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Two kinds of security: the PM’s and the world’s

By Jim Creskey      

When the time comes and when all the nations of the world begin to find their way out of this death spiral, they will need the help of people like the 24 who recently gathered in Ottawa to encourage Canada to give up being an enabler of catastrophe. They will be of enormous help in creating a sound, verifiable nuclear disarmament plan.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Dec. 1, talking to reporters before the Liberal national caucus meeting in the West Block. The prime minister spoke with António Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations, on Nov. 30. They spoke, said the PMO, about Ethiopia, COVID, climate change, pollution, and sustainable development, but it did not say if Guterres spoke with the PM about nuclear weapons. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—A cold wind blows across Parliament Hill as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks on the north side of Wellington Street from the West Block to the PMO. Unbent by the late November weather, he stands straight, his eyes fixed on where he is going as he waits for the light to turn before he crosses the street to his office. He’s flanked by his security entourage of one woman and five men. Despite the cold, all the men have their coats and jackets open, presumably to draw a gun if the PM is threatened. They scan the surroundings, eyeing a lone pedestrian, me, and a small group of demonstrators on the Hill. Across the street, the automotive contingent of the PM’s security detail: the lineup of black Chevy Suburbans and Ford Explorers stands ready.

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NDP caucus retreat brings renewed focus on health care and cost-of-living concerns ahead of House return

News|By Matthew Horwood 3:59 PM ET
NDP MPs say last week's retreat was a chance to speak about issues impacting Canadians the most and to 'amplify' their voices when the House of Commons sits again.

Liberal leadership speculation a distraction, Trudeau should shut it down firmly, say Liberal MPs, political insiders, and pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
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News|By Abbas Rana
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MPs say they've experienced rising threats to their personal safety and increased difficulty connecting with their constituents during the pandemic.

Supply chain crisis and federal budget occupy agriculture sector in busy December

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News|By Abbas Rana
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Feature|By Chelsea Nash
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Ottawa on the hook for $4-billion tied to abandoned mines’ cleanup in the North

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