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Indigenous parliamentarians brought unique perspective to assisted dying debate

Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould during question period in the House of Commons on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

OTTAWA — Despite the clamour from doctors, lawyers, religious groups and advocates for the disabled, the softer voices of indigenous parliamentarians were instrumental in shaping the Trudeau government’s cautious approach to medical assistance in dying. Indigenous MPs and senators played a central role in securing passage of the new assisted …

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‘Four more years’: Canadian MPs chants for Obama draw White House reaction

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses Parliament in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, as House Speaker Geoff Regan looks on, in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

It’s not every day that the crowd’s reaction to a speech becomes a story — but that’s what Canadian politicians might have achieved with their rapturous response to U.S. President Barack Obama. There were different reactions to the tongue-in-cheek, campaign-style chorus of “Four more years!” repeatedly echoing from Canada’s House …

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