Eleven stories in the news today:
YOUTH TURNOUT SOARED IN LAST ELECTION
Newly released data on youth voters suggests they were neither apathetic nor disengaged in the last election _ and instead may be primed to become the most powerful voting bloc in the country. A report commissioned by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations suggests just over half of Canadians aged 18 to 25 went to the polls in the last election, a sharp increase from the 39 per cent turnout in 2011.
VOTERS GO TO POLLS IN MANITOBA TODAY
A testy provincial election campaign is over as Manitobans head to the polls today to elect their next government. The five-week battle for the hearts and minds of voters often seemed nasty and personal. Opinion polls throughout the campaing have suggested the Progressive Conservatives are well out in front after 17 years in opposition.
INUIT SUICIDES PLAGUE THE NORTH
The leader of the country’s national Inuit organization says his people are also dealing with devastating rates of suicide. The “heartbreaking” suicide crisis in the First Nation community of Attawapiskat has become a touchstone moment for how mental health issues affect Aboriginal Peoples, Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said Monday.
NOT ALL LIBERALS PLEASED WITH ASSISTED DEATH LAW
Not all Liberal backbenchers are happy with the Trudeau government’s restrictive approach to medical assistance in dying. Some fear the proposed new law does not comply with the charter of rights and falls short of what the Supreme Court ordered in last year’s so-called Carter decision, when it struck down the ban on doctor-assisted death. And at least one says it is much more restrictive than what her constituents want.
WILDFIRES FORCE EVACUATIONS IN NOTHERN B.C.
A state of emergency has been declared in northern British Columbia, where a number of wildfires have burned buildings, forced residents from their homes and closed roads. A notice posted on The Peace River Regional District says a large area, including Fort St. John and the District of Taylor, has been placed under a state of emergency because there is danger to people and property in the area.
TORIES QUESTION CABINET MINISTER’S L.A. TRIP
Opposition Conservatives say it was out of line for the international trade minister and a staff member to spend nearly $20,000 to stop in Los Angeles on the way back from an APEC summit in the Philippines. The Tories claim Chrystia Freeland took the November trip solely to appear on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” a popular U.S. trade show. But a spokesperson for the minister says Freeland was there for a trade mission and the show was just one stop of many.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY
Nova Scotia Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey delivers the provincial budget.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer will release a report on its website titled Economic and Fiscal Outlook April 2016.
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz and senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins appear at Commons finance committee.
Rogers Communications Inc. will hold its annual general shareholder meeting in Toronto.
Multi-faith leaders gather in Ottawa to comment on proposed legislation on physician-assisted dying.