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2021 holds promise, despite challenging start

By Christian Burgsmüller      

On climate action, our mission in the European Union is to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow later this year will certainly be pivotal in this regard. Alongside Canada, we will capitalize on growing momentum to push for a swift implementation of the Paris Agreement and urge our international partners to adopt similarly ambitious policies and significantly increase their emissions reduction targets. Brussels and Ottawa are currently mulling over how best to prevent carbon leakage, while preserving the competitiveness of their industries. We are keen to coordinate our respective approaches to a possible carbon border adjustment mechanism, writes Christian Burgsmüller. Image courtesy of COP26

This year—marking the 45th anniversary of the European Union diplomatic mission in Canada—will be a defining time in transatlantic relations.

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‘I’m surprised that they haven’t cut him loose’: political pressure mounts on Sajjan as military controversies pile up

Ex-military members and opinion columnists have called for the defence minister to resign numerous times over the past three months. 

Poll shows public supports Red Chamber reforms, say Senators, but Conservative Sen. Plett dismisses results as ‘skewed’ and ‘a waste of money’

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News|By Mike Lapointe
With government expenditures approaching a half trillion dollars over the course of the pandemic, spending allocated to forward-looking research and innovation is comparatively small, with a number of science and policy experts saying Canada needs to ramp up to keep up with some of our international allies.

House Finance Committee dives into offshore tax havens again ‘to get answers for Canadians,’ says NDP MP Julian

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Parliamentary Budget Officer estimated that tax avoidance was costing Canada up to $25-billion per year back in 2019.

A tale of two Canadas: Atlantic premiers popular, Ford and Kenney in big trouble

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Oversight board for Facebook decisions a ‘good thing,’ say MPs after body upholds Trump ban

News|By Palak Mangat
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Liberals push for Bloc MP Lemire to appear before BOIE to answer for naked Amos photo leak

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‘Do the right thing’: prison segregation oversight ‘inadequate’ report finds as author, watchdog call for new law

CSC says the external reviewers act as a ‘key safeguard’ to the new ‘structured intervention unit' approach, but the researchers say it's precisely that ‘legitimacy’ the oversight lends that makes its failure a problem.

Budget investments not enough to replace need for new round of COVID student benefits, says Green leader Paul

News|By Alice Chen
Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz says the market has recovered enough to replace the benefit with actual employment, but students advocates say the jobs aren't there yet.
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