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Yves Giroux, career public servant, nominated to be new budget watchdog

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated Yves Giroux, a career public servant, as the new parliamentary budget officer. The budget watchdog is an independent officer of Parliament whose appointment must be confirmed by the Senate and House of Commons. Giroux, a graduate of the University of Montreal, has…

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Global refugee numbers reach record high, U.S. and Canada take in record numbers

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OTTAWA — A new report from the United Nations Refugee Agency shows 2017 broke global records for displaced persons, with Canada becoming the ninth-largest recipient of asylum seekers in the world. The annual Global Trends report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees shows 68.5 million people fled their home…

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Defeated Ontario Liberals must begin soul-searching: interim leader

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TORONTO — Ontario’s Liberals must do some soul-searching in the wake of the devastating defeat they suffered in the provincial election in order to understand where things went wrong, the party’s new interim leader said Monday. John Fraser, an Ottawa-are legislator first elected in 2013, said the party respects the…

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Border officials argue B.C. man’s Facebook posts threat to Canada’s security

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VANCOUVER — The Canada Border Services Agency says a British Columbia man’s Facebook posts in support of the Islamic State group include enough violent threats to suggest he is a security risk in Canada. The agency has provided its final submissions at an admissibility hearing in Vancouver to determine whether…

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