4th of July Bash Toned Down This Year

As Americans mark Independence Day with fireworks, parades and barbecues, the annual Fourth of July party at the U-S ambassador’s residence in Ottawa expects a smaller-than-usual crowd. Many guests have decided to boycott the event this year, citing trade tensions and various concerns about the Trump White House. In past years, the popular event¬†had about four-thousand people on the guest list, but this year’s list has been trimmed to about one-thousand. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is among those who sent his regrets, saying he’s unhappy about the “constant attacks on our country.” Federal N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh is also skipping the party in a show of protest against U-S policies on trade and immigration. (The Canadian Press)

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