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The federal authorities unveiled an up to date checklist of U.S. merchandise which are about to be slapped with tariffs whereas promising to spend as much as $ 2 billion to guard metal, aluminum and manufacturing jobs on this facet of the border within the wake of a burgeoning commerce warfare with the U.S.

Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland revealed the ultimate checklist of $ 16.6-billion price of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. merchandise, together with metal and aluminum throughout a cease at a Hamilton metal manufacturing unit Friday.

On the finish of Could, Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced their intentions to impose dollar-for-dollar tariffs on some U.S. merchandise and sought suggestions.

On Friday, the federal government revealed its edited checklist.

Whereas a lot of it stays the identical — tariffs on U.S. whisky, garden mowers, ketchup and maple syrup stay in place —  there have been some tweaks.

The federal government added some gadgets, corresponding to cast-iron grills, refrigerator-freezers and pillows, to the checklist and eliminated others: metal and iron beer kegs and ready mustard.

The tariffs will go into impact Sunday. 

“We won’t escalate and we won’t again down,” Freeland mentioned Friday.

Freeland, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, and Employment and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu additionally introduced that their authorities will supply compensation to affected companies and can tweak the employment insurance coverage program to maintain staff in Canada.

The measures are in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice to impose 25 per cent tariffs on Canadian metal and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum, citing nationwide safety considerations.

Freeland known as the reasoning “absurd” and “hurtful.”

The federal government says it is going to transfer on a variety of steps to assist defend the affected industries by:

  • Extending EI work-sharing agreements by 38 extra weeks.
  • Providing affected companies liquidity help.
  • Rising funding to the provinces and territories for job and coaching packages
  • Spending as much as $ 250 million to “higher combine the Canadian provide chain of metal and aluminum.”
  • Investing $ 50 million to assist firms diversify the place their merchandise are exported to.

Of the pledged $ 2 billion, about $ 1.7 billion is earmarked to assist enterprise handle an unsure monetary future.

Export Growth Canada will make $ 900 million out there over the following two years in business financing and insurance coverage to firms within the metal and aluminum sectors and associated industries.

Overseas Affiars Minister Chrystia Freeland tells reporters in Hamilton that Canada’s reponse to US tarifs is agency and measured zero:41

The Enterprise Growth Financial institution of Canada will make one other $ 800 million in financing out there for firms “with viable enterprise methods navigate by way of the market turbulence.”

“This financing might assist firms broaden into new markets, improve operational and environmental effectivity, or buy new expertise and tools,” reads an announcement from World Affairs Canada.

In accordance with authorities figures, the Canadian metal business employed greater than 23,000 Canadians in 2017.

Overseas Affiars Minister Chrystia Freeland tells reporters in Hamilton that Canada’s reponse to US tarifs is agency and measured 1:16

​The federal authorities is ordering an investigation following allegations that Canada’s largest telecommunications corporations are utilizing “deceptive” and “aggressive” ways to promote services.

Innovation, Science and Financial Minister Navdeep Bains has ordered the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Fee (CRTC) to analyze and report on the gross sales practices utilized by Canada’s largest telecommunication corporations. 

The minister additionally known as for a public inquiry to permit Canadians to voice their issues and stated the ensuing inquiry report should suggest potential options.

The decision for inquiry follows months of CBC tales on the difficulty.

Greater than 200 previous and present telecom staff — largely at Bell and Rogers — have come ahead to CBC’s Go Public unit to explain intense strain to mislead and deceive clients to be able to hit unrealistic gross sales targets.

For instance, a Rogers worker admitted to not telling largely older clients about added charges, and to sneaking additional services or products onto a invoice.

A whole lot of Canadian clients have come ahead to complain about being charged costs that had been greater than those they negotiated over the cellphone, or not receiving what a gross sales agent promised.

“Canadians have clearly expressed issues. We have heard them loud and clear and we’re taking motion,” Bains instructed reporters Thursday.

The assertion from his division known as the reported ways “deceptive and or aggressive.”

“No Canadian ought to ever be misled or handled unfairly by a telecom company, particularly those that are most susceptible,” he stated.

The CRTC has till Feb. 28 to finish the inquiry and report.

Bains’ workplace additionally wrote to the Competitors Bureau to ask for its help with the inquiry.

Earlier this yr, the CRTC rejected a request from a shopper group to carry an inquiry into questionable gross sales ways within the telecom sector, saying there was no want.

Rogers, Telus and Shaw have instructed CBC they’d be open to taking part in a public inquiry on gross sales practices.

The Liberal authorities will overhaul the army justice system to provide victims a larger say and a extra lively position in courtroom proceedings.

The proposed amendments to the Nationwide Defence Act and different items of laws may even replace the way in which army tribunals deal with abstract trials.

The modifications, launched late Thursday by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, will successfully decriminalize some offences.

Probably the most notable change, nevertheless, entails a declaration of victims’ rights for members of the army.

“That is the proper factor to do,” stated Sajjan. “This may guarantee victims have a voice and that their voice shall be heard.”

Beneath the prevailing army justice system, victims of crime haven’t any computerized proper to be saved knowledgeable by authorities concerning the progress of their case.

Not like civilian courts, army trials don’t allow sufferer impression statements.

The modifications involving victims are notably important as a result of the army has stepped up its prosecution of sexual offences and misconduct lately.

‘Second-class residents’

The modifications embrace the institution of victims’ liaison officers and giving army judges the facility to difficulty restraining orders.

The prevailing system, within the view of 1 army regulation professional, quantities to a gross violation of victims’ constitutional rights.

“They have been penalized and … handled as second-class residents,” stated retired colonel Michel Drapeau.

Laws handed just a few years in the past by the previous Conservative authorities explicitly excluded courts martial from the Canadian Victims Invoice of Rights.

Former justice minister Peter MacKay stated on the time that the federal government “contemplated” making army justice topic to the invoice of rights, however the thought was dropped.

It was thought-about “problematic,” MacKay stated, as a result of the army’s disciplinary tribunals are administered by way of the chain of command.

The Conservatives finally modified their minds and launched laws to repair it in 2015, nevertheless it died when the final federal election was referred to as.

In an interview final yr with CBC Information about courtroom martial conviction charges, Col. Bruce MacGregor, the director of army prosecutions, stated he wished to see sufferer impression statements introduced into the system. He stated it could be a useful device within the sentencing of offenders in army courts.

Higher late than by no means

Drapeau stated he does not perceive why it took the Liberal authorities so lengthy to introduce modifications, given the actual fact the Conservatives had a invoice within the pipeline in 2015.

“It completely confuses me as a result of there is not any purpose so far as I can see,” he stated.

There are different modifications within the Trudeau authorities’s package deal of reforms.

Some minor offences which, underneath army regulation, contain time in detention shall be successfully decriminalized and can not go away the offender with a document.

There shall be new sentencing guidelines that enable army judges to grant an absolute discharge.

The army conducts, on common, between 800 and 1,000 abstract trials yearly which successfully strip the accused of their constitutional rights.

Throughout these most of these proceedings, the soldier has no proper to a lawyer and there aren’t any guidelines of proof.

Relying on the cost, the accused may additionally be denied the proper to elect neutral trial by courtroom martial, moderately than trial by commanding officer.

Retired lieutenant-colonel Rory Fowler, a former Canadian army lawyer, stated altering that facet of the army justice system will make it extra truthful.

“If the invoice goes to introduce a proper to elect courtroom martial, no matter offense, that is an enchancment,” he stated.