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'It may go unnoticed': Why Canada is ripe for immigration scams

Imagine that your business name is used as bait to scam foreign workers hoping to come to Canada or that your stolen personal identity is used as the contact for the scheme. It is happening to some of Canada's best-known companies, including Bell Canada, Via Rail, Scotiabank and Bombardier and to a Montreal businessman, CBC News has learned. Those companies and the Montreal man were unaware that someone had used them as a front to defraud foreign job seekers out of thousands of dollars until CBC News told them. (CBC)

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Trudeau says he’s lobbied, but not influenced, at Liberal fundraisers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Monday that people lobby him at Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraisers, but said he ultimately makes up his own mind on what is good for Canada. It is the first time the Prime Minister has admitted that government business is being discussed at partisan Liberal money-raising events. This activity runs contrary to the very rules the Liberal Party made public earlier this year where it said government business is not discussed at pay-to-play fundraisers. At these events, Canadians or non-citizens who are permanent residents pay as much as $1,500 for access to the prime minister or other cabinet ministers. (Globe and Mail) (Metronews)

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Candice Malcolm: Trudeau must face facts on Iranian regime

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

The Trudeau government is quietly working to strike a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

After becoming Prime Minister, Trudeau lifted virtually all economic sanctions against Iran. During the UN General Assembly meeting in September, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion met with regime officials to discuss the status of Canada-Iran relations.

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Candice Malcolm: Trudeau government neglecting refugees

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

It has been exactly one year since Canada opened its doors to the first wave of Syrian refugees.

We have now welcomed more than 35,000 Syrian newcomers through churches, charities, community organizations and government-funded resettlement groups.

During this time, we have learned that admitting the refugees was the easy part.

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December 7th: Looking Back

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Last week marked the one-year anniversary of when the first group of Syrian Refugees arrived in Canada. December begins the so-called “Month 13”, when financial aid from the federal government stops for some government-sponsored refugees, leaving provincial governments to pick up the tab. Many refugees fear what lies ahead for their future in Canada. Overwhelming evidence suggests that Justin Trudeau’s interest in Syrian Refugees ended with the selfies at Pearson Airport when the first group of refugees arrived. 

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Candice Malcolm: Trudeau’s Mexican visa change puts international interests first

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has finally followed through on a major election campaign pledge – a promise he made not to Canadians, but to Mexicans. As of this week, Mexican travelers are now permitted to enter Canada without a visa.

The decision to lift the visa requirement for Mexicans will surely win Trudeau favours with his buddy Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s President. But what will it mean for Canadians?

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Candice Malcolm: Cubans in Miami denounce Trudeau's statement

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Justin Trudeau has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth and saying silly and embarrassing things.

Last weekend, however, when he praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, Trudeau didn’t just embarrass himself. He embarrassed all Canadians.

In a statement that claimed to speak on behalf of all of us, Trudeau sent a message that is counter to our way of life, our principles and the very heart of Canadian identity.

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November 30th, 2016: Looking Back

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Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau made international headlines for issuing a statement romanticizing Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Trudeau said he was mourning “a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century”. He even went as far as calling Fidel Castro a “remarkable leader”. This is simply unacceptable. Here are the facts about Fidel Castro – under Castro’s reign of terror, the Cuban people were oppressed by a violent dictatorship. Millions of Cubans were exiled, thousands were held in captivity, and hundreds were executed. Fidel Castro was a notorious human rights violator. It is shocking that Justin Trudeau would issue a statement “on behalf of all Canadians” to mourn the monster that was Fidel Castro. With Fidel Castro’s death, we celebrate with the Cuban people and hope for a freer and a democratic Cuba – Viva Cuba Libre!

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Candice Malcolm: The truth about Trudeau’s refugee budget numbers

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that the “budget will balance itself” and that our economy grows “from the heart out.” So it isn’t exactly surprising to find out that one of Trudeau’s campaign promises has gone massively over budget.

On the campaign trail, Trudeau told Canadians that his pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 would cost taxpayers $100 million. The Liberal Party’s campaign platform document stated that the refugee intake would cost $100 million in 2015/2016 fiscal year.

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