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Hong Kong should consult widely on extradition bill: U.N. rights boss

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged authorities in Hong Kong on Monday to “consult broadly” before passing or amending an extradition bill that triggered weeks of protests, or any other legislation. FILE PHOTO: U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a meeting at the chancellery in…

Bowing to pressure, Hong Kong leader suspends extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday indefinitely delayed a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, in a dramatic retreat after anger over the bill triggered the city’s biggest and most violent street protests in decades. The extradition bill, which would have covered Hong Kong’s seven million…

Federal oil tanker ban bill defeated in Senate, but legislation not dead

OTTAWA – A federal ban on tanker traffic off British Columbia’s north coast has been defeated in a Senate committee. On a 6-6 vote, the Senate’s transportation and communications committee rejected Bill C-48 Wednesday night. The committee’s five Conservative senators voted against it, joined by Alberta independent Paula Simons. Five other independents and one self-identified…

Montreal mayor says secularism bill targets minorities and violates freedoms

Quebec’s secularism bill is causing tension in society and Montrealers feel powerless to do anything about it, Mayor Valerie Plante told committee members studying the controversial legislation Tuesday. Montreal’s mayor was firm in her criticism of the bill, but she was also careful not to come off as confrontational. Plante acknowledged during her presentation that…

Liberal MPs join other elected officials to oppose Quebec’s secularism bill

MONTREAL—A coalition of federal, provincial and municipal politicians added their voices to those opposing Quebec’s proposed secularism bill on Sunday as they joined community leaders and citizens in denouncing the legislation as discriminatory and unconstitutional. A few hundred people gathered in front of a community centre in the Montreal-area Cote-Saint-Luc suburb for a protest against…