Politico: Trump Is Making Canada Great Again. It’s no secret that the United States has long dominated cutting-edge technologies, from personal computers and biotech to smartphones and social media. But that edge may be disappearing thanks to the new president. Just eight months into office, President Donald Trump has moved to cut legal immigration by half over the next decade, increase security along the border, build a wall with Mexico, ban travel indefinitely from several countries and overturn DACA, the Obama-era policy that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as minors. The Trump administration has also suggested limiting “startup visas” for high-tech entrepreneurs entering the United States, and massively cutting America’s funding for scientific research.
Bloomberg: U.K. sees Canada as responsible for Bombardier-Boeing dispute. The U.K. is said to see Canada as primarily responsible for the trade dispute between Boeing Co. and Bombardier Inc. because of the level of its state aid to the aerospace company. Publicly, the British government has said that the U.S. imposition of punitive duties on Bombardier is disproportionate, and Prime Minister Theresa May even lobbied U.S. President Donald Trump unsuccessfully to try to prevent it. Privately, it believes that Canada has overstepped the mark in aid to Bombardier, according to two officials who declined to be named while talking about an ongoing dispute. Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre declined to comment.
Bloomberg: Trudeau proposes C$1 a gram tax on Canada’s recreational pot. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed a tax of one dollar a gram on sales of marijuana when it’s legalized next year, his most detailed proposal yet on how he would raise revenue to pay for extra government costs while discouraging illegal sales. The C$1 (80 U.S. cents) tax could apply to recreational marijuana sold for up to C$10 a gram, Trudeau said after meeting the leaders of Canada’s 10 provinces in Ottawa on Tuesday. For marijuana sold for more than C$10 a gram the tax could be 10 percent, he said. The tax money should be split between the federal and provincial governments, Trudeau said.
Forbes: Trump administration goes after Canadian aircraft maker during NAFTA talks. Why? Winston Churchill once observed, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing – after they have tried everything else.” On trade policy, the Trump administration is still in the trying everything else phase. Take NAFTA for example. As the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments were nearing the end of their third round of re-negotiations in Ottawa, the U.S. Commerce Department proposed a 219.63% tariff on the import of certain commercial airliners made by the Canadian company Bombardier. It did so at the behest of Boeing. A story by John Brinkley.
The Guardian: Bombardier: May ‘bitterly disappointed’ as US tariff puts jobs at risk. The government has warned Boeing it could lose UK defence contracts over its part in a US move to slap punitive tariffs on rival Bombardier, in a dispute that threatens to sour trade relations between London and Washington. Defence secretary Michael Fallon stepped up the government’s response to the tariffs, warning that Boeing’s assault on Bombardier “could jeopardise” its chances of securing government contracts. And business secretary Greg Clark joined the chorus of disapproval, branding the tariff, which would be imposed on sales of the C-Series to US airline Delta, “unjustified” and vowing to work with the Canadian government to get it overturned.
BBC: Brokenshire in talks with Bombardier management and unions. The NI Secretary has met Bombardier NI chief executive Michael Ryan and representatives of the Unite trade union in Belfast. Jobs in Belfast could be at risk after the US opted to impose a 220% import tariff on Bombardier’s C-Series jet. James Brokenshire said actions taken by Boeing in its dispute with Bombardier “could have an impact on any future dealings” with the UK government. He said he wanted to echo comments by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. In a speech at the Conservative Party conference on Sunday, the secretary of state said the action taken by Boeing was “unjustified and unwarranted”. Mr Brokenshire said he was “deeply disappointed” by the determination.
Fox News: Suspect in Canada attack ordered deported from US in 2011. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a Somali refugee charged with ramming his car into a Canadian policeman, stabbing him and then injuring four people while leading officers on a high-speed chase was ordered deported from the U.S. in 2011. An ICE spokeswoman said Tuesday that Hasan Sharif Abdulahi was taken into ICE’s custody in San Diego in July of that year and in September an immigration judge ordered him sent back to Somalia.
Reuters: Canada review of Trans Mountain pipeline flawed, lawyers argue. Canada failed in its duty to consult First Nations and other groups on the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, and therefore the approval of the C$7.4 billion ($5.9 billion) project must be overturned, lawyers for project opponents argued at the launch of a judicial review on Monday. A decision against the Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd (KML.TO) project would send it back into regulatory review, a move that would cause lengthy delays and could derail the project.
NBC News: Canadian Sikh politician wins race to lead federal new democrats. Jagmeet Singh, an Ontario provincial lawmaker and practicing Sikh, was elected on Sunday as leader of Canada’s left-leaning New Democrats, becoming the first non-white politician to head a major Canadian political party. The 38-year-old lawyer, whose penchant for colorful turbans and tailor-made three-piece suits made him a social media star, was elected on the first ballot to lead the New Democratic Party into the 2019 federal election against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.
Russia Today: ISIS flag found after ‘terrorist’ rampage in Canada: 1 officer, 4 civilians injured. A police officer was stabbed Saturday evening near the Commonwealth stadium in Edmonton, Canada. The attacker fled the scene on foot, triggering a huge manhunt and high speed chase. Police have confirmed they are treating it as an act of terrorism. “At 12:38 it was determined that these incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism,” Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht told reporters at a 3am press conference while confirming that an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) flag was discovered in the suspect’s vehicle.
ElWatan News – Egypt. Egypt-Canada trade amounts to $1.1 billion in 2015. The Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry, Tarek Kabil, said in a seminar convened by the Canada Egypt Business Council that Egyptian exports to Canadian markets increased from $580 million to $780 million, growing by a staggering 30% in 2015. Imports into Egypt from Canada decreased from $334.7 million to $250.5 million, contracting by 25% in 2015, thus tilting the trade balance in favor of Egypt by a surplus of $529.5 million. Currently, Canada’s investment in Egypt amounts to $2 billion. The Minister stressed that the Ministry is currently engaging business communities in Canada in order to promote further investing in Egypt, and working towards increasing trade missions between the two countries.
Addustour – Jordan. Canada intends to buy used fighter jets from Kuwait. The Canadian Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan announced that Canada is seeking a surplus of CF-18 fighter jets for sale from Kuwait to close a capacity gap within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). At the present, the CAF procure this model of jets from Australia. Canadian media reports pointed to the timing of the announcement at which US-based Boeing and Canadian Bombardier are in bitter conflict over the latter’s significant financial backing by the incumbent Liberal government in Canada. Sajjan said that his government is rethinking its planned purchase of Boeing-made Super Hornet fighter jets scheduled for year-end, and might resort to shopping somewhere else on the heels of the Boeing-Bombardier conflict.