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May 14: A new leader for the PQ, a campaign-style speech by Harper, and a rising reward for the ‘Vaulting Bandit’


 
Photo by Cole Burston/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Photo by Cole Burston/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

PQ LEADERSHIP RESULTS DUE TONIGHT

The Parti Quebecois could have a new leader tonight, with Pierre Karl Peladeau seen as the favourite to replace Pauline Marois. Party members have until 5 p.m. ET to cast a ballot for either Peladeau, Alexandre Cloutier or Martine Ouellet. If none of the three gets 50 per cent, a second round of voting with the top two finishers will take place between next Wednesday and Friday.

PRIME MINISTER DELIVERS CAMPAIGN-STYLE SPEECH

With the federal election still months away, Prime Minister Stephen Harper used a campaign-style speech to tout his government’s economic record Thursday in a Nova Scotia riding known as a traditional Conservative stronghold. Harper told a packed high school gym in Truro, N.S., that the Conservatives are confident heading into this fall’s election. Harper remains in Truro this to make an announcement before returning to Ottawa.

PRENTICE SAYS TORIES HUMBLED BY ALTA. ELECTION LOSS

Outgoing Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says the Progressive Conservative party has been “humbled” by the message sent by voters in the recent provincial election. In his first public remarks since the May 5 election, Prentice told Thursday night’s annual leader’s dinner that he full responsibility for the party being soundly beaten by the NDP at the polls.

REWARD FOR ‘VAULTER BANDIT’ RISING TO $100,000

Police call him the Vaulter and Canada’s bankers will announce today that they’re doubling the reward for the bank robbery suspect. Two Ontario police services – York Regional Police and Peel Regional Police – and the Canadian Bankers Association will hold a news conference in Aurora, Ont., to announce the $100,000 reward. The robber, known at the Vaulter for the way in which he jumps over the counter during robberies, is linked to 19 bank heists over a five-year period across Canada.

GOLF APPEARS TO BE ON DOWNSWING AS NETWORKING TOOL

Hitting a few rounds was once considered a staple of networking for Canadian business leaders. But there are signs that, due to such factors as executives not having five hours to spare, golf’s status as the go-to activity for the business elite is slipping. After steadily accelerating for years, growth in the number of participants has stagnated, according to the a 2012 study on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

– Codey Reginald Hennigar appears in a Dartmouth, N.S. court to face three charges of second-degree murder after three bodies were found in a burning home in Wyses Corner, N.S.

– The Canadian Real Estate Association is expected to release sales figures for April.


 

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