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12 stories in Canada we’re watching

In the news today: Kelly Ellard, Brian Pallister, the AG, and Bill Morneau


 
Justin Tang/CP

Justin Tang/CP

Twelve stories in the news today:

TEEN WHO KILLED REENA VIRK SEEKS DAY PAROLE

A British Columbia woman who murdered 14-year-old schoolgirl Reena Virk near a Victoria-area bridge in 1997 is asking for release from prison. Kelly Ellard is seeking day parole in her first bid for some freedom since the Supreme Court of Canada reinstated her second-degree murder conviction in 2009. Read more here. 

NEW MANITOBA CABINET TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY

Manitoba’s incoming premier, Brian Pallister, will today name the first Progressive Conservative cabinet in Manitoba since 1999. Having won a modern-day record 40 seats in the April 19 election, Pallister may leave many caucus members disappointed because he has promised a cabinet one-third smaller than the outgoing NDP’s, which had 19 members. Read more here. 

SEN. MIKE DUFFY BACK ON PARLIAMENT HILL

Sen. Mike Duffy will sit in the Red Chamber today for the first time in more than two years since he was suspended over expense claims. Duffy, who was recently cleared on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, appeared on Parliament Hill yesterday. Once he takes his seat in the upper chamber, Duffy can say whatever he wants under the blanket of parliamentary privilege. Read more here. 

UN OFFICIAL SAYS TREATY WON’T STOP BIG ARMS DEALS

The U.N. disarmament chief says the Arms Trade Treaty won’t mean an immediate end to controversial arms deals like Canada’s $15 billion sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. Kim Won-soo offered that assessment in an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press following his Monday meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion. Read more here.

LIBERALS GET A LEADERSHIP LECTURE FROM PANEL

Three former political heavyweights ended up giving the Trudeau government some unsolicited advice on leadership and trade issues at a meeting about foreign policy and defence. John Manley, a Liberal former deputy prime minister, Jean Charest, the ex-Liberal premier of Quebec, and Bob Rae, a former NDP premier and interim federal Liberal leader, spoke in front of a high-power audience at a Canadian Global Affairs Institute symposium late Monday. Read more here. 

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY

The Auditor General of Canada will release the 2016 Spring Reports in the House of Commons.

Activists and survivors of torture hold a rally on Parliament Hill to call on Canada to help prevent torture around the world.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will attend Question Period in the Senate.

Information commissioner Suzanne Legault will give the keynote address at the annual World Press Freedom Day luncheon in Ottawa.

Statistics Canada will release a study on family income mobility of Canadian tax filers from 1982 to 2012.

Quarterly results out today from Encana, WestJet, Tembec, Cineplex, Aecon Group, Centerra Gold, Iamgold, Agrium among others.

 In Halifax, a 36-year-old woman who teaches at a junior high school will be in court to face sexual assault charges involving a student.


 
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