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March 31, 2010 | By Paul Richter
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday rebuffed an American suggestion that he keep some of his country's troops in Afghanistan after a scheduled pullout next year, reasserting that only civilians would continue in the mission. Harper reiterated his stand during a 20-minute meeting in Ottawa with visiting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Harper made it clear that "Canada will remain engaged, but this is going to be a civilian-based mission," said Dimitri Soudas, his press secretary.
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April 2, 2012 | By Kathleen B. Hennessey and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President Obama hosted the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Monday in a White House summit aimed at boosting the region's growing economic ties, but the scourge of drug violence in Mexico muddled the message and highlighted friction between the neighbors. Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and the three announced an initiative to cut regulations that constrict trade across the northern and southern borders. But Mexico's drug war, which has killed tens of thousands of people, dominated a Rose Garden news conference.
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NATIONAL
September 20, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Kate Linthicum
A recent string of decisions made by officials at the Arlington Independent School District in Texas has ensured that there will be no politics in the classroom there. And, apparently, there will be no fun, either. It all began when district Supt. Jerry McCullough denied students a chance to watch President Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren about the importance of education. McCullough banned the address because, he said, it might interfere with lesson plans and cause a distraction.
WORLD
February 19, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
The prime minister is talking about being "held hostage" by U.S. interests. Radio ads blare, "Stand up to this foreign bully. " A Twitter account tells of a "secret plan to target Canada: exposed!" Could this be Canada? The cheerful northern neighbor: supplier of troops to unpleasant U.S.-led foreign conflicts, reliable trade partner, ally in holding terrorism back from North America's shores, not to mention the No. 1 supplier of America's oil? Canada's recent push for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the nation's West Coast, where it would be sent to China, has been marked by uncharacteristic defiance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2010 | Dennis McLellan
John "Jack" Babcock was a 15 1/2 -year-old Canadian farm boy when he joined the 146th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 during World War I. "They were hard up for men then," he recalled in 2003 in the Ottawa Citizen. "They didn't have the draft yet" and relied on enlistees. Babcock, Canada's last known World War I veteran, died Thursday at 109 at his home in Spokane, Wash. "As a nation, we honour his service and mourn his passing," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday in a statement.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
The Canadian and Ontario governments will provide local Canadian subsidiaries of the Detroit automakers with nearly $3.3 billion in emergency loans, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said. The announcement follows a pledge by President Bush to offer $17.4 billion in emergency loans to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler.
NEWS
February 2, 2007
Canada: An article in Monday's Section A referred to Canada's government as a "coalition." A coalition involves a formal agreement among two or more parties in Parliament to form a government. The Conservative Party of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has 125 of the 308 seats in the lower house of Parliament; after Canada's last elections it formed a minority government, not a coalition.
WORLD
September 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada's troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2011, as his minority government looks to win support in national elections next month. Harper, who has been a steadfast ally of President Bush in the post-Sept. 11 fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, said Canadians do not want to keep their soldiers in Afghanistan beyond 10 years.
WORLD
September 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government was taking steps to bolster Canada's presence in the Arctic amid concerns about Russian intentions there. Harper charged that Russia had been showing signs of flaunting international norms in the region. "That's obviously why we're taking a range of measures, including taking military measures to strengthen our sovereignty in the north," Harper told reporters in Quebec. Harper has vowed to build two new military facilities in the Arctic.
WORLD
May 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada's foreign minister resigned after leaving classified documents at a private residence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced. Harper said he accepted the resignation of Maxime Bernier, who came under fire recently amid reports that a former girlfriend had previous relationships with motorcycle gang members. "Mr. Bernier has learned and informed me that he left classified documents in a nonsecure location. This is a serious error," Harper said. Harper said Bernier's controversial relationship was not a factor in the resignation.
WORLD
May 3, 2011 | By Bruce Wallace, Los Angeles Times
The words "dramatic" and "Canadian election" seldom go together. Even Canadians are mostly bored by their politics, other than spikes of interest when Quebeckers vote on whether to separate from the rest of Canada (the last time: 16 years ago. Answer: a close "no") or the occasional election fought over more than just the spoils of power (probably not since 1988, when they voted, essentially, on whether to sign a free-trade agreement with the United States. Answer: a grudging "yes")
WORLD
March 31, 2010 | By Paul Richter
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday rebuffed an American suggestion that he keep some of his country's troops in Afghanistan after a scheduled pullout next year, reasserting that only civilians would continue in the mission. Harper reiterated his stand during a 20-minute meeting in Ottawa with visiting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Harper made it clear that "Canada will remain engaged, but this is going to be a civilian-based mission," said Dimitri Soudas, his press secretary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2010 | Dennis McLellan
John "Jack" Babcock was a 15 1/2 -year-old Canadian farm boy when he joined the 146th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 during World War I. "They were hard up for men then," he recalled in 2003 in the Ottawa Citizen. "They didn't have the draft yet" and relied on enlistees. Babcock, Canada's last known World War I veteran, died Thursday at 109 at his home in Spokane, Wash. "As a nation, we honour his service and mourn his passing," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday in a statement.
NEWS
September 20, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Kate Linthicum
A recent string of decisions made by officials at the Arlington Independent School District in Texas has ensured that there will be no politics in the classroom there. And, apparently, there will be no fun, either. It all began when district Supt. Jerry McCullough denied students a chance to watch President Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren about the importance of education. McCullough banned the address because, he said, it might interfere with lesson plans and cause a distraction.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Kate Linthicum
A recent string of decisions made by officials at the Arlington Independent School District in Texas has ensured that there will be no politics in the classroom there. And, apparently, there will be no fun, either. It all began when district Supt. Jerry McCullough denied students a chance to watch President Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren about the importance of education. McCullough banned the address because, he said, it might interfere with lesson plans and cause a distraction.
WORLD
February 20, 2009 | Mike Dorning
President Obama made a seven-hour pit stop in this snow-draped Canadian capital Thursday, an inaugural foreign trip as president in which he sought to reaffirm good-neighborly relations and encountered crowds almost giddy at his presence.
WORLD
August 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada plans to map energy and mineral resources in its Arctic region in a bid to encourage development and assert its sovereignty in the far north, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said. Harper said field workers and specialized aircraft will use state-of-the-art science and technology to search for mineral and energy potential. The information gathered will be used to create geological models and subterranean maps to help companies find resources. Arctic sovereignty has moved to the forefront among northern countries as global warming melts Arctic ice and opens new shipping routes and access to untapped, potentially rich resources.
WORLD
October 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The country's prime minister said Canadians don't need a Parliament that acts like the U.S. Congress and panics like the U.S. Treasury Department. Prime Minister Stephen Harper criticized the way the U.S. has managed the credit crisis a day after political rivals said during a debate that the Canadian leader was out of touch with the seriousness of Canada's slowing economy. The Conservative Party leader said he needs a strong mandate from voters in the Oct. 14 national elections so he can deal with the economy.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
The Canadian and Ontario governments will provide local Canadian subsidiaries of the Detroit automakers with nearly $3.3 billion in emergency loans, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said. The announcement follows a pledge by President Bush to offer $17.4 billion in emergency loans to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler.
WORLD
October 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The country's prime minister said Canadians don't need a Parliament that acts like the U.S. Congress and panics like the U.S. Treasury Department. Prime Minister Stephen Harper criticized the way the U.S. has managed the credit crisis a day after political rivals said during a debate that the Canadian leader was out of touch with the seriousness of Canada's slowing economy. The Conservative Party leader said he needs a strong mandate from voters in the Oct. 14 national elections so he can deal with the economy.
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