By Ruby Mellen The Washington Post Wed., Dec. 19, 2018 Let no one say that U.S. President Donald Trump is an easy guy to get along with. In 2018, the U.S. leader picked fights with American allies and signed treaties with U.S. antagonists. He imposed tariffs on economic giants and pulled out of major global accords, upending international norms of trade, defence and values. There have been so many ups and downs that it’s hard to keep track of it all. Here are some of the major fights Trump found himself in — and the budding friendships he formed. French President Emmanuel Macron: When Trump first took office, it seemed like he and Macron would get along. The French leader wooed Trump on his first presidential trip to Paris in 2017, making him the guest of honour at a military parade and wining and dining him in the Eiffel Tower. Article Continued Below But like many failed relationships, things began to devolve after a failure to communicate. … [Read more...] about Trump’s 2018 fight club: The brawls, the bromances and the bad blood in between
Canada u s tax treaty
By Greg Ip The Wall Street Journal Tues., Dec. 4, 2018 Trade war has dominated headlines and businesses’ anxieties for the past year, but it hasn’t left any notable impact on U.S. economic growth. That isn’t surprising: The direct effects of trade barriers are usually rounding errors in an economy as large and relatively closed as the U.S. The picture, however, could change in the coming year. The accumulating list of irritants and flashpoints between the U.S. and its trading partners could spill over through other, less obvious channels such as confidence, financial markets and investment, compounding other threats such as rising U.S. interest rates and capital flight from emerging markets. Though trade war has no official definition, it is safe to say the world is pretty close to one right now. President Trump has levied tariffs on solar panels, washing machines, steel, aluminum and much of what the U.S. imports from China, triggering widespread … [Read more...] about Trade war’s economic impact has been minor. That could change.
By Alex Boutilier Ottawa Bureau Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer will head to a gathering of Conservative faithful this week looking to refocus his party on 2019’s electoral battle after a week of unwanted headlines about a former leadership rival. Scheer will deliver a keynote address to the Conservative policy convention in Halifax on Friday. It will be the largest crowd of Conservatives he’s addressed since becoming party leader in 2017, and likely the largest crowd he’ll address before next year’s general election. For the rookie political leader, it’s a chance to set the tone for his campaign to unseat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government — and to pivot away from a week of former rival Maxime Bernier’s musings on the dangers of multiculturalism and “political correctness.” Last week, Scheer was forced to respond to a Bernier Twitter rant about how “ever more … [Read more...] about Policy convention gives Andrew Scheer a chance to change the channel
By The Associated Press Sat., April 7, 2018 VATICAN CITY—The Vatican on Saturday arrested a diplomat recalled from Washington last year amid investigations in Canada, the United States and the Vatican for possession of child pornography. A Vatican statement said that Monsignor Carlo Capella was being held in gendarmerie barracks inside the Vatican, and that his arrest follows a Vatican investigation. Police in Windsor, Ontario, said Capella allegedly uploaded child porn to a social networking site while visiting a place of worship from over the 2016 Christmas holiday. In the statement, Windsor police accused Capella of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography. Read more: Pope Francis denounces porn, demands online protection for kids amid Vatican’s Windsor, Ont. child porn scandal Article Continued Below Windsor police issue arrest warrant for recalled Vatican diplomat in child porn case Vatican urges online protection for kids … [Read more...] about Vatican arrests diplomat involved in Windsor, Ont. child porn scandal
By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Tues., Feb. 13, 2018 OTTAWA—Finance Minister Bill Morneau will deliver the Liberals’ next budget Feb. 27, dangling investments in research, science and job skills but stopping short of promising a balanced budget. And it’s expected the coming budget will be prepared with a gender focus in mind with investments to promote equality and bring more women into the workforce. That would continue a focus introduced in the 2017 budget. For example, that budget contained a “gender statement” that highlighted the ongoing wage gap between men and women in Canada, as well as the overrepresentation of women in lower income sectors and the low proportion of women in management and boardroom positions. In a speech to business leaders in January, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted pay equity, parental leave, child-care policies, gender diversity and recruitment of women as key issues that needed … [Read more...] about Federal budget to be unveiled Feb. 27