Canada’s finance minister resigned on Monday amid friction with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over spending policies and after coming under fire for his ties to a charity tapped to run a student grant program. Just last week, Trudeau had expressed confidence in his finance minister as rumors swirled of a rift between the two men. Morneau, 57, has been in the job since Trudeau’s Liberals took power in 2015.
Nine of the 22 people killed in a Canadian shooting rampage actually died in house fires set by the gunman, police have said. Gabriel Wortman, 51, terrorized the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia for around 13 hours on the night of 18-19 April. The violence started when he assaulted his girlfriend, who escaped and is now a key witness, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has said.
Canadian police officials said on Wednesday that they failed to issue a timely public alert about the gunman responsible for the Nova Scotia shooting rampage. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said officers were informed by a witness on Sunday, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., that the gunman was likely driving a lookalike police car and wearing an RCMP uniform. Nearly three hours later, an alert had still not been issued.
At least 22 people were shot dead after a gunman went on a rampage in Novia Scotia over the weekend in Canada’s deadliest mass shooting to date. People were shot in their homes and properties set on fire. On Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they have recovered bodies from some of the locations of the fires. A police spokesman confirmed that 22 people were killed in the attack, as well as the gunman.
A gunman who at one point masqueraded as a policeman killed at least 16 people in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia during a 12-hour rampage, authorities said on Sunday, in what was the country’s worst modern-era mass shooting. Police discovered the killings late on Saturday after multiple reports of shots at a house in the small coastal town of Portapique, about 130 km (80 miles) north of the provincial capital, Halifax.
Canada is investigating reports a shipment of medical supplies the country had ordered was diverted to the US. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is “very concerned”, adding that “we need to make sure that [coronavirus] equipment that is destined for Canada gets to and stays in Canada. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 125 Canadians, while more than 10,000 have fallen ill.
President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Canada had agreed to close their border to all “nonessential traffic” because of the spread of the coronavirus. Trump indicated in his announcement on Twitter that it will not affect trade between the two countries but did not offer any additional details. The president has not closed the border with Mexico.
The Canadian government will no longer pay for Prince Harry and Meghan’s security, it said in a statement Thursday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living on picturesque Vancouver Island in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, where their security has been provided in part, by officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. While the couple has been welcomed in Canada, there has been public opposition to taxpayers paying for their security.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he has intelligence that indicates a passenger plane that crashed in Iran was shot down. “The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. This may well have been unintentional. Iran denies the reports, with government spokesman Ali Rabiei describing it as a “psychological warfare against Iran”, according to state TV.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election on Monday but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party. Trudeau, who took power in 2015 as a charismatic figure promising “sunny ways,” saw his popularity drop over old photos of him in blackface and his handling of a corporate corruption case.