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Four stories in Canada we’re watching

May 5: Albertans head to the polls, the Liberals are victorious in PEI, and a ruling on your cellphone roaming costs


 
Todd Korol/Reuters

Todd Korol/Reuters

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN COURT TODAY FIGHTING KHADR BAIL

The federal government will be in an Appeal Court in Edmonton today seeking to block Omar Khadr’s release on bail. Ottawa is hoping for a stay of a lower court decision that Khadr should be allowed out – possibly later today. A lower court judge agreed Khadr should get bail, arguing he poses no security threat.

ALBERTANS VOTE TODAY WITH OUTCOME IN DOUBT

Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice says Alberta is not an NDP province and voters will determine today if he is correct. If he isn’t the Tories 44 year dynasty in Alberta would come to an end. Alberta’s NDP, led by Rachel Notley, has been riding a surge of support since the election was called a month ago, and Wildrose leader Brian Jean is urging PC voters to vote for his party.

LIBERALS VICTORIOUS IN P.E.I., GREENS MAKE HISTORY.

The Liberals in Prince Edward Island captured a third consecutive term behind rookie leader Wade MacLauchlan. The Liberal majority dipped slightly to 18 seats from 20 while the Tories won eight seats and Green party leader Peter Bevan-Baker made P.E.I history by winning his seat. The NDP’s Mike Redmond failed to win his district.

CROWN AND DEFENCE ARGUING OVER EVIDENCE AT DUFFY TRIAL

Mike Duffy’s trial is taking a detour this week as the Crown and defence haggle over a piece of evidence. The judge is hearing arguments about whether a 2010 Senate committee report can be considered fact for the purposes of the suspended senator’s trial. Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

RULING TODAY COULD AFFECT WIRELESS ROAMING RATES

The CRTC will issue a decision today that could affect fees charged to consumers when they roam with their wireless devices outside of home network areas. Federal budget measures last year set a cap on wholesale roaming costs at no more than what carriers charge their retail customers. The CRTC has heard that the wholesale rate caps were actually hurting smaller players.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

– Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues visit to the Netherlands.

– BlackBerry chief executive John Chen will address the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce on the company’s turnaround strategy.

– In St. John’s, N.L., the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research will release its 2010-2015 progress report.

– The long-running Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal releases its 2015 lineup.


 

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