International Trade Minister Ed Fast says his job "isn't simply to promote the narrow interests of the auto sector," in response to concerns from automakers that a pending free trade deal with South Korea will squeeze their already troubled industry.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper departed Sunday for South Korea, where he is widely expected to complete another long round of free-trade negotiations that his critics were denouncing as secretive and potentially bad for Canadian workers.
When it comes to job creation in Canada, there's Alberta and then there's everybody else. The latest employment data for February showed that the oil-rich western province created an impressive 18,800 jobs, largely in construction, mining and oil and gas.
As separatists in Crimea kept up pressure for unification with Moscow, Ukraine on Sunday solemnly commemorated the 200th anniversary of the birth of its greatest poet, with the prime minister vowing not to give up "a single centimetre" of Ukrainian territory.