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Canadian PM overhauls cabinet

Jul 16 2013, 2:08am CDT | by

Ottawa, July 16 (IANS) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has brought in "younger members of parliament ready for new opportunities" while keeping "steady hands that will continue to deliver strong leadership in key portfolios" in one of the largest Cabinet shuffles he has made since taking office in 2006.

Ottawa, July 16 — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has brought in "younger members of parliament ready for new opportunities" while keeping "steady hands that will continue to deliver strong...

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Canadian PM overhauls cabinet

Jul 16 2013, 2:08am CDT | by

Ottawa, July 16 (IANS) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has brought in "younger members of parliament ready for new opportunities" while keeping "steady hands that will continue to deliver strong leadership in key portfolios" in one of the largest Cabinet shuffles he has made since taking office in 2006.

Ottawa, July 16 — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has brought in "younger members of parliament ready for new opportunities" while keeping "steady hands that will continue to deliver strong leadership in key portfolios" in one of the largest Cabinet shuffles he has made since taking office in 2006.

Eight new faces are part of the 39-member Cabinet. They include Chris Alexander, Canada's former ambassador to Afghanistan, who becomes the country's new minister of citizenship and immigration and replaces Jason Kenney, who now becomes minister of the newly named department of employment and social development that replaces human resource and skills development department, reported Xinhua.

Half of the new appointments are women and include Shelly Glover, a 46-year-old former police officer, who will serve as minister of Canadian heritage and official languages, replacing James Moore, who is now Canada's industry minister.

Harper now has 12 women in his Cabinet, two more than he had before Monday's cabinet overhaul.

Several senior Cabinet ministers remain, although some swapped jobs.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay, a former prosecutor, is now Canada's justice minister and Attorney General, a position held by Rob Nicholson, who now takes over the national defence portfolio.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver all kept their jobs.

A few Cabinet members were dropped, including Environment Minister Peter Kent, who publicly acknowledged that possibility before Monday's swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall, the official residence of Canada's Governor General and representative of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Canada's head of state.

Replacing Kent on the environment file is Leona Aglukkaq, who was the first Inuk (an indigenous person from the Arctic) in Canadian history to be appointed to a federal Cabinet when she was named minister of health in 2008.

Rona Ambrose, previously the minister of public works and government services and the youngest woman in Canadian history to be appointed a Cabinet minister (as environment minister in 2006, at the age of 36), replaces Aglukkaq in the health portfolio.

Monday's cabinet announcements also marked the first time a Canadian prime minister tweeted the appointments before the official ceremony.

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7 weeks ago

Canada is Having a Very Familiar Debate About Home Grown Terrorism

Oct 31 2014 1:56pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Since the shooting in Ottawa last week by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a very familiar political debate has broken out in Canada: Was Zehaf-Bibeau a terrorist or just a disturbed man committing a crime? In his first statement after the attack Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper described Zehah-Bibeau as a terrorist saying, "in the days to come we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had." A few days later the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ...
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Attack on Canadian Parliament Fuels "Anti-Terror" Laws, Ignoring Ties to Mental Illness, Drug Abuse

Oct 28 2014 10:31am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

As Canada mourns the death of a soldier gunned down while standing guard at the National War Monument in Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pushing new antiterrorism legislation that would expand surveillance and intelligence sharing with foreign governments. In the days since the shooting, the gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, has been identified as a convert to Islam with a history of drug abuse, criminal activity ...
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7 weeks ago

Attack on Canadian Parliament Fuels "Anti-Terror" Laws, Ignoring Ties to Mental Illness, Drug Abuse

Oct 28 2014 10:31am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

As Canada mourns the death of a soldier gunned down while standing guard at the National War Monument in Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pushing new antiterrorism legislation that would expand surveillance and intelligence sharing with foreign governments. In the days since the shooting, the gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, has been identified as a convert to Islam with a history of drug abuse, criminal activity and mental illness. The incident came ...
Source: Truthout Stories   Full article at: Truthout Stories
 

 
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7 weeks ago

4 jihad attacks in 4 days

Oct 26 2014 3:21pm CDT | Source: WND

Four terror attacks in as many days: two in Canada one after the other, an ax attack in New York City and vehicular jihad in Jerusalem – and the jihadists are just getting warmed up. Of course, in all of these jihad news stories, getting the facts from the enemedia is difficult, and at times impossible. They self-enforce the Shariah. And so they approach the news story with bleach and a scrub brush, working hard to come up with something (anything ...
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7 weeks ago

As Nation Mourns Fallen Canadian Soldier Nathan Cirillo, His Dogs Wait Patiently for His Return

Oct 25 2014 8:52am CDT | Source: Big Government

Canadian military reservist Nathan Cirillo was killed at gunpoint this week by a jihadist gunman in his nation's capital, leaving behind a loving family and several adopted dogs for which loved ones say he harbored a deep devotion. Those dogs, media sources report, remain waiting for Cirillo at his door, peering out his gate alongside makeshift memorials left for the fallen soldier. According to sou ...
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8 weeks ago

Limbaugh: Ottawa Shooter Example of Mentally Unstable Driven Insane by 'Socialist Propaganda'

Oct 23 2014 4:38pm CDT | Source: Big Government

On his Thursday radio program, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh offered his theory on what drove alleged Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau to act the way he did a day earlier that led to his death and the death of a Canadian soldier at a war memorial. According to Limbaugh, the weak and mentally unstable in western democracies are victims of socialist propaganda, which often times depicts their home countries negatively and that is the root cause of these ...
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8 weeks ago

Report: Ottawa Shooter's Dad Appears to Have Been Rebel Fighter in Libya

Oct 23 2014 2:49pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The father of the man accused of killing a Canadian soldier at the War Memorial in Ottawa and then unleashing a fusillade of bullets in Canada's Parliament Hill before being fatally shot Wednesday appears to have fought alongside anti-Gadhafi rebels in Libya in 2011. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in a statement to the nation, described the shooting incident as a “terrorist attack." The shooter has been identified by authorities as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. ...
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8 weeks ago

Ottawa Attack Is Canada's Fault Says Leading Muslim Journalist

Oct 23 2014 7:38am CDT | Source: Big Government

Afghan-Canadian journalist Nelofer Pazira has told the Independent that yesterday's attack in Ottawa happened because the country's Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper “pushed Canada into joining the US-led war in the Middle East”. She claimed that the country had “become divided” when the government put a group of Muslims on a watch list, and suggested the running over of a soldier earlier this week was in retaliation. Paziri said: ...
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Canada 'Not Intimidated' by Attacks, Says Prime Minister Harper

Oct 23 2014 5:42am CDT | Source: Big Government

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has addressed the country from an undisclosed location following the murder of a soldier yesterday. "For the second time this week there has been a brutal and violent attack on Canadian soil," he said. "Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Cpl Nathan Cirillo who was murdered in cold blood as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada’s national war memorial." "That sacred place that pays tri ...
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8 weeks ago

Why Canada Is Under Attack By Terrorists

Oct 22 2014 3:50pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Most people probably reacted in shock to learn that Canada has now been hit twice by terror attacks against soldiers in three days. Many Americans probably think of it as our sleepy socialist neighbor to the north. But Canada is a key ally in the war against terrorism in general, and ISIS in particular. And today's attack is a harbinger of things to come in America. The notion of a war against Canada can seem a little far-fetched. I show the film "Canadian Bacon" ...
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