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Canada needed as ‘honest broker’ on world stage, ex-UN refugees chief says

The former head of the UN refugee agency Antonio Guterres says he is grateful to Canada for its contribution to the resettlement of refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Guterres is giving a speech at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa Friday morning.

UN refugee agency ‘totally against’ prioritizing refugees by ethnicity or religion, Antonio Guterres says Canada is again being seen abroad as a country that can play an active leadership role as “an honest broker” in various conflicts, says the former United Nations high commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres. Guterres was introduced by Canada’s new ambassador to …

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EI wait time may stay at 2 weeks until 2017, employment minister says

Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk told host Rosemary Barton that keeping the Liberal promise to reduce EI wait times from two weeks to one week may have to wait for 2017.

Change impacts other programs and is ‘very complicated,’ MaryAnn Mihychuk says Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says that while some of the Liberal promises to reform employment insurance could happen quickly, reducing the two-week waiting time is “very complicated” and might wait for 2017. “We made very large commitments for change to …

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Canada’s new defence policy must factor in ‘ripple effect,’ Harjit Sajjan says

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan gave a speech in Ottawa Friday morning at a foreign policy event.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan hopes to have policy review completed by end of the year The federal government’s review of Canada’s defence policy must factor in the “ripple effect,” says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “When we look at the decisions we make, the policies we create, we have to figure out what ripple we’re creating,” Sajjan said at …

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