On his second day of his working visit to China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet the powerhouse country’s top leader. Trudeau and President Xi Jinping will talk in Beijing about potentially kickstarting formal free trade talks. Trudeau was unable to announce such a deal after his Monday meeting with China’s premier, noting Canada is using exploratory talks to push for a progressive trade deal that addresses gender, labour and environmental concerns too. Trudeau says pursuing free trade is also part of a mission to combat the rising tide of populism
An unexpected blanket of silence fell on the House of Commons twice on Monday amid accusations of inappropriate remarks made by one M-P to another. Liberal M-P Sherry Romanado said Tory defence critic James Bezan made remarks in May she describes as humiliating and sexual in nature. Her comments came after Bezan stood earlier to offer an apology for unspecified remarks to the Quebec M-P. In a written statement, Bezan said the incident had been reviewed by the Commons’ chief human resources officer, who found it did not constitute sexual harassment.
Native American leaders say President Donald Trump’s move to drastically shrink two Utah national monuments is the president’s second insult to native people in a week and an offence that tribes will unite to fight. A coalition of five tribes that spent years pushing for the creation of Bears Ears National Monument vow to wage a legal battle over Trump’s plan to reduce the protected area by 85 per cent. Meantime, a lawsuit was filed yesterday on behalf of several environmental groups challenging the reduction of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which contains a rich cache of dinosaur fossils and vast coal reserves.