Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken with his French counterpart amid controversy over recent comments he made about free expression. Mr Trudeau expressed Canada’s solidarity with “the people of France” following the recent terror attacks. Mr Trudeau’s remarks last week about freedom of expression were criticized in both Canada and France. There have been calls in some countries for a boycott of French goods.
Two people were killed and five wounded after being stabbed by a man dressed in medieval clothes and wielding a sword, Quebec police said on Sunday, noting the attack appeared to be driven by personal motives and not linked to any terror group. Police arrested a 24-year-old man from Montreal early on Sunday morning. The incident began late Saturday night, on Halloween, inside the city’s historic walled center.
Residents in the Canadian town of Asbestos have voted to rename their community to distance it from the once-ubiquitous mineral now recognized as being extremely poisonous and linked to lung and other cancers. The town, formerly home to one of the world’s largest asbestos mines, voted 51.5% in favor of changing its name to Val-des-Sources over five other options.
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.
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.
The chief financial officer of China’s tech giant Huawei is suing Canada over her arrest at the request of the US. Meng Wanzhou was held in December at Vancouver airport on suspicion of fraud and breaching US sanctions on Iran. On Friday Ms Meng filed a civil claim against Canada’s government, border agency and police for “serious breaches” of her civil rights. It came on the same day that Canada officially launched Meng Wanzhou’s extradition process to the US.