Trump and first lady light the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.
“At Christmas we remember this eternal truth: Every person is a beloved child of God. As one grateful nation we praise the joy of family, the blessings of freedom and the miracle of Christmas. On behalf of Melania and our entire family, Merry Christmas and God bless you all,” the president said.
New Minister of Middle Class Prosperity declines to provide clear definition of middle class
Canada’s first-ever Minister of Middle Class Prosperity declined to provide a clear definition of the middle class, but she said having kids enrolled in hockey is a telltale sign.
Ottawa-Vanier MP Mona Fortier was elevated to cabinet Wednesday with the new position of Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance.
The title did not come with an immediate job description.
Ms. Fortier appeared on several radio programs Friday to discuss her new role and the government’s agenda, with the caveat that she had not yet been fully briefed by officials. She promptly faced the same question that has dogged her cabinet colleagues over the past four years: What is the middle class?
Alberta sheds 18,000 jobs in November; energy sector takes a beating
Alberta’s employment doldrums deepened in November, as the economy lost 18,000 jobs and the unemployment rate nudged upwards.
A University of Alberta economist said it’s the worst single-month employment pummeling the province has endured since the oil price crash five years ago.
“And it’s the second-largest monthly drop on record,” said Trevor Tombe.
The jobless rate grew by 0.5 points to 7.2 per cent, joining B.C. and Quebec as the only provinces where the rate increased, according to Statistics Canada.
But in Calgary, the unemployment rate dipped slightly, from 7.2 per cent in October to 6.9 per cent last month.
The national jobless rate edged up by 0.4 points to 5.9 per cent, with employment losses in Alberta accounting for a quarter of the national total.
Unions told thousands more job cuts coming to Alberta public service
Nearly 6,000 Alberta public-sector jobs could be eliminated as the UCP government tries to cut costs and find efficiencies, the provincial government signalled to Alberta’s largest union in letters released late Friday afternoon.
The union received the letters in advance of bargaining for 2020 collective agreements. The letters are not formal notices of layoffs, but as required under the collective bargaining process, outline cuts the provincial government might make.
Throne speech promises tax cut, climate action and ban on military-style firearms
In a throne speech promising new efforts to tackle climate change, make life more affordable and impose a ban on “military-style” firearms, the Liberal government today called on members of Parliament to work across party lines to solve some of the country’s most pressing issues.
The first throne speech since the election — which saw voters return Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals to power in a minority government — struck a conciliatory tone.
Trudeau Gun Ban Targets 200,000 Long Guns: Global News
TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will order hunters, farmers and sport shooters to surrender about 200,000 of their firearms if re-elected, Global News reported today, citing Bill Blair, the minster for confiscation.
The estimate covers what Blair called “assault-style weapons,” Global said, citing Blair speaking to reporters this morning.
It would be the biggest single firearm seizure in Canadian history.