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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the House of Commons justice committee heard all there is to know about the SNC-Lavalin affair. The opposition parties are demanding further meetings and hearings on the allegations of political interference levelled by former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. (The Canadian Press)

 
 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada will produce economic and social benefits. In a speech at Canada House in London following his visit with the Queen, Trudeau underlined the importance of diversity.

The Liberal government says it will not meet its Dec. 31 deadline to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. But Health Minister Jane Philpott says the new February deadline incorporates security and health screening concerns.

 

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says training of ground forces in Iraq is just as important as dropping bombs in the fight against Islamic State. Sajjan says that is why Canada will withdraw its fighter jets and focus on training.     

Harjit Sajjan says the government is looking at "many different options" for Canada's role in the campaign against ISIL. The defence minister says the situation needs to be viewed from an international perspective.

Santokh Bola alleges he was brutally beaten by Toronto Police during a mistaken arrest on Nov. 1. A bystander caught the incident on video, which Bola's lawyers say will feature prominently in the lawsuit against the police.

Bruce Carson has been found not guilty of influence-peddling in promoting the sale of water purification systems for First Nations communities. The lawyer for the former top aide to Stephen Harper says the verdict was the right one.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the process of setting up an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women will start soon. Bennett says consultation with families is needed to "get it right."

Andre Noel Denny has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the beating death of Halifax gay rights activist Raymond Taavel more than three years ago. Denny was originally charged with second-degree murder.

A First Nations advocacy group says the federal government's promised inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women must not repeat past mistakes. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says women should lead the process.

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