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July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Canada's government has been slammed by parliament's top watchdog agency for not practicing what it preaches on the environment, even though it is one of the main advocates for implementing the controversial Kyoto protocol on climate change.Johanne Gelinas, commissioner of the environment and sustainable development in the Auditor-General's office, said the government had the habit of making strong announcements that were forgotten "as soon as the confetti hits the ground."
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Six weeks before it hosts a major United Nations climate conference, the Canadian government has been stung by a report questioning its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, which calls for reductions in "greenhouse gas" emissions blamed for climate change.It's the second recent embarrassment for the Liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Martin, which has strongly criticized the Bush administration for rejecting Kyoto.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - A Canadian citizen, deported by the United States to Syria even though no charges had been filed against him, was tortured while in Syrian custody, according to testimony at a judicial inquiry Thursday.The case of Maher Arar, a Syrian-born engineer who lives with his family in Ottawa, sparked a diplomatic row between Canada and the United States after it was revealed that the U.S. deported him to Syria without informing Canadian authorities and despite the fact that Arar was traveling on a Canadian passport.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - The chances of a December general election in Canada have mounted with the release of a judicial inquiry report confirming corruption in the governing Liberal Party.The report laid the blame on the shoulders of former Prime Minister Jean Chretien while clearing incumbent Prime Minister Paul Martin, who was finance minister at the time the corruption happened.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Canada's scandal-plagued liberal government has collapsed and early elections will be held in January. But it's unlikely that this year's legalization of same-sex "marriage" will be reversed, as current polls suggest opponents of the law won't have enough votes in the next parliament to revisit the issue.Three opposition parties -- the Conservatives, the leftist regional Bloc Quebecois and the left-wing New Democrats -- joined forces late Monday to push through a vote of no confidence in the government.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - A lackluster general election campaign in Canada has been enlivened by a row between the prime minister and Washington's top diplomat in Canada.U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins, a conservative Republican and former Speaker of the South Carolina legislature, sparked a furor when he hit back at Prime Minister Paul Martin's recent attacks on the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Canada's governing Liberal Party late Tuesday night survived a second attempt in less than a month to force it to resign and call an early general election.If the government had fallen, all pending legislation would have died, including a bill to extend the legality of same-sex "marriage" -- already permitted in most of Canada's provinces and territories -- across the entire country.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - A controversial plan by North Dakota to divert waters from its Devils Lake into the Sheyenne River, ostensibly to avoid future flooding, is angering Canadian politicians, including Prime Minister Paul Martin, who called it "unacceptable."Some opponents have called on Canada to retaliate by cutting energy supplies to the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Canada's parliament may indefinitely delay in its lengthy summer break so the Liberal government can push through a controversial law giving same-sex couples the same rights to civil marriage as heterosexuals.Parliament was scheduled to begin its summer break on Thursday, but the Liberal leader in the House of Commons, Tony Valeri, has introduced a motion to extend the sitting indefinitely until two controversial bills are passed.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - The United States, Canada and Mexico agreed Monday on ways to help speed up the movement of people and goods between them, including a plan to identify and facilitate the movement of "trusted" travelers moving between the three.Ministers responsible for homeland security and commerce from the three countries met in Ottawa for a one-day meeting to follow up on the March summit in Waco, Texas between President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - The leader of Canada's official opposition Conservative Party is pledging to continue the battle against same-sex "marriage" in Canada even though parliament has approved it.Before leaving for a delayed summer parliamentary recess, Stephen Harper vowed to make same-sex "marriage" an issue at the next general election. Prime Minister Paul Martin is expected to call an election for next February or March.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The first non-European country to legalize same-sex "marriages" may become the first country to reverse its action.Canada's Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced over the weekend that there will be a vote in Parliament this fall on whether to overturn legislation passed last year when the Liberal Party was governing the country. It redefined marriage as a union between "two people," rather than the traditional definition of "a man and a woman."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday it will decide whether the rights of surviving partners in same-sex unions to receive "widows' benefits" should be made retroactive to 1985. Earlier, Ottawa restricted retroactive claims to anybody whose same-sex partner had died from 1998 onward.Homosexual and lesbian groups charged that the decision was unfair, a view upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal.The nation's top court has now agreed with a federal government request that it review that appeals court ruling.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Evangelical Christians in Canada will not affirm the newly legalized definition of marriage to include same-sex unions, despite a bill signed into law Wednesday giving homosexual and lesbian couples the same civil marriage rights as those enjoyed by heterosexuals."The unique, distinct nature of heterosexual marriage is no longer recognized in our law and public policy, but we will continue to promote and teach the biblical understanding of marriage in our families and churches," Evangelical Fellowship of Canada President Bruce Clemenger said.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Conservative opposition leader Stephen Harper pledges that, if elected to power in Canada's January 23 general election, he will have a vote in parliament to overturn this year's controversial decision to legalize same-sex "marriage."The election campaign started just hours after the Liberal government fell, and Harper surprised many by raising the issue so early.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - After 12 years in power, Canada's governing Liberal Party pledged Thursday to ban all handguns from Canada's streets, with very few exceptions.Prime Minister Paul Martin, on the campaign hustings prior to the January 23 general election, made the pledge in Toronto, which has seen a record number of crimes involving handguns this year.Gunfire has been responsible for 50 of the 74 homicides in Toronto so far this year, an unprecedented number, even for Canada's largest metropolis.