Canada: ‘Reprehensible’: Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of U.S. right

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'Reprehensible': Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of U.S. right

The Canadian Press
Alexander Panetta
January 15, 2018

WASHINGTON — In what’s almost certainly a first in the lengthy history of bilateral relations between the countries, Canada’s summer-jobs program has become the object of criticism from America’s right wing.

The reason is abortion.

A former Trump White House adviser, several news organizations and the president’s favourite Fox News morning show have all dumped on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s explanation for why pro-life groups should be excluded from $220 million in federal jobs grants.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/reprehensible-trudeau-abortion-policy-raises-ire-of-u-s-right

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Anti-abortion efforts out of sync with Canadian society: Trudeau

By Amanda Connolly, National Online Journalist, Global News
January 10, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doubled down Wednesday in Hamilton on his defence of reproductive choice in Canada at the second stop on his town hall tour across the country, saying groups seeking to remove the right of Canadian women to access abortion are out of sync with society.

The comment comes weeks after Global News reported the government will require all employers that apply for federal funding to hire students through the Canada Summer Jobs program sign an attestation stating that their organizational mandate and the role they want to hire youth for respects the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the right to abortion, as established by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Continued at source: https://globalnews.ca/news/3957069/anti-abortion-efforts-out-of-sync-with-canadian-society-trudeau/

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Canada Summer Jobs program will no longer fund anti-abortion, anti-gay groups

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Canada Summer Jobs program will no longer fund anti-abortion, anti-gay groups

December 15, 2017
By Amanda Connolly National Online Journalist Global News

The government is changing the rules around which employers can qualify for funding to hire students through the Canada Summer Jobs program to try and ensure that groups advocating against abortion rights or the equality of LGBTQ2 Canadians will not be able to get funding.

At the same time, the changes will seek to boost support for groups offering services and supports to the LGBTQ2 community as well as those offering opportunities to women in engineering and mathematics, Indigenous Canadians, immigrants and minority official language communities.

Continued at source: https://globalnews.ca/news/3914528/canada-summer-jobs-anti-abortion-anti-gay-groups/

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UN says Canadian funding for reproductive health agency critical after U.S. cuts

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UN says Canadian funding for reproductive health agency critical after U.S. cuts

Michelle Zilio, OTTAWA
December 6, 2017

The head of the UN reproductive health and rights agency says Canada's financial support has been critical to the agency's work after President Donald Trump cut U.S. funding this year.

Natalia Kanem, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, says the withdrawal of almost $70-million (U.S.) in American funding will put millions of women's lives at risk in the years to come. Dr. Kanem, who was in Ottawa on Wednesday to launch the agency's annual population report, said the Canadian government's renewal of $15.6-million (Canadian) in funding is "lifesaving" for vulnerable women and girls in some of the poorest regions of the world.

Continued at source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/un-says-canadian-funding-for-reproductive-health-agency-critical-after-us-cuts/article37230933/

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Canada responds to claims that aborted babies are left to die alone

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Canada responds to claims that aborted babies are left to die alone
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
October 24 2017, The Times

The Canadian authorities addressed claims from anti-abortion politicians in Ireland that the country’s laws resulted in babies being left to die alone.

Statistics Canada, a state agency, and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) made the comments after a group wrote to Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, expressing concern that claims about the country’s treatment of women were being made in the Oireachtas.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/canada-responds-to-claims-that-aborted-babies-are-left-to-die-alone-ttpjxxvqh

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Canada: Liberals protest appointment of anti-abortion MP as status of women committee chair

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Liberals protest appointment of anti-abortion MP as status of women committee chair

Gloria Galloway, OTTAWA
September 26, 2017

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is defending his decision to appoint an MP who has not supported legalized abortions to sit as chair of the Commons committee of status on the women.

Liberal MPs, who have a majority on the committee, walked out of a meeting on Tuesday after Rachael Harder, the member of Parliament for Lethbridge, was named to the position. The status of women committee is one of the few Commons committees for which the Official Opposition appoints the chair.

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/liberals-protest-appointment-of-anti-abortion-mp-as-status-of-women-committee-chair/article36401085/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

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Denmark Follows Canada’s Lead, Gives $37 Million to Push Back on Trump’s Overseas Abortion Funding Ban

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Denmark Follows Canada's Lead, Gives $37 Million to Push Back on Trump's Overseas Abortion Funding Ban

Lauretta Brown
Posted: Sep 19, 2017

Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced Tuesday that he would give $37 million to fund organizations that are losing funds due to President Trump’s re-instatement and expansion of the Mexico City policy, which bans U.S. funds from going to organizations that promote or perform abortions overseas.

“This is a clear signal to America. If somebody drops the torch, others must pick it up. The world needs leadership,” Rasmussen told the broadcaster DR.

Continued at source: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/laurettabrown/2017/09/19/untitled-n2383821

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Canada/Ireland: Trudeau urges Varadkar to see abortion as a ‘fundamental right’

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Trudeau urges Varadkar to see abortion as a ‘fundamental right’
Taoiseach tells Canadian PM there is ‘always more to do’ on social change

Aug 21, 2017
Fiach Kelly Montreal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been urged by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau to treat the issue of abortion as a fundamental right for women.

Mr Varadkar and Mr Trudeau discussed the subject in a bilateral meeting in Montreal on Sunday, along with Brexit, the EU-Canada trade deal CETA, the healthcare systems of Ireland and Canada, and how international problems should be solved though multilateralism and co-operation.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/trudeau-urges-varadkar-to-see-abortion-as-a-fundamental-right-1.3192431

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Canadian prime minister urged to discuss abortion with Varadkar

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Canadian prime minister urged to discuss abortion with Varadkar

The Taoiseach begins a three day visit to Canada tomorrow

A hashtag encouraging the Canadian prime minister to discuss Ireland’s abortion ban with Leo Varadkar is trending on Twitter.

The Taoiseach will meet with Justin Trudeau tomorrow as he begins an official three-day visit to Canada.

Both men will be attending the Montreal Pride Parade on Sunday before the Taoiseach moves on to Toronto where he is scheduled to carry out a number of engagements aimed at growing trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.

Continued at source: NewsTalk: http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.301/103141/0/

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Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda

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Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda
The Lancet
Published: 15 July 2017
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31860-3

Since his election in November, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has promised forward-looking health policies. Canada has always been seen as a global citizen in health, international affairs, and foreign aid, but under Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government (2006–15), credibility was questioned as he tilted Canada’s development programme for health and overseas aid priorities to align with trade goals, and his flagship Muskoka Initiative for maternal and child health ignored women’s reproductive health rights.

The announcement on June 9 of a CAN$5 billion annual aid plan for the next 5 years, directed at women’s organisations in the Global South, has now been welcomed as a feminist foreign aid strategy. 95% of Canadian foreign aid will now be committed to criteria specific to women, with the goal of empowering and improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women and their children.

Continued at source: The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31860-3/fulltext

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