France Info: Scandal in Canada: Bombardier bosses have tried to increase their bonuses by nearly 50%. A wind of anger has been blowing in Quebec for a few days since six Montreal-based Bombardier executives tried to raise their already substantial salaries by nearly 50%. In response, Bombardier management has announced that the increase, varying between 36% and 48%, will only be paid to the executives in 2020, and only if they reach their goals regarding the performance of the company. The half-setback, however, cannot satisfy the Parti Québécois. The Parti Québécois announced it will present a motion to the National Assembly to demand all managers of Bombardier renounce the increase.
Geo.TV, Pakistan: Malala to officially receive honourary Canadian citizenship. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will officially receive honourary Canadian Citizenship on her visit to Canada on April 12, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday. Malala was bestowed honorary Canadian citizenship by the House of Commons in October 2014, in recognition of her courage in the fight for women and girls’ education. Malala, the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, will also address the Canadian Parliament during her visit, making her the youngest person to do so. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with Malala to discuss the empowerment of girls through education and how they might contribute to the sustainable development of their communities.
BNN: Canada should be ‘worried’ about upcoming NAFTA talks, says former Chrysler CEO. Canada should be “worried” about being outmaneuvered at the bargaining table during upcoming North American Free Trade talks with the U.S., auto industry veteran and former Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda tells BNN – Canada’s Business News Network – in an interview. Canada needs “professional” negotiators at the NAFTA talks who think like business leaders – and not government bureaucrats, says LaSorda. “Look at the lineup that they have in the U.S. coming across the border to meet. You’ve got billionaires who’ve run companies [and] they know what it’s like,” he says. Canada can only lead if the country is tied to the U.S. and gets bold on demands for cross trade, says LaSorda.
Reuters: Canada Liberals unscathed as by-elections return status quo. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged unscathed from his first real test with voters on Monday as the incumbent party held onto power in five by-elections across the country, leaving Trudeau’s Liberals with an undiminished majority in parliament. As expected, none of the regional votes to elect members of parliament produced an upset, with Trudeau’s Liberals retaining three seats in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa and the opposition Conservatives holding onto two seats in Calgary, according to preliminary results from Elections Canada. A December poll showed Trudeau’s approval rating remained high but was dropping amid rising dissatisfaction with the economy, and voter anger over a broken promise to reform the electoral process could eat into the government’s popularity. Reporting by Andrea Hopkins.
Sky News Australia: Drunk pilot jailed in Canada. An airline pilot who passed out in the cockpit after drinking a bottle of vodka before a flight has been jailed for eight months. Miroslav Gronych, 37, who had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit, pleaded guilty to being in care and control of an aircraft while under the influence of alcohol. He was escorted off the Sunwing Airlines plane, which was scheduled to fly from Calgary in Canada to Cancun, Mexico, on New Year’s Eve. The Slovakian pilot, who is married with two young children, was reportedly slurring his words and staggering when he entered the plane.
USA Today: Ford hires BlackBerry workers as it invests $900M in Canada. Ford plans to invest $900 million in its plants in Canada and for a new research and engineering center in Canada, showing that despite President Trump’s call for more U.S. investment, the automaker is not going to neglect its foreign operations. Ford said it has already hired about 400 engineers who previously worked for Canada’s BlackBerry, once known for smartphones and now a leading auto industry supplier of operating systems for car’s infotainment systems through its QNX division. About 300 of those engineers are in Ottawa while another 100 are spread throughout the U.S.
The New American: Canada’s Proposed Gender Identity Bill Could Restrict Free Speech. The Canadian Parliament is considering a “gender identity” bill, C-16, that could have dangerous free speech implications. The bill seeks to add “gender identity and gender expression” to Canada’s protected classes listed in the Canadian Human Rights Act, but opponents of the measure fear it will force those who consider gender dysphoria a mental illness to remain silent on the issue. The bill passed the House of Commons in November 2016 but has been delayed in the Senate, prompting its sponsor, Senator Grant Mitchell, to invoke claims of injustice.
The Independent: Man gets on plane to Australia, ends up in Canada. A Dutch student has learned the hard way that if something seems to good to be true – it probably is. Milan Schipper, from Vaassen in the Netherlands, thought he was heading to Sydney, Australia for a working holiday. It turns out he was actually heading to Sydney, Canada instead. Incredibly, Schipper claims he wasn’t the only passenger to make the mistake. He said he met woman from the US, who also thought she was going to Australia. Sydney, Nova Scotia is popular with hikers and known for its views.
New York Times: Canada Today: Next Step for Refugees, a Big Coin and Trade. While the 2015 election of the Liberal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau certainly attracted global attention, its program to dramatically accelerate Canada’s acceptance of Syrian refugees has sustained that spotlight. Early on in that process, The New York Times assigned Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn to develop in-depth reporting on the story and the effects of the government’s decision both on Canada and Syria. Ms. Kantor and Ms. Einhorn found that, a year later, many Canadians — experts, politicians and lay people alike — believe that the effort has been a success. A story by Ian Austen.
BBC: Canada’s Trudeau ready for rematch of fight with Perry. In the history of great fights, the names of a few truly stand out. Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier. Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson. Sugar Ray Leonard vs Tommy Hearns. And now entering the ring: Matthew Perry vs Justin Trudeau. The Friends star and the Canadian prime minister have suggested they might soon be exchanging blows after Mr Trudeau challenged the actor to a rematch to a fight that took place in a school playground more than 35 years ago.
Al Jazeera: Theatres to screen Orwell’s 1984 to protest Trump. Nearly 200 theatres worldwide will simultaneously screen the film version of George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, on Tuesday (April 4) to protest US President Donald Trump. The idea, which is being called “National Screening Day”, is the brainchild of Dylan Skolnick, co-director of the Cinema Arts Centre on Long Island, New York, and Adam Birnbaum, director of film programming at the Avon Theatre Film Centre in Connecticut. In Toronto, the Royal Cinema will donate a portion of the profits to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, an organisation that works to defend human rights and liberties across Canada.
Russia Today: Anti-racism activists and Soldiers of Odin clash in Toronto. Anti-racism protesters and members of the anti-immigrant grouping, Soldiers of Odin, have been involved in violent street clashes in Toronto, Canada. A group calling themselves the Concerned Coalition of Canadian Citizens (CCCC) organized a gathering outside Toronto City Hall on Saturday. That sparked a counter protest from the Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia (OCAI). The two gatherings were marked by ugly scenes when the demonstrations clashed in downtown Toronto. Video from the scene shows masked anti- racism protesters in violent altercations with members of the Soldiers of Odin, the anti-immigrant group that started in Finland but has sprouted branches in several countries.
Russia Today: Bombardier under fire over executive bonuses amid mass layoffs and govt bailout. Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier has been slammed for its “sense of entitlement” after awarding $32.6 million to senior executives in 2016. The payout comes at a time of workforce cuts and government aid. “At the very least, it demonstrates a rather incredible sense of entitlement, doesn’t it?” Baskin Wealth Management President David Baskin told Canadian broadcaster CBC. According to CBC, the total compensation for Bombardier’s top five executives and board chairman Pierre Beaudoin increased 50 percent from their 2015 bonus of $21.9 million. CEO Alain Bellemare received $9.5 million, including $5.2 million in share and option-based awards and a $1 million salary. His annual bonus almost doubled to $2.36 million.
Sputnik: Canada, Ukraine sign defense cooperation agreement. Authorities of Canada and Ukraine have signed an agreement to enhance bilateral defense cooperation, the Canadian Ministry of National Defense said in a release on Monday. The deal was signed by Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan and his Ukrainian counterpart Minister Stepan Poltorak. The Canadian authorities have also recently extended through March 2019 the country’s training mission in Ukraine, dubbed operation UNIFIER.