Six stories in the news today:
SASKATCHEWAN PARTY CAPTURES ELECTION
Premier Brad Wall promised his brassy, unapologetic advocacy for his province will not flag as his Saskatchewan Party resoundingly delivered another majority election win Monday. Voting results show the party won 51 seats in the 61-seat legislature. The party also took about two-thirds of the popular vote. The NDP under Cam Broten added just one seat to their pre-election total of nine.
SASK NDP LOSES BOTH THE BATTLE AND THE WAR
Saskatchewan’s once powerful NDP is on the ropes today after losing both the provincial election and the seat of its leader, Cam Broten, to the Saskatchewan Party. It was a tight race in Saskatoon Westview, but Broten couldn’t pull ahead in the final polls. It was his first election as head of the New Democrats.
OTTAWA SPENT $500,000 ON BOMBARDIER STUDY
Taxpayers spent almost $500,000 on a study of Bombardier that began months before the Montreal company asked the federal government for US$1 billion for its CSeries commercial aircraft, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press. Industry Canada agreed to pay $499,930 to Deloitte Inc. to prepare a financial and market assessment of Bombardier, said a revised contract obtained through an access-to-information request.
VICTORY HOMELESS CAMP RULING DUE TODAY
A ruling is expected today on the British Columbia government’s application for a temporary injunction to remove a homeless camp on the grounds of Victoria’s law courts. B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson is scheduled to deliver his decision on the government’s application following a three-day hearing last month.
MP CALLS FOR STRONGER MINING OVERSIGHT
Liberal MP John McKay is calling for stricter oversight of Canadian mining companies abroad as plaintiffs increasingly look to Canadian courts to seek justice. He says the government needs to do more because Canadian companies operating internationally continue to be accused of violating local laws and human rights, despite overall improvements in the industry.
B.C. CONSTRUCTION WORKER TAKES ON TRUMP
A Mexican-born construction worker says he hung his native country’s flag high above Vancouver to remind Donald Trump that his compatriots built a 63-storey tower that carries the billionaire’s name. Diego Reyna has drawn international media attention after hanging a Mexican flag atop the Trump International Hotel and Tower over the weekend and recording a 43-second video that said the building wouldn’t exist without immigrants.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY
Statistics Canada will release Canadian international merchandise trade figures for February.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release its annual Condominium Owners Survey for Toronto and Vancouver.