Shared Services Canada to begin talks on allowing federal departments to ‘opt out’ from centralized IT service

The Trudeau government has loosened the rules requiring departments to centralize all IT services through Shared Services Canada, though it remains unclear if and how they will exercise this new power.


Trump’s pick for ambassador to Canada talks NAFTA at U.S. Senate nomination hearing

Kelly Knight Craft speaks to members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 20. U.S. President Donald Trump nominated her to be his top representative in Canada on June 15, in a push to get her to Ottawa before the two countries start NAFTA negotiations in August with Mexico. Screenshot courtesy of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee website

While the two countries have strong trade ties, 'I believe we can do even better,' Kelly Knight Craft told members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She said she would promote 'free and fair trade to ensure that American businesses and workers can compete on a level playing field.'

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    Friday , July 21 , 2017

    Conservative MP Larry Miller (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Ont.) celebrates his birthday today. He turns 61.

    Friday , July 21 , 2017

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to appear at a Liberal Party Laurier Club reception. July 21. 6-9 p.m. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St., Halifax, N.S. Free for current Laurier Club donors. Anyone otherwise wanting to go must renew their Laurier Club status or become a Laurier Club donor. Media coverage is being facilitated for this event and the names of guests in attendance will be listed online within 45 days. Pre-registration is required and will close on July 20.

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    Manitoba Senator Marilou McPhedran of the Independent Senators Group celebrates her birthday today. She turns 66.

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    Liberal MP Brenda Shanahan (Châteauguay-Lacolle, Que.) celebrates her birthday today. She turns 59.

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