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NDP MP Nathan Cullen not ruling out a provincial run in B.C.

Longtime NDP MP Nathan Cullen isn't ruling out a provincial run after he steps back from the federal scene later this year.

What to expect from Monday's emergency summit on Venezuela

One of Canada's top former diplomats says that Canadians shouldn't expect to see much more than a statement of principles coming out of an emergency Lima Group meeting on Venezuela that Ottawa is hosting Monday.

It's 'high time' Canada shifted its Asia focus away from China: Japanese ambassador

As the dispute between Canada and China over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou continues to roil bilateral relations, China's neighbour Japan wants Canada to start paying more attention to other Asian countries when it comes to trade opportunities.

Feds likely to hold on to pipeline past 2019 election, says Morneau

Indigenous groups in Canada are preparing bids to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline from the federal government, but Finance Minister Bill Morneau says talks on selling are premature and that it's unlikely the pipeline will be sold before the next election.

Canada, U.K. in 'informal talks' on trade ahead of key Brexit vote

The United Kingdom's high commissioner to Canada says informal talks that could lead to a U.K.-Canada free trade deal in as little as a year are underway — something which could ease the economic uncertainty surrounding her country's fraught debate over when and how it will exit the European Union.

Defence chief acknowledges AG report on sexual assault: 'We continue to learn'

Canada's top general says the auditor general was right to flag gaps in the military's handling of sexual assault cases and that the Forces' emphasis on duty to report assault cases had "unintended consequences."
POWER & POLITICS

'Shocking': Rona Ambrose wants Senate to pick up the pace on sex assault bill

The Senate seems to be setting a slow pace on a bill mandating sexual assault training for judges — and the bill's original sponsor, former Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose, isn't happy about it.

Defence minister confirms Mali mission will not be extended

Canada's peacekeeping mission in Mali will end in July, said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, responding to reports that the UN has asked Canada to extend its mission.

More than 20 child killers sent to healing lodges since 2011, figures show

More than 20 child murderers have been transferred to Indigenous healing lodges since 2011, according to numbers from the Minister of Public Safety's office.

Privacy at risk from Canadian political parties, says U.K. watchdog

Canada's political parties have a privacy problem — and with less than a year to go until the next federal election, it's more critical than ever that Canadians start asking hard questions about how they're handling personal data, says the United Kingdom's information commissioner.
POWER & POLITICS

U.S. NATO rep veers off Trump's script, praises Canada's contributions to alliance

U.S. President Donald Trump's representative to NATO is leaving some daylight between herself and her boss on the thorny political matter of Canada's monetary contributions to the alliance.

EU trade chief defends Freeland after Trump trash-talks 'Canada's negotiator'

The European Union's trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is coming to the defence of Canada's NAFTA negotiator, Chrystia Freeland, after Donald Trump slammed the foreign affairs minister.

Canadian companies are losing ground to China in the developing world, Trudeau's UN ambassador says

Justin Trudeau is preparing a pitch to Canada's private sector, to be delivered at the United Nations General Assembly Monday — invest in the developing world as a way to build Canada's brand at home and abroad.
POWER & POLITICS

Singh pitches payback for Saudi spat — buying our oil somewhere else

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Canada should look at buying oil from countries other than Saudi Arabia as Canada's diplomatic dispute with the kingdom continues.
Analysis

MPs study barriers keeping women from politics, but is another study the solution?

An MP committee is studying barriers keeping women from running for politics, but how do its members plan to move beyond study and into results?