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Canada should pull troops out of Iraq

By Scott Taylor      

Following the U.S. president’s decision to have American troops leave Syria, Canada ought to do the same for its military personnel in Iraq. We have no skin in the game.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, pictured speaking to reporters in the House foyer on Dec. 6, should bring Canadian troops home from their five-year-old mission in Iraq, argues Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—A weapons cache valued at about $10-million is sitting in limbo in a Montreal warehouse, Postmedia reported last week. This arsenal includes .50-calibre sniper rifles equipped with silencers, 60-millimetre mortars, Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket launchers, pistols, carbines, thermal binoculars, cameras, scopes, and medical supplies.

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‘There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party’: Harper’s interference in Conservative leadership dividing Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
Some Conservatives say Stephen Harper is certainly entitled to his opinion, but others say he should stay out of this critical leadership race.

No more shush deals: Senators ready to press for accountability, harassment reforms once Parliament returns

A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.

Former diplomats and experts at odds over potential Canadian re-engagement with Tehran

News|By Neil Moss
Some believe that Canada needs to engage globally including with countries that it doesn't agree with, but others say restoring diplomatic relations with Iran will be viewed as a reward.

PCO, Canada’s high commissioner to U.K. likely consulted in royal couple’s plans to move here part time, say experts

News|By Mike Lapointe
Multiple government departments remain quiet on any role they’ve played in the royal couple’s plans to move to Canada part time.

Ottawa to give $25,000 in ‘immediate assistance’ per victim to Canadian families affected by downing of Ukraine International Flight 752

News|By Palak Mangat
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has enlisted Independent Senator Stan Kutcher, an expert on mental health, to provide advice on how to support the grieving families.

Canada Proud’s Jeff Ballingall joins O’Toole leadership team

The Canada Proud Facebook page, which is followed by more than 190,000 people, posted a glowing quote about Mr. O'Toole from a column by Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley.

Public servants still waiting to engage with public service renewal parl sec

News|By Mike Lapointe
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra is the ‘first parliamentary secretary to be tasked to exercise leadership in this area,’ according to the Prime Minister's Office, but unions say they haven’t heard from him yet.

Trudeau set right tone in the days after Flight 752 downing, say foreign policy experts

News|By Neil Moss
Trudeau's comments have underpinned Canada's interests-based foreign policy, says former diplomat Colin Robertson.

One patrol ship and 118 Crown vehicles vandalized, part of $24.2-million in lost property in 2018-19

Federal court pay outs totalled roughly $28.1-million in 2018-19, including a roughly $10-million court award paid out by Global Affairs Canada under NAFTA’s Chapter 11.
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