering assessment of the country’s failure to fight climate change over the past 30 years, describing the federal government’s decisions as “incoherent” and slamming the Liberals for providing hundreds of millions of dollars to the oil and gas sector without ensuring the money would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

thespec.com ,  6 days ago 0
Environment watchdog slams Canada’s — and Justin Trudeau’s — record fighting climate change

Throne speech needed to say more about surging inflation

It was passing strange that Tuesday’s Liberal speech from the throne was called “Building a Resilient Economy” but quickly skated over the biggest short-term threat to the Canadian economy today. That threat is the runaway annual inflation rate. It leapt to 4.7 per cent in October — the highest it’s been in nearly 19 years — and left Canadians struggling with year-over-year increases of 25.5 per cent for energy, 10.1 per cent for transportation, 4.8 per cent for shelter and 3.8 per cent for food.

thespec.com ,  6 days ago 0
Throne speech needed to say more about surging inflation

Justin Trudeau holds on to power with help from the one party that doesn’t want it

When Louis Plamondon, the longest-serving member of the House of Commons, took the speaker’s chair Monday to oversee the election of the new speaker, the 12-term Bloc Québécois MP decided to impart some life lessons. “When I was elected in 1984, cellphones, the internet and faxes did not exist.

thespec.com ,  7 days ago 0
Justin Trudeau holds on to power with help from the one party that doesn’t want it

MPs hold emergency debate on B.C. floods, climate change

OTTAWA - The House of Commons held an emergency debate Wednesday night on the devastating floods in British Columbia amid increased attention to how ill-prepared the country is for the effects of a changing climate. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the debate to once again assure British Columbians that the federal government, which has already deployed more than 500 Canadian Armed Forces members, will be there to support them and help them rebuild from the flooding and deadly mudslides.

thespec.com ,  7 days ago 0
MPs hold emergency debate on B.C. floods, climate change

First postelection question period picks up where campaign partisanship left off

OTTAWA - Members of Parliament are wasting no time plunging back into fractious partisanship. In the first question period since the Sept. 20 election returned practically the same minority House of Commons, Conservatives got personal while blaming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for skyrocketing inflation. They accused him of being out of touch with the concerns of average Canadians, repeatedly questioning whether he knows the price of gas, a loaf of bread, lumber or other basic household goods.

thespec.com ,  7 days ago 0
First postelection question period picks up where campaign partisanship left off

Erin O’Toole lashes out at Justin Trudeau, says PM puts ‘own needs’ ahead of public

OTTAWA—Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole lashed out Wednesday at what he called an ideologically-driven Liberal government bent on putting Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s needs ahead of the country in a speech aimed also at unifying and refocusing his team. O’Toole’s publicly-broadcast remarks at the start of his weekly caucus meeting kick off a high-stakes period for the leader, whose every move has been under scrutiny since he failed to topple the Trudeau Liberals in the fall election.

thespec.com ,  7 days ago 1
Erin O’Toole lashes out at Justin Trudeau, says PM puts ‘own needs’ ahead of public

Liberals want to ban conversion therapy for children. Are adults next?

The Liberal government is set to table a “stronger” bill before the end of the year banning the discredited practice of conversion therapy. The Liberals’ election platform promised that the bill would “extend coverage of the ban to include people over 18 years of age.” That’s likely a nod to a demand from survivors and advocates that the ban apply to all adults regardless of consent.

thespec.com ,  7 days ago 0
Liberals want to ban conversion therapy for children. Are adults next?

Canada's Liberals lay out parliamentary agenda

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has laid out a legislative agenda with a focus on climate and economic recovery. The Throne Speech comes after a five month parliamentary hiatus during which voters re-elected his minority Liberals. Mr Trudeau must once again seek cross-party votes to pass new legislation. The opposition Conservatives said the speech failed to adequately address issues like rising inflation and affordability concerns.

msn.com ,  8 days ago 0
Canada's Liberals lay out parliamentary agenda

It was Justin Trudeau’s throne speech, but Mary Simon stole the spotlight

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon stole the show. It wasn’t just her purple hair, her well-practised French, or the Inuktitut she spoke, in a parliamentary first, while she read the speech from the throne. But it does have to do with that label: “first.” She is, notably, the first Indigenous person appointed to represent the Queen in Canada.

thespec.com ,  8 days ago 0
It was Justin Trudeau’s throne speech, but Mary Simon stole the spotlight