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‘For me, it’s personal’: Minister Sohi reflects on passion for infrastructure portfolio

'When I came [to Canada], the infrastructure that was available to me, such as recreational facilities, soccer fields, libraries, [the] public transit system, enabled me to succeed.'
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The court ruled in an 8-1 verdict released Friday that the ex-Conservative PMO aide broke the law when he tried to use his influence with government to secure contracts supplying water filtration units to First Nations communities for a company employing his then-girlfriend.
The report comes as advocates call on businesses to be more forthright about the risk they face from disruptions caused by climate change, including the introduction of new regulations.
When asked if the government was considering a support fund for extractive industries or other businesses poised to be hit hard by the new carbon price, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said it was not, and instead noted that all revenue generated from the new fee will be returned to the 'jurisdiction of origin.'
'With all of our trade agreements in place, our agriculture and food industry will have a competitive advantage in almost two-thirds of the global economy,' the agriculture minister told The Hill Times.
Nearly 30 suppliers of printers and photocopiers have launched an advocacy group to protest the new system, arguing the new requirements will bar them from effectively competing for lucrative government contracts. 
'This decision by SSC will definitely hurt us, it will impact our business,' says the owner of a Yukon-based office systems provider. But Shared Services Canada says it's needed to streamline buying and get better deals.
The tabling of the budget late last month just happened to coincide with Donald Trump’s latest and arguably boldest protectionist action on the trade front, with the president announcing the U.S. will impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imports.
Canada is set to start formal trade talks with the South American bloc Mercosur, meanwhile it's ready to sign the revised TPP this week, as Donald Trump says he'll impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

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