France responds to Canadian NATO plea

TORONTO, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- France has responded to Canada's plea for more NATO combat troops in Afghanistan at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Lithuania, Canadian media reported.

Analysis: Afghanistan meets U.S. vote

BERLIN, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The German government fears a Democratic U.S. president will increase the pressure on Germany to send more troops into Afghanistan.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent
Anger over Gates' NATO criticism

Anger over Gates' NATO criticism

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' criticism of NATO allies' performance in Afghanistan led to major diplomatic back-peddling in Washington.

U.S. Congress debates U.N. Arctic accord

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Opposition is running high in Washington to congressional ratification of a 25-year-old U.N. treaty on ownership of the Arctic.

Reports of Chinese spies to be examined

OTTAWA, May 2 (UPI) -- Foreign Minister Peter MacKay did not discuss Chinese spies in Canada on his China trip despite concerns on the issue, a report said.

Parliament refuses to reopen gay marriage

OTTAWA, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Canadian Parliament Thursday rejected a move to reopen the question of same-sex marriage.

Rice praises Canada's role in Afghanistan

STELLARTON, Nova Scotia, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Canada's military role in combating the Taliban in Afghanistan was praised Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a visit to Nova Scotia.

Canada cuts relations, aid to Hamas

OTTAWA, March 30 (UPI) -- Canada became the second country, after Israel, to sever diplomatic ties and financial aid to the new Hamas-led Palestinian government.

Conservatives want to talk beef in D.C

OTTAWA, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The leader of Canada's Tories says a U.S. ban on north of the border beef could be lifted faster by sending a former Conservative prime minister to Washington.

Under the Maple Leaf: Still a race of one

TORONTO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A weekly look at Canadian politics
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Peter MacKay
Federal Conservative Deputy leader Peter Mackay (L) is interviewed by Mark Critch, star of the CBC television comedy "This Hour has 22 Minutes" at the Juno Cup hockey match during the first day of the 2006 Juno Music Awards weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 31, 2006. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)

Peter Gordon MacKay, PC, QC, MP (born September 27, 1965) is a lawyer and politician from Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the Member of Parliament for Central Nova and currently serves as Minister of National Defence in the Cabinet of Canada.

MacKay was the final leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (PC Party). On October 15, 2003, he and Canadian Alliance leader Stephen Harper agreed to merge the two parties, forming the Conservative Party of Canada. In December 2003, members of both parties ratified the merger.

MacKay was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. His father, Elmer MacKay, is a former PC cabinet minister, lumber businessman, and lawyer. His mother, Macha MacKay (née Delap), is a psychologist and peace activist; through her, MacKay is descended from James Alexander, 3rd Earl of Caledon and James Grimston, 1st Earl of Verulam. MacKay grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with his three siblings. He graduated from Horton District High School in Greenwich, Nova Scotia, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University/Carleton University in 1987, MacKay then studied Law at Dalhousie University and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991. He worked for Thyssen Henschel, steel producer, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in Düsseldorf and Kassel, Germany.

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