Premier pressured justice minister’s office to get rid of COVID charges, sources say

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith pressured the attorney general and his office to intervene in COVID-related court cases, according to multiple sources familiar with the interactions. Exchanges between the premier’s office and Justice Minister Tyler Shandro’s office over several months included what sources characterized as attempts to influence cases. “I would classify it as inappropriate,” one … Read more

Pressures of government made my agoraphobia worse, says former Cabinet minister

A former communities secretary described how working in the Cabinet exacerbated his agoraphobia as he sounded the alarm on the “huge toll” faced by front line politicians. Speaking about his experience of managing an anxiety disorder in a highly pressurised role, Simon Clarke said the “sheer physical and mental strain” on those with senior jobs … Read more

Chris Hipkins Sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister

Chris Hipkins was sworn in as prime minister by New Zealand’s governor general during a ceremony on January 25, in Wellington, after Jacinda Ardern that she would step down from the top job. Ardern said that she no longer had “enough in the tank” after steering the country through natural disasters, the Christchurch terror attack … Read more

‘Intimidating’: Doctor tells law society former health minister visited his home

CALGARY — The Law Society of Alberta heard Tuesday a number of allegations about Alberta’s justice minister over suggestions he violated the profession’s code of conduct. Tyler Shandro is facing three complaints dating back to his time as the province’s health minister early in the COVID-19 pandemic. A Calgary doctor, who had posted a photo … Read more

Jacinda Ardern makes emotional final appearance as New Zealand prime minister

made her final public as ‘s on Tuesday – saying the thing she would miss most was the people because they had been the “joy of the job.” Ardern sent shockwaves last week when she said she was resigning as leader after more than five years because she had nothing left in the tank. Over … Read more

Apple Aims for About 25% of Production in India, Minister Says

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. is looking to boost production in India to about a quarter of its global total, one of the country’s top government officials said, as the US tech giant seeks to diversify from its main manufacturing hub in China. Most Read from Bloomberg “They are already at about 5-7% of their manufacturing … Read more

Nadhim Zahawi ‘Will Be Gone By Prime Minister’s Questions’, Tory MPs Believe

Tory MPs believe Nadhim Zahawi will no longer be Tory chairman in 24 hours’ time, HuffPost UK has learned. The embattled minister is coming under increasing pressure after it emerged he paid HMRC over an unpaid tax bill when he was chancellor last year. In a statement at the weekend, Zahawi said HMRC had agreed … Read more

Letters: The Prime Minister insults his critics while failing to set out any vision of his own

SIR – Rishi Sunak has implied that those who do not understand why he has not cut taxes are “idiots” (). Is that how he regards Sir James Dyson (Comment, January 19), one of Britain’s most effective and innovative businessmen, who has criticised his tax policies (Comment, January 20)? Mr Sunak’s pusillanimous political attitude is … Read more

Ukraine defence minister says forces will train on German tanks in Poland – VOA

(Reuters) – Ukrainian forces will train on Leopard-2 battle tanks in Poland, Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov was quoted as saying on Friday, even though allies failed to reach an agreement to supply the German-made vehicles to Kyiv. Reznikov spoke to Ukrainian-language Voice of America after attending a meeting at Ramtsein Air Base, Germany, where Ukraine’s … Read more

Canada to help facilitate Cameroon peace process: Foreign Affairs Minister Joly

OTTAWA — The federal government says Canada will help guide a peace process aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in Cameroon where years of fighting and strife have displaced nearly 800,000 people. Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says there is an agreement by groups in the west-central African country to enter a process to reach … Read more