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Canadian PM overhauls cabinet
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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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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 actions. Par ...
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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 3 ...
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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 r ...
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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 hono ...
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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 ...
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BREAKING: Soldier Wounded in Shooting at Canadian Parliament

Oct 22 2014 9:24am CDT | Source: Big Government

Reports are emerging of a shooting at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa, with one soldier wounded. The building is currently in lockdown, with legislators still inside and a gunman believed to still be at large. Josh Wingrove, a reporter who is within the building says that a gunman is within the building and that he has heard "dozens" of gunshots. It is believed that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was within the Parliament building when the i ...
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Driver Fatally Shot After Hitting Canadian Soldiers

Oct 21 2014 7:33am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

MONTREAL (AP) — A man who was shot and killed by police after he struck two members of the Canadian military with his car Monday in a city near Montreal had become influenced by radical Islam, an official familiar with the case said. Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman David Falls said the suspect "was known to Federal authorities" and "authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized." An official familiar with the cas ...
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Intense Industry Pressure Causes E.U. To Stop Calling Tar Sands Dirty

Oct 7 2014 2:44pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

Fort McMurray, Alberta, 2012. CREDIT: flickr/ kris krüg After years of intense lobbying from Canadian fossil fuel interests and government officials, the European Union has abandoned plans to label Canadian tar sands, or oil sands, as dirtier than other forms of crude oil. A European Commission proposal released on Tuesday would make it so that no transportation fuel used in the E.U. would be penalized for the carbon ...
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Without New Policies, Federal Watchdog Says Canada Will Fail To Meet Climate Goals

Oct 7 2014 2:12pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

An aerial view of tar sands mining in Fort McMurray. CREDIT: Emily Atkin Canada’s federal government isn’t doing enough to meet its 2020 target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, according to a new report from the country’s environmental watchdog. In 2009, as part of the Copenhagen Accord, Canada pledged to reduce its emissions 17 percent by 2020, compared to 2005 levels. The report, which was put together by Canada’s ...
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ISIS Spokesman: 'We Will Burn Your Crosses and Enslave Your Women'

Sep 22 2014 2:19pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The Islamic State released an audio recording of spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani encouraging Muslims in America, Canada, France, and Australia to murder non-believers. Adnani is one of the most superior members in the terrorist group. “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the count ...
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