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Ontario politician criticizes former PM for referring to her as a 'little girl'

Ontario politician criticizes former PM for referring to her as a 'little girl'TORONTO — An independent Ontario politician who left the Progressive Conservative caucus over cuts to francophone services is criticizing former prime minister Brian Mulroney for referring to her as a "little girl."Mulroney appeared Sunday night on Radio Canada's "Tout le monde en parle," and defended his daughter Caroline Mulroney, Ontario's attorney general and francophone affairs minister."She is the best voice that Ontario francophones could ever have, believe me," the former prime minister said in French. "The little girl who resigned, she has left. That's over. But Caroline is still there to defend the interests of Ontario francophones."Simard addressed the comments Monday on Twitter, writing that Brian Mulroney was attempting to defend his daughter, who "completely abandoned Franco-Ontarians.""He has done great things for Canada, but his comments belong to another era and have no place in a respectful and egalitarian society," Simard wrote. Simard was elected last year at the age of 29 to represent the largely French-speaking eastern Ontario riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.She left the Tory caucus in the wake of the government's decision to eliminate the independent office of the French-language services commissioner and scrap a planned French-language university.After an outcry from Franco-Ontarians, the government announced it would create a commissioner position within the office of the provincial ombudsman, establish a Ministry of Francophone Affairs and hire a senior policy adviser on francophone affairs in the premier's office. But Simard said she was not satisfied by the "partial backtracking" on the cuts.Premier Doug Ford has said the measures regarding the commissioner and the university were necessary to bring down the province's deficit, although he has not said how much would be saved.Brian Mulroney told "Tout le monde en parle" that Ford was elected to trim the deficit and debt."So it took cuts, changes of attitude, etcetera, and everyone was affected, including the Franco-Ontarians," he said. "But it has been barely a year that Caroline is there. You are going to see with time how well she works with her colleagues to mend fences and to rebuild confidence between Ontario's French minority and the Ford government."The Canadian Press


Trudeau fills vacancy in cabinet with B.C. MP Joyce Murray

Trudeau fills vacancy in cabinet with B.C. MP Joyce MurrayMurray's promotion came after Ontario MP Jane Philpott quit the cabinet over the SNC-Lavalin controversy. In January, Trudeau moved Jody Wilson-Raybould to Veterans Affairs from the justice portfolio, which went to David Lametti, in a medium-sized shuffle caused by minister Scott Brison's retirement from politics.


Operations largely back to normal at Toronto's Pearson airport after fire

Operations largely back to normal at Toronto's Pearson airport after fireTORONTO — Operations at Toronto's Pearson International Airport had largely returned to normal Monday morning after a fire the night before triggered an evacuation and major flight disruptions.The airport said on its Twitter feed that both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 were operating normally, but those travelling to the U.S. from Terminal 1 — where the fire started — could see some delays.Travellers were advised to check their flight status today before heading to the airport, which is Canada's busiest.All U.S.-bound flights from Terminal 1 were cancelled Sunday night after the fire broke out near a security checkpoint around 6:30 p.m.The fire was quickly extinguished, although there was no immediate word on how it started.Dozens of inbound flights were also stranded on the tarmac for hours as crews worked to make sure the airport terminal was safe.Photos posted on social media Sunday, as well as television footage, showed thick smoke in parts of the airport and frustrated passengers crowding the terminal's main concourse.Paramedics said one woman was taken to hospital in stable condition, while another was treated at the scene and released.Police said no major injuries were reported.The Canadian Press


In the news today, March 18

In the news today, March 18It was a chaotic scene at Toronto's Pearson Airport last night after a fire near a security checkpoint led authorities to evacuate the area. All U-S-bound flights at Canada's busiest airport were cancelled for the night, while dozens of inbound flights were stranded on the tarmac for hours. Facebook is launching a new advertisement library that will capture detailed information about political ads targeted at voters in Canada, including who pays for them and whom they target.


Fire near security screening area at Pearson airport causes cancellations

Fire near security screening area at Pearson airport causes cancellationsChaos erupted at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Sunday evening after a fire near a security checkpoint led authorities to evacuate the area, but within a few hours operations were starting to return to normal. All U.S.-bound flights from Terminal 1 at Canada's busiest airport were cancelled for the rest of the night, Pearson Airport announced on Twitter. "We thank passengers for their patience as we put safety first," a post from the airport's official account read, adding that outbound international and inbound arrivals processing had resumed just after 10 p.m.


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