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Canada briefs – September 10

It’s not the sentence they were looking for, but Crown prosecutors say a legal precedent was still set Wednesday.

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Federal minister warns that election would kill tougher crime bills

Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan warned Wednesday that a federal election would jeopardize efforts by the Conservative government to get tough on crime.

Robert Fowler stands in the gallery of the House of Commons as he is recognized by the House Speaker and members of Parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday  May 26  2009. The former Canadian diplomat says he believes someone in the government of Niger or possibly with the United Nations betrayed him to al-Qaida.The special UN envoy to Niger and his aide Louise Guay spent four months in captivity after they were taken at gunpoint last December while driving northwest of the capital.

West lacks stomach to deal effectively with Afghanistan, ex-Cdn diplomat says

A Canadian diplomat who endured four months of captivity at the hands of al-Qaida says the West lacks the stomach to deal effectively with the “complex misery” that is Afghanistan.

Robert Fowler stands in the gallery of the House of Commons as he is recognized by the House Speaker and members of Parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday  May 26  2009. The former Canadian diplomat says he believes someone in the government of Niger or possibly with the United Nations betrayed him to al-Qaida.The special UN envoy to Niger and his aide Louise Guay spent four months in captivity after they were taken at gunpoint last December while driving northwest of the capital.
Governor General Michaelle Jean visits the war memorial in the Canadian compound at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan

Canada’s war in Afghanistan far from a ’lost cause,’ says governor general

Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean has wrapped up a two-day whirlwind tour of Afghanistan, where she’s encouraging Canadian soldiers to stay the course in helping better the lives of the Afghan people.

Governor General Michaelle Jean visits the war memorial in the Canadian compound at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan
Quebec Labour Minister David Whissell

Quebec cabinet minister resigns after conflict-of-interest allegations: reports

A cabinet minister in Jean Charest’s provincial government has resigned following conflict-of-interest allegations, news reports said Wednesday.

Quebec Labour Minister David Whissell
Sara  Khudaverian holds a photo of her late daughter

Life sentence for drunk driver a first in Canada: Crown

It’s not the sentence they were looking for, but Crown prosecutors say a legal precedent was still set Wednesday.

Sara  Khudaverian holds a photo of her late daughter
Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe walks by a Bloc pre-election campaign poster after the first of a two-day caucus meeting Tuesday

Bloc ‘convinced’ of fall election, prepares two-pronged ads on rivals

QUEBEC — Convinced that a fall election is on the horizon, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe unveiled his plan Tuesday for a double-barrelled blast against Michael Ignatieff and Stephen Harper.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe walks by a Bloc pre-election campaign poster after the first of a two-day caucus meeting Tuesday

Judge to rule if 2008 Harper election call legal

OTTAWA — It’s now up to a judge to decide whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s snap election call a year ago was not just politically self-serving but also illegal.

Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley speaks with the media about the EI working group outside the House of Commons on Parliament Hill.

Tories mulling EI benefits extension

OTTAWA — The Harper government appears poised to extend the duration of employment insurance benefits, a potentially election-averting move aimed at shaming the Liberals and wooing the NDP.

Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley speaks with the media about the EI working group outside the House of Commons on Parliament Hill.
A Greyhound bus rolls out of the bus station at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Thursday. Greyhound Canada

Greyhound unhappy with bully label

Greyhound Canada’s senior executive says he’s disturbed that Ottawa has branded the company as a black-hatted shakedown artist over plans to pull service due to heavy losses.

A Greyhound bus rolls out of the bus station at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Thursday. Greyhound Canada

Shoes may stay on

Good news for harried travellers who resent having to remove their shoes at airport-security checkpoints: now you can just say no.

Book dealer Gilles Tremblay holds a dummy of the marble-covered book offered by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the G8 Summit in Montreal. It turns out that Canada received the rarest and most expensive gift doled out by Silvio Berlusconi during the G8 Summit. By virtue of its place in the alphabetical pecking order - because Canada starts with the letter 'C' - Harper received the very first of 10 serial-numbered

C is for Canada — and ca-ching!: Harper gift from Berlusconi most valuable in G8

MONTREAL — Prime Minister Stephen Harper received the rarest and most expensive gift doled out at the recent G8 summit, a book given by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appraised by one dealer at up to $460,000.

Book dealer Gilles Tremblay holds a dummy of the marble-covered book offered by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the G8 Summit in Montreal. It turns out that Canada received the rarest and most expensive gift doled out by Silvio Berlusconi during the G8 Summit. By virtue of its place in the alphabetical pecking order - because Canada starts with the letter 'C' - Harper received the very first of 10 serial-numbered

Border guards using guns, batons, pepper spray more often: report

OTTAWA — Canada’s border guards are pulling out their guns, batons and pepper spray much more frequently, says a newly released report, suggesting border crossings are becoming more dangerous places.

Parties test-drive election messages

OTTAWA — Listen carefully: you can hear the usual Parliament Hill yadda yadda yadda suddenly evolving into a higher-form of political blah-blah-blah called campaign messaging.

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Canada briefs – September 5

The man hired by Stephen Harper to investigate federal spending in the 1990s now plans to run for the Bloc Quebecois.

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Martensville becomes Saskatchewan’s newest city; the second new city in a week

Saskatchewan is getting a new city for the second time in a week.

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Canada briefs – September 4

The “secret” documents that cost Maxime Bernier his cabinet post last year have been released, but heavily censored to safeguard sensitive security information.

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Jack Layton

Layton names his terms

Stephen Harper and Jack Layton took the first tentative steps Thursday in a political dance that could decide if the country is headed for a fall election.

Jack Layton

Toronto 18 member receives 14 years

A member of the so-called Toronto 18 was handed a 14-year sentence Thursday for his role in a terrorist plot to wreak havoc on Canadian targets. Saad Khalid, 23, pleaded guilty in May to one count of participating in a terror plot with the intention of causing an explosion.

Manitoba priest charged with break-and-enter, theft at Catholic church

A priest has been charged with break-and-enter as well as theft from a Catholic church in Manitoba.